Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Interacting with your connections, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- As people begin accepting your connection requests, you're going to see Notifications show up in the top right-hand corner of your LinkedIn interface. You'll notice that this section not only displays new connections, but also things like skill endorsements and the like. This is a centralized hub for finding out very important information that's happening with your LinkedIn profile. Any time you see a little red badge on top of this flag, that means there's something you need to pay attention to. In this movie, we're gonna be exploring how to interact with our new connections that we have here. If I click on this message, you're going to notice that it take me here, where I can see all of the different things that are happening with my connections.
If I want to manage my connections, it's very easy to do. I can go to the Connections tab and click, and it'll take me to this section, which looks very much like an address book. This is where I can do a lot of things, including tagging all of the contacts that I have. You might be wondering exactly what a tag means. A tag is basically a way of categorizing the connections that you have. LinkedIn has some pre-built tags, like colleagues, friends, et cetera, and that's based on the type of information that you gave LinkedIn when you sent a connection request or when someone sent a connection request to you.
You can also add your own specific tags. Don't worry about what you use in the tagging system, though. These are only visible to you, so it really doesn't matter what you use. In this case, I can click Manage, and I could select things like colleagues or I can add new tags from the top here. So I could do things like Potential Clients, Potential Lead, Acquaintance, and each time I'm just typing that in and I'm hitting Add New Tag. If I need to get rid of a tag, all I have to do is simply click the little x next to it, and the tag will then be removed once I confirm.
Once I'm finished adding tags, I hit Finished, and now all of those tags are available to me. I can also select all of my connections, and then I can add tags. I could do something like edit the tags, and I could make sure all of these are colleagues, and hit Save. Now all of those people have been tagged as colleagues, and I now show 3 people underneath my colleagues tag section. I don't have anybody underneath Acquaintance or Potential Clients as of right now, and nobody underneath Untagged anymore. You'll see the number grow as you start to tag more and more people.
You can also use this as a place to edit the contact information for the people that you have in your Connections list. For instance, if I wanted to click on George Bailey, it's going to show me George's information over here on the right-hand side. I can even go in and make changes to certain details by clicking Edit details. Once I do that, it's going to launch this window here where I can View & Edit the Contact Information for George Bailey. It does note up here at the top that this is a Beta feature, so you need to be careful, because that might mean that some things might not work as advertised or that you might run into a bug here or there, but no big deal.
Underneath here, you can add a primary and secondary Email address. You can add Phone numbers, Instant Messaging. You can add an Address, Website or even the person's Birthday. So if I wanna add in something like the Website, I can drop this down and I can hit http :// twotreescreative.com, and then we'll drop down this list and we'll say this is the Personal Website for George. His Birthday, let's do, let's do something like the 20th of May and we'll do something like 19 65.
That's when George was born. Then any additional info, Contact, Notes, et cetera, can all be done here. Then we'll hit Save Changes. Once we hit Save Changes, all of that information has now been saved to George, making it easy for us to keep track of who George is, how we know him and various ways to get in touch with him in the future. Once you're finished editing all of this information, you can click that x in the top right corner and it closes it down. You'll notice when I get back on this page, I'm still right where I left off. I can go into anybody's contact information I want and continue to edit them.
There are lots of different ways that you can interact with your connections here on LinkedIn, and changing the contact information is just one piece of the puzzle. In a future movie, we'll talk a little bit more about sending messages and contacting your connections here on the LinkedIn system.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account