Here is an overview of the most common questions about settings for your LinkedIn profile and company or brand pages. Of course we can’t cover everything, as this is a blog post and not a book so if there is anything else you want to know ask away in the comments section!
1. Location Information on LinkedIn
When you first sign up for LinkedIn it makes it mandatory to provide your postal or zip code. This does not need to be provided. Instead you can use all zeros. If you want to change this once your account is already set up follow the instructions below.
Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu under your name.
Scroll down and you will see the box below. The “Profile” section will already be visible. Click “Edit your name, location & industry”.
Enter zeros where you had you postal or zip code.
2. What Others See When You’ve Viewed Their Profile
One of the unique features of LinkedIn is you can see who has viewed your profile. The tradeoff is you have to allow others to see when you have viewed their profile. By default others are able to see your photo, name, headline, and location. If you would like to change this, you have two other options. Option one, showing industry and title. Option two, completely anonymous. If you select one of these alternative options rather than LinkedIn’s default settings, you will not be able to see who has viewed your profile or any statistics.
In order to access these options select “Settings” from the dropdown menu under your name.
Scroll down and you will see the box below. The “Profile” section will already be visible. Click “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile”.
You then are presented with the three options we discussed.
3. LinkedIn Group Digest Management
Receiving too many emails from the groups you are part of on LinkedIn? You can control how often email digests are sent for each group individually. Your options are daily, weekly, or no email at all.
Follow the steps above (Go to your Settings and then scroll down) then click on the Groups, Companies & Applications tab. Once here, click “Set the Frequency of group digest emails” shown below.
4. Email Preferences
You can also go into the “Email Preferences” section in Settings that will let you control the types of emails you receive from LinkedIn, the frequency of emails, and who can send you invitations.
5. 3rd Party Applications
3rd party applications can be turned on or off in the “Groups, Companies & Applications” section. This should be done if you do not want your data shared with these applications.
6. Customize Updates
In the “Account” section of Settings click “customize the updates you see on your homepage” feature, which allows you to customize the updates you see on your homepage.
While here you should also click on “Manage security settings”. Then check the box as shown below.
7. Broadcast Setting
Don’t want everyone to see when you change jobs? You can change this by clicking on “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts”. Then uncheck the box shown below.
8. Twitter Settings on LinkedIn
You can add your Twitter account to your LinkedIn Profile.
When you are making an update (post) on LinkedIn you can have this post to your LinkedIn and Twitter at the same time if you select it from the dropdown menu before clicking Share.
9. How Do Employees Get Added & Removed On a Company Page?
Employees are automatically added to a company as long as they select the correct company name when they are adding it to their work experience.
If you would like a member removed from a page, this must be done by LinkedIn. In order to have a member removed here is the information required to be submitted: http://bit.ly/12KKs68.
10. Control Who Can Make Posts On a Company Page
When a page is first set up, anyone who is added to the page can make a post. In order to restrict posting to only certain people , one must become the page admin. If the page was set up by someone who has left the company, or if the page is currently controlled by someone that is not part of the company, you must contact LinkedIn to gain access to the page.
Once you are a page admin you are able to designate other admins. In order to do so, go to the company page and click “edit” in the upper right hand corner. You will then see a box that will allow you to type in the name of a connection that you would like to designate as an Admin (see the photo below). In order to add an admin, they must be a personal connection on your LinkedIn account, they must be following the company page and must also have a company email, for example email@example.com.
11. How to Close Your LinkedIn Account
Under Account you can click on “Close your account” in order to delete your account completely.
On the topic of LinkedIn, did you receive an email letting you know what percentile of most viewed profiles you fall under for 2012? Where did you land? View the LinkedIn congratulatory letter here: http://linkd.in/V6V6lE.
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