LinkedIn Tip: How to Quickly Post a Message in Several Groups

August 19, 2010

I got the last weeks a few times the question: “How do I post my message in several LinkedIn Groups without having to copy/paste it?”

It is not very intuitive, but rather simple.

These are the steps:
1) Post your message in one LinkedIn Group.
2) In that same Group, click on “Search”.
3) Below your message you will see the option “share” (caution: this only works in the standard view, which equals “All Discussions” on the left hand side).
4) Click on “share” and choose the other Groups you are member of in which you want to post the message as well.

To your success !

Jan

PS: get your free light version and free updates of the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn (or in Dutch: het boek Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken)


LinkedIn Confusion: what does “Top Influencers” mean?

August 12, 2010

With the new layout of LinkedIn Groups, there is also new functionality: “Top Influencers”.

(You see this in Groups/Discussions at the right hand side of the page when you scroll down)

Many people wonder what this is and how it works.

The answer: these are the people who started a Discussion which got lots of answers.

So someone could only start one discussion and then be the top influencer for weeks if people keep commenting on it.

Remark: the counter for the top influencers is set to zero every week. As a consequence everybody has the same chances to be the top influencer of that week.

The reason LinkedIn does this is to support people who bring in good content or topics, rather than people who post a lot.

The question still remains whether this is the best way to go. Me having to write a blog post about this shows that it is not intuitive, what every website should be.

To your success !

Jan

PS: get your free light version and free updates of the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn (or in Dutch: het boek Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken)


LinkedIn Confusion: Who has downloaded my Box.net files?

August 5, 2010

I have received several emails and LinkedIn messages lately from people asking me how they could see who has downloaded one of their documents from the Box.net file Application.

(If you absolutely don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, look at my LinkedIn Profile and scroll till you see the header “Jan Vermeiren’s files”, sub title “Free LinkedIn Tips (in English and Dutch). This is the Box.net application, which is free to use by the way.)

Just like I wrote in a previous blog post “LinkedIn Confusion: Who has viewed my profile” you can’t do anything to view who this person is.

The only one who can show other people who (s)he is, is the person him/her-self.

If you want other people to know that you have visited their Profile or that you have downloaded one of their documents, do this:
– Go to Settings (top of page, right hand side)
– Go to Profile Views
– Change the standard “My anonymous profile characteristics, such as industry and title ” to “My name and headline”

The question many people ask, is: “Do I want other people to know that I have visited their Profile or downloaded one of their documents?

Of course it depends on the situation, but for me it has brought positive results: because people saw that I looked at their Profile, contacted me. So they take the initiative to start building the relationship, which is most of the times much easier than the other way around!

To your success !

Jan

PS: get your free light version and free updates of the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn (or in Dutch: het boek Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken)


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