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 !