Something appears to be in the air because I’ve been asked this question a few times this month:
How can I block someone that I’ve already removed as a connection on LinkedIn, but still keeps annoying me with invitations to connect, group invites and other such things?
Is Mercury in retrograde? Perhaps. However, I’d rather not go into some of the reasons these folks gave for wanting to take things to that extreme (I was able to get at least one person to rethink it), so I decided to just go ahead and share what LinkedIn provides as a “Member Blocking Overview” in this post.
I strongly recommend, though, that you consider simply limiting people’s access to you. Perhaps one (or more) of these options could be a better choice for your situation (btw, all links below go to content within LinkedIn’s Help Center):
When you block a member on LinkedIn, here’s what will happen:
- You won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn
- You won’t be able to message each other on LinkedIn
- If you’re connected, you won’t be connected anymore
- We’ll remove any endorsements and recommendations from that member
- You won’t see each other in your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”
- We’ll stop suggesting you to each other in features such as “People You May Know” and “People also Viewed”
LinkedIn will not notify the person that you blocked them, and only you will be able to unblock the member.
Blocking behavior is mutual for you and the person you block. Once you block someone, you won’t be able to view their profile information, see content they have shared, see them in your Who’s Viewed Your Profile, or send communications to them while signed in on LinkedIn either.
Please note the following regarding blocking:
- Blocking doesn’t apply to information you have made public, such as your public profile, content posted in public (open) group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on Influencer posts. You can always review your public profile settings to change how you appear in public search engines.
- Mutual connections that you share with someone you’ve blocked, may re-share content created by the person you’ve blocked into your stream. You can choose to hide these updates from your stream.
- There is not a way to block anonymous viewers of your profile at this time.
- Blocking isn’t supported between a group member and a group manager.
- If you’d like to block a manager of a group you belong to, you will need to leave the group first, and then block that person.
- If you’d like to block a member of a group you manage, you will need to remove that member from the group and then block that person.
- Contact records that have been stored or saved locally to your device need to be removed manually.
- If you’re accessing LinkedIn via a mobile device, you could see cached data regarding the blocked member’s profile. To refresh your cache, login and log out of your LinkedIn mobile applications.
- If you’re using 3rd party applications that leverage LinkedIn’s APIs you could see cached data of a blocked member on those applications. If that occurs, you’ll want to contact the application for instructions on removing that cached data.
- Blocking doesn’t currently apply to mobile, SlideShare, and LinkedIn Pulse.
- Blocking doesn’t work within LinkedIn Intro, which was shut down as of March 7, 2014.
Please let me know if I can help you with this issue or if none of the above sounds like the best solution for your situation. And if you’re in need of some expert assistance with leveraging LinkedIn as a tool for business or career, be sure to contact me.
P.S. I checked; Mercury IS in retrograde. June 7 – July 2.
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It’s true! Congratulations just might be in order because the word on the street is that LinkedIn has opened the floodgates, and if you’re a LinkedIn member, you can most likely get a professional blog (plog) on LinkedIn like mine!
Here’s the post I wrote a few weeks ago about getting into the Beta and here’s the latest scoop straight from LinkedIn’s Help Center:
If you’ve been given publishing capabilities, you can start writing directly from your LinkedIn homepage.
- In the Share an update box on your LinkedIn homepage, click the Edit icon. This takes you to the writing tool.
- Write your post. To include visuals:
- Click the camera icon in the tools panel on the right.
- Click Browse in the box that appears.
- Select the file you’d like to upload and click Submit.
- Click Publish, Save, or Preview in the lower right.
- Click Close in the lower left to leave the writing tool.
Learn more about LinkedIn’s publishing platform and if you don’t appear to have the ability to start publishing, you can apply, but be prepared to share links to professional content you already have published online somewhere. Please note: LinkedIn Influencer is something different and is invite-only.
And, I’m excited to announce, if you’d like to hire me to get you started publishing your own professional blog on LinkedIn, check out my new Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn program today!
Are you going to participate? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below.
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I was doing some research on LinkedIn for a client over the weekend and learned of an upcoming major change to the Company Pages feature. As of April 14, 2014, the Products & Services Page/Tab (with all those recommendations you collected) will no longer be supported. Until then, you can edit existing products and services, but the ability to add new products and services will no longer be supported.
Wait. What?? Yes, it’s true. Like many companies, LinkedIn sunsets (or retires) features, products and/or services based on usage (or lack thereof) or a variety of other reasons. Like it or not, when you’re using a freemium service, you can expect this to happen rather often, and it also happens even when you’re paying.
A letter went out to Company Page administrators today explaining the upcoming change, and then here’s what I found in their Help Center:
At LinkedIn, we aim to provide a simple and efficient experience for our members. To do this, we’re continuously evaluating how our current products and features are used, and seeking new ways to focus our resources on building the best products. This sometimes results in the retirement of certain features. So on April 14th, the Products & Services tab will be removed from all LinkedIn Company Pages. What does this mean for your page?
Your Products & Services tab will be removed on April 14, 2014. Until then, you can edit existing products and services, but the ability to add new products and services will no longer be supported.
Company Page Administrators can recover Products & Services Recommendations directly from the tab by copying the information into your own document. You should have also received an email regarding this change and can download a copy by clicking a link from within that message.
Where on my Company Page should I put this information now?
While Products & Services is going away, companies can get more visibility for their products and services by using Showcase Pages and Company Updates as an alternative for sharing content:
- Showcase Pages allow you to extend your Company Page presence by creating a dedicated page for prominent products and services. A Showcase Page should be used for building long-term relationships with members who want to follow specific aspects of your business, and not for short-term marketing campaigns.
- Company Updates are key to building relationships with your page followers. When your followers engage with your updates, it spreads your message to their networks and provides you even greater reach. Updates can be seen by your followers not just on your Company Page, but also on their newsfeed (across all devices including mobile).
Use caution going forward
Because of LinkedIn’s history of unexpected changes like this one, I always caution my clients against investing too much time on LinkedIn features that they can’t back-up or are mission critical to their corporate identities/brand. For example, two of my tips:
- Output your Connections list at least once a month and save the files on your hard drive or in Google Docs.
- Copy and paste the recommendations you’ve received for your products or services (from your Company Page) to your web site or into a blog post.
Here’s my current Products & Services page for Bella Domain Media just so you have a visual:
What will you do to salvage some of the work you’ve put into building your Products & Services page? If you have you used the P&S page to develop “social proof,” what will you do now instead?
Recently, LinkedIn officially announced LinkedIn Publisher and is eventually making the possibility of becoming an “influencer” (of sorts) available to all members with an itch to blog, share their stories, inspire others, and, well, become content curators for their topic(s) of choice. Mine, for example, are networking as part of your marketing strategy, maximizing LinkedIn and professional/personal branding in today’s social world.
Do you have it in you to become an influencer on LinkedIn?
Today, LinkedIn’s Influencer Program already has 500+ participants, and about 25K beta testers (like me). However, with the introduction and rollout of LinkedIn Publisher, every single member of LinkedIn will soon have the potential to become an “influencer” on the platform too.
Blog publishing platforms, such as BlogHer, Tumblr, WordPress, Project Eve, Technorati, and others, are already in the content-sharing/blog-hosting business and have been around for years making most of their money from advertising on their platforms.
And now that LinkedIn is making their LinkedIn Publisher program available to everyone, each member will be able to publish their own content and demonstrate their thought leadership on this highly-trafficked social networking platform.
Up until this point, most people would embed media into their profiles (PDFs, SlideShares, etc), or used their own blogs and then shared (hopefully) relevant content to establish themselves as content curators and experts in their chosen topic areas. And when it came to their blogs, people had them hosted elsewhere and readers had to leave the LinkedIn site to go read the posts they shared, but now with Publisher, readers can stay within in the LinkedIn environment and authors can get the analytics needed to track their progress around boosting their personal/professional brand and establishing their expertise with a wider audience.
I got lucky
So, I applied for early access to Publisher and couldn’t believe my luck when I found this email when I went to my inbox:
And here’s what was on my Home page when I opened up LinkedIn on my laptop this morning:
You can get lucky too!
You, like everyone else, will soon get access to Publisher. Just watch for the box above to appear on your home page, and if I were you, I’d start working on that ideal first post now. That way, you’ll be ready to post when you get the “You’re invited to publish…” box.
That being said, I’m excited to share my first official post as an influencer on LinkedIn! Here’s what it looks like over there:
Then, here’s how it will show up on your LinkedIn Profile page (and now we know why they disabled our posts from appearing in the main feed for awhile!):
Are you going to participate when the time comes? What will your topic(s) be? Please share in the Comments section below. Want my help getting started? Check out this PAGE to learn more!
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