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Making Sure LinkedIn is Your Friend and Not Your Enemy

So, you are surfing around LinkedIn checking people out. No, not in a weird creepy way… what the hell is wrong with you. I am talking about checking people out for the right reasons…

Perhaps you are looking for new and interesting speaker for your conference, maybe you are checking in on your competition, you could be looking at the info on a potential new hire or maybe you yourself are hunting for a new gig. All are reasons that someone might be trolling the internet and more specifically, LinkedIn.

The big problem with trolling is that you normally don’t want people to know that you are looking at their information and in the case of LinkedIn, unless you take specific action to say so, people can see that you have viewed their profile. In fact, LinkedIn pro users can see everyone that viewed their profile and even free LinkedIn accounts get a peak at 5 or so a week. U-G-G.

There is a quick fix for this however and it is easy and painless to implement.

First, log in to LinkedIn. 

  • In the upper right, click your Name > Settings and then Click “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.”
  • Now choose “you will be totally anonymous”

Remember that this is a feature that can be turned on and off so perhaps when you are done securing the speakers for your next conference; you may opt to turn it back on. 

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