Undoubtedly, the LinkedIn Notifications tab is my favorite updated feature after the desktop redesign. I absolutely love it! Why? This a one-stop shop for finding out what’s happening with your connections and how they are interacting with you. It’s a huge time saver, especially when you want to dip into LinkedIn and you only have a minute or two. Find it by clicking on the bell icon on the right side of the navigation bar – between the Messaging and Me icons.
Here’s a quick list of the info you’ll find in the Notifications area:
- Who’s viewed your profile
- Who has endorsed you
- Updates that mention (tag) you
- Conversations, likes, and shares of updates you’ve posted
- Comments, likes and shares of articles you’ve written
- New connections
- New followers
- Activity on group discussions you’ve created or interacted on
- Articles posted by your connections
LinkedIn strongly encourages engaging and chatting with your connections by listing birthdays, new jobs and work anniversaries here.
You have the option to send a 1:1 message (between just the two of you) with the “Say happy birthday” and “say congrats” buttons. Clicking on those prompts leads to a message box for personalizing the note. Another option is to click the “like” button. Beware though – if you do that, you’ll be sending a “congrats” status update that is visible to everyone.
Managing all this information
Here’s the cool part! LinkedIn groups birthdays, new jobs, who’s viewed your profile, and reactions to your posts all together. You can click on “See who’s celebrating” or “See new positions” and you get a list of your connections that this applies to. The size of your network determines how often your lists are updated.
And, do you see the three dots on the right side of the notification (highlighted in yellow) ? These are the More dots. Whenever you see these, you can click on them and you get more options. In this case, the option is to “Turn off notifications of this type – Birthday”. LinkedIn is letting you take control of what you see here.
Value of the Notifications Tab
Short on time? Here are some tips!
Make the Notifications tab one of your first stops when you log into LinkedIn. Pick a category (like birthdays) just once a week. Scroll through and pick a couple of people to send a personalized message to.
Or, check to see who has endorsed you. Then reciprocate and endorse those people back.
Have you ever posted a status update and didn’t realize until a few days later (maybe because you got busy and didn’t get back into LinkedIn) that someone left a comment and continued the conversation? Now, you can go back about two weeks to see if anything has happened with your updates.
If you were tagged in someone else’s post. You won’t miss out – thanks to the notifications tab.
As your network grows, it becomes harder and harder to keep up with everyone. People drift in and out of your view and even your life. This tab makes it easier to keep updated on what they’re up to.
The best way to develop, nurture and maintain your relationships is to engage and keep in contact. You never know when one little message might lead to a new opportunity.
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