Posted by: waynebreitbarth | January 16, 2011

LinkedIn “All Updates” Settings: Your Daily Time Saver

Welcome Back:

In this week’s tip I don’t want to go very far from home, and I mean that literally. I am going to share with you some of the features/options/settings available on one of the most important parts of your LinkedIn home page—your All Updates section. I consider this section the ear to your world. It allows you to keep track of what your network is saying, doing, sharing, and finding important, so you better take notice. After all, these are the same people you hope are going to help you accomplish your goals, so what they are up to should matter to you a whole bunch. That being said, as you add more and more connections, this section can get pretty busy, noisy, and really active. Therefore, you need to do your best to grab control of this information feed so you can zero in on the most important people and things going on and being said.

Let me share with you the ways you can get that control. First, you will want to start by making sure the types of updates in your All Updates feed are the ones that interest you. You do this by clicking “Customize,” which is on the same line as the All Updates header. Here you will see a list of the types of updates that are available. Before you select the types, you can pick the number of update feeds you want shown on your home page—10, 15, 20 or 25. I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t select 25.

The next step is critical—deciding what types of updates you want to show on your All Updates home-page feed—because these selections will help you be much more efficient, especially on those days when you don’t have a lot of time to commit to your review of updates. There are sixteen different updates that you can either show or hide. Keep in mind that your feed has a limited number of entries. Thus, the more types you select here, the less you will get of each update type. So if you can cut down the number of types, you will see more of the ones you think are critical. This choice may not be so easy since they all may have some level of importance at different times, but you can review all updates anytime you want. This step is designed to help with what you want to do daily or most frequently.

In my opinion, the most important ones to check out on a daily basis are:

-New connections in your network

-Posts from your connections

-When connections change profile information

– When connections receive recommendations

-Jobs posted by your connections (especially for you job seekers)

– Events your connections are interested in attending

Be sure to save these settings by clicking “Save Changes” when you are done.

In the All Updates section on your home page, your updates will feed in the order in which your network is posting them. You can override this chronological ordering by simply selecting one of the choices to the right of “All Updates.” You will find this very useful. Your choices are all the different types of updates: Shares, Connections, More (Companies, Recommendations and so on). Once you click one of these, it then shows you all of those types of updates in chronological order. I use this consistently to check out who is meeting whom by selecting “Connections.” Try this out a few times, and I think you will find yourself using this feature every day. This is a real time saver and, as far as I am concerned, the key to the deal.

A related feature I want to share with you is your ability to hide status updates from people whom you either think share too much or not really the right stuff for you. Just click “Hide” next to one of their updates, and from that point forward you will not be annoyed by that person’s updates (ramblings). Once you have done this, you will see the word “Hidden” to the right of the All Updates heading line. By clicking that, you can view the people you have turned off, but you can also turn them back on from this same page if you change your mind. This is helpful for those people whose networks you want to have access to for whatever purpose but don’t want to be kept abreast of every little thing they decide to tweet out to their LinkedIn status update connections. You will find this super helpful as you add people in your network who have the kinds of networks you want access to but they are using the status update to spend more time marketing and selling than helping and sharing.

One other really neat feature in this whole status update area that I should mention (and this is for those people who are not familiar with or are new to Facebook) is the “like” feature. Simply put, whenever you click “like” just below a status update from one of your connections, you will then be posting that update to all of your connections. This is a very productive way to help your friends out and vice versa.

Lots of details today, I know, but I sure hope some of these suggestions help you become more efficient in your daily use of LinkedIn.

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