6 ways to control your LinkedIn privacy settings

LinkedIn privacy settings“Privacy is on life support” is a saying I heard recently and I am not just talking about what you say on Twitter or Facebook.

We are all pretty much up with the play with our Facebook privacy settings, but have you thought about what privacy settings you should be using on your LinkedIn profile if any?

Consider looking at making some privacy changes if you are:

  • A job seeker who is still employed
  • Recruiting “under the radar”
  • Someone who wants to keep their connections private
  • Unsure what options are available to you
  • Simply a very private person

What can you do?

By clicking the SETTINGS link, which is at the top right of your LinkedIn page under your name, you will find the options open to you.

These are the choices of privacy settings that are open to you. Let’s look at what they mean and how to control them:

  • Turn on / off your activity broadcasts. Each time you make a change to your profile such as edit your current position, if this option is turned on, everyone you are directly connected to i.e. your 1st degree connections, will all be notified via an alert sent to their home page. This alert is also triggered when you make a recommendation, or follow a company, and will also be shared in your own activity feed.

If you are a job seeker, then you may want to turn this off, you don’t want your boss to see you perfecting your LinkedIn profile in interview preparation and following your business’ competition.

  • Select who can see your activity feed. This can be customized so that anything that appears in your activity feed is only seen by just yourself, your 1st degree connections, your greater network or absolutely everyone. Again, if you are a job seeker, then select just yourself.
  • Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile. If you are looking at others’ profiles for maybe pre interview intelligence, or if you are actively recruiting a position, you may feel comfortable letting that person who’s profile you have viewed know that you have been by. If you wish to remain incognito, then you can choose to simply be known as “someone in your industry and title”, or completely anonymous with “anonymous user”.

Even if you have the premium account, you won’t be able to see any more information about someone if they have chosen to limit their privacy settings.

  • Select who can see your connections. Only people in your 1st degree will be able to see your connections, no one else, and some industries, particularly recruitment, seem to keep them locked down, out of the prying eyes of the competition with the thought that others will see their client base.  I wish all of my connections were clients if that is the case!

Again, the choice is yours whether you keep them on display for your connections to see. If you do choose to hide them, any shared connections you have with this person, will still be on view as LinkedIn figures you both know that person, so it doesn’t matter.

  • Change your profile photo and visibility. You can set this so that your photo is visible to your 1st degree connections, your greater network or open to everyone.

If you don’t want others to see your picture, then set it to connections only. It is important to have an up to date photo on your LinkedIn profile as you are several times more likely to show up in search results with a complete profile, so if you are looking to expand your business or be recruited, this is a must.

  • Viewers of this profile also viewed. If you don’t want people to go snooping around looking at your competition, or recruiters looking at the rest of your team, then this is something you may want to turn off. As a professional speaker, I don’t want to advertise on my page who others have looked at and give them any ideas.

Once this is turned off, you can’t see who you are being compared to either, so decide on what is important to you.

No matter what your reason is for making an adjustment to your privacy settings, it’s better to have the knowledge to make the right decision than find out the hard way if you show something you wish you hadn’t.

Have you considered your LinkedIn privacy settings? Will you make any changes after reading this article?


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“How I Grew It” lunch event with Annah Stretton – CEO Stretton Clothing and Publishing



Join us for lunch at Euro bar and restaurant in the private dining room on Friday September 28th on Auckland’s viaduct and hear the warts and all story of how Annah Stretton started in business and got to where she is today.

Tickets are limited to only 16 so grab one while they are still available here http://howigrewitsept.eventbrite.co.nz/

The feedback from the last event was very good, great speaker, great food and great company!

Come and enjoy, and be inspired at the same time.


Photo from Annah’s website

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LinkedIn Profiles – What’s changed?

New linkedIn profile changes


The new LinkedIn profile look hit me today so I thought I would quickly point out the changes and how they make an impact on you. The main things to note are:

  • Your contact details are hidden away making the whole area much smaller.
  • Your employment history is condensed
  • Your image is bigger so make sure it’s a good one.

LinkedIn profile contact detailsYour contact details might be hidden away, but with the new layout, it pulls up the extra information such as your address and anything else you have in this area, making it more visible. This previously sat at the bottom of most peoples page.


This means that everything has moved up quite a bit making your summary even more important as it’s so much closer to the top of the page now or “above the fold”, so spend some time and focus on getting your summary reading well.

I like the new look, what do you think?

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LinkedIn trial just for New Zealand members

LinkedIn today has released a trial just for New Zealand members, very cool

LinkedIn endorsementsIt’s a mini version of recommendations, and it’s simply called endorsements. It’s quick and easy, and only available to your first degree connections at the moment, which makes sense.

Simply go to your connections’ page, look for their skills (another great reason to have them listed) and click which skill you would like to endorse. Your profile picture will then show as someone who has endorsed that particular service, making networking online even better.

When someone endorses you, you will be notified via an email digest and you can see who has been endorsed in your news stream too.

Just a trial at the moment, starting today. I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

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You post, but am I even there?

Plenty has been said about the best times of the day to post to your company Facebook page for optimum results, and you may have done a few lose trials yourself, but are your target market really listening at those suggested times of the day?

If my target market are women aged 18 – 28, then I had better be posting often during the day to keep them engaged, and maybe even into the evening and weekends too. But if my target market are women 45 – 55, am I better simply posting first thing in a morning whilst they have breakfast, or early evening just before the best TV shows start?

I personally don’t use Facebook for personal use during the day, I’m busy working, so as a brand, if you are posting to me then, chances are I’ll miss it.

Food for thought posters. What has your experience been so far?

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Content curation for the B2B sector – new to you

Content curatorIf your target market is in the B2B sector, then chances are Facebook may not be somewhere you will be spending much time. Instead, you need to be hanging out and networking where other like-minded business people, preferably those that want what you have to offer are hanging out. You can put all the updates you want onto your company Facebook page, but it may just be a waste of time for you.

If your business is in the B2B sector, then you will need to have an up to date, extremely robust and comprehensive LinkedIn profile with company page, a great database that you talk to regularly and you will be blogging at least weekly if not more.

The first two areas should be a given, you should have those working for your brand right now, but if you really are stuck with the blogging aspect, or more so the time aspect of blogging, then you probably need the services of a content curator.

A content creator is someone that literally picks the best content off the web or from books, maybe adapts it a little, and re-posts the best and meaningful bits with full attribution to the original author. No stealing, no copyright issues, just picking the best information and using again, legitimately. They simply capture the best content from the rabble of noise that surrounds us daily.

This content can then be used to compile your blog, your newsletter content as well as your LinkedIn updates. The most popular topics for the B2B sector are sales and marketing, your team, strategic planning, and general business. What do your clients want to hear about?

The content can be supplied to you for you to use, or the delivery can be handled directly for you, it’s your choice.

Anyone in the B2B space should be using this service, it’s so simple to organize and so simple to get results, so find out more today.

Now that your content is organised, you can relax and get on with something else.




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How I Grew It – Auckland lunch at Euro

Join us for a great two-course lunch and a glass of wine at Euro bar and restaurant, Princes Wharf, Auckland in their private dinning room and hear “How I Grew It”– the good, the bad and the ugly bits!

No PowerPoint, but a simple informal talk about the key things that happened in their business journey, the influential people they met along the way and what they would do differently if they had their time again.

Our August 31st lunch speaker is

Shane Bradley – Founder and CEO at GrabOne

Shane’s background is Founder and CEO of Finda, Sella and IdeaHQ so he has certainly got some great knowledge to share with you.

There will be time for questions and answers at the end, and there are only 16 tickets available each month so don’t delay.

Get your ticket here, there are only a handful left.

Hope to see you there!

Linda Coles, Blue Banana

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