Wayne Breitbarth, LinkedIn guru and author of “Power Formula for LinkedIn Success,” now in its third edition, posted a warning to LinkedIn users about changes ahead. The warning came in his blogpost “Protect Yourself Now Because LinkedIn is Making Big Changes.”
Based on their track record of past updates (some with warning and some without warning), they’ve been known to take things away, including some of your valuable information that you’ve built over the years. For instance, you might remember that company page recommendations simply disappeared one day. Therefore, in light of LinkedIn’s announcement of impending changes, it is in your best interest to immediately take a few steps to protect your data.
His blogpost is worth reading, but to summarize his recommendations
- Get a free archive of your data, which he explains as “Go to Privacy & Settings>Getting an archive of your data, and then click the blue Request archive button on the right.”
- Save your profile: “Go to your profile (and company page if applicable) and click the blue View profile as button. Then go to the top browser toolbar, select File, and then select Print.” Making a PDF of your profile from “View Profile” will save only the text — which is important because you can import that text into a word processor. Printing your profile from a browser will keep your graphics so you can see them in position
Breitbarth also warns users who subscribe under the Sales Navigator program to import notes and tags from their regular LinkedIn account to Sales Navigator. He also says that “if you have upgraded to one of the premium Sales Navigator accounts and have taken advantage of the notes and tags features, be sure to transfer to Sales Navigator all information that will transfer, because the word on the street is that notes and tags are going away at the end of March.”
LinkedIn is getting a new interface, currently in beta. Breitbarth links to a YouTube video that shows it in action.
Power users of LinkedIn have had a love-hate relationship with the program and the company. The roller coaster ride of cool features that tempt users to rely on the program only to have them disappear, and the company’s growing emphasis on higher fees make many wonder if it’s worth the effort and the commitment. The Microsoft-LinkedIn merger only maintains the muddiness of that wonder for many users, paid and free.
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