LinkedIn Confusion: Who’s viewed my Profile?

by Jan & Bert

Many people are very curious about who has viewed their Profile on LinkedIn.

On the Home page there is a link (at the right hand side): “Who’s viewed my profile”.

You can click on this link and then you will see something like “Your Profile has been viewed by 8 people in the last day, including” and then a list with people.

Many times you don’t see a name, but something like “Someone in the Executive Leadership function in the Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry from Antwerp Area, Belgium”.

If we ask the participants in our workshops or presentations what they think that needs to be done to see the name, 80% of them answers: upgrade your account.

However, this is not correct!

At the bottom of the page you see “To see more people, upgrade your account”.

You have to interpret this very literally: instead of the 5 people you see with your basic (free) account, you then see all 8 of them. But still no names.

The reason?

LinkedIn is very sensitive about privacy. However most people don’t know they can fine-tune what others see about them and how LinkedIn can work best for them.

In this case, the clue is in the Settings page (you will find the link on top of each page via the small arrow next to your name) and then "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile".

Only when someone has selected "Your name and headline" you will see who they are.

Another misperception is that when you click a link like “Someone in the Executive Leadership function in the Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry from Antwerp Area, Belgium”, the first one in the list is the one who has visited your profile. This is not true, it can be anyone from the list!

Conclusion: even if you upgrade your account you will never see who has viewed your Profile unless they changed it themselves.

To your success !

Jan and Bert

PS: more tips can be found in "Chapter 20: Little Known, But Interesting Features and Behavior of LinkedIn" of the book "How to REALLY use LinkedIn". You can download it for FREE!

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