Do you use LinkedIn for research? If so you might want to hide your LinkedIn profile views.
I find the ‘people who viewed your profile’ section on LinkedIn fascinating and I often wonder where these people came from. Maybe they liked one of my updates, found me through a connection or advanced search.
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Knowing that people can see when you’ve viewed their profile is cool too. If you want to stay in touch with someone you don’t always have to drop them an email or a message. When they see that you have visited their profile it will get them thinking about you.
But what if you want to review a profile a lot? What if you are doing competitive research or trying to find out who has a specific role in a company? It may not be advantageous for people to know you have been visiting their profile in this case. If you want be anonymous on LinkedIn this video shows you how.
There is a downside. When you go anonymous on LinkedIn you are also limiting what you can see about who visits your profile. If you go completely anonymous you won’t be able to see any information about those who look at your profile. If you choose the semi-anonymous option you will see limited information.
For this reason I go anonymous whilst researching (or teaching) and toggle back to full profile mode when I’m finished.
Do you like seeing who has been viewing your profile on LinkedIn? Would you prefer to be anonymous all the time? Do you use LinkedIn for research? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.