LinkedIntelligence Part VI: Settings

If you’ve signed up for LinkedIn, you may have noticed you can get a lot of email notifications for invitations, messages, group activity, LinkedIn news, and LinkedIn updates. This can make it difficult to wade through all of it to find the important activity you actually want to see and respond to. Here are some tips on how to change the settings so your LinkedIn experience is more effective.

To get to your settings, go to the top right corner of your LinkedIn window, click on your profile picture icon, and select “Privacy and Settings”. This will bring you to the page where you can control settings for four categories – Profile; Communications; Groups, Companies & Applications; and Account. Today we will be focusing on the last three of these.

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Communications Settings.

The most important notification setting to change to make your LinkedIn experience more manageable lies in the “set the frequency of email” option. This is where you can limit the number of email notifications you receive so you won’t get an email for every single change in activity on your LinkedIn network.

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There are five main categories when changing your email settings, but the most important ones to focus on are Group digests and Notifications. Between these two categories, there are at least seven different email notifications you could get in one day.

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To make your email notifications more centralized for your group settings, click on the “Daily Digest Email” or “Weekly Digest Email” option. Doing this will have LinkedIn email you a list of updates once a day or once a week so you can go through all of them at the frequency you want.

If you really don’t want any notifications about your group activity, you can select “No Email,” but this may make it difficult to use your group activity to network.

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When it comes to your personal notifications updates, these settings can be adjusted under the Notifications setting. I would suggest clicking on “Daily Digest Email” for your Notifications Summary setting rather than “No Email.” That way, you can then select “No Email” for the rest of the settings under Notifications and receive one email summary for all of those notifications instead of an individual email for each one.

Groups, Companies and Applications Settings.

The most important setting to focus on here so you don’t get overwhelmed with email notifications about all group activity is the Set the frequency of group digest emails. Here you can choose how often you want notification and news summaries for each group you are part of, companies you are following, and applications you are using on LinkedIn.

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Again, if you want less email notifications, choose the “Weekly Digest” or “No Email” options. As you get more active in specific groups, you may want to change the setting to “Daily Digest” so you can keep up with the latest activity and contribute to conversations happening. Remember, the key to using groups effectively is maintaining meaningful activity so you can network with and be remembered by other members.

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Account Settings.

Finally, under the “Account” setting, you can use the Customize the updates you see on your home page setting so your LinkedIn newsfeed does not get cluttered and overwhelming.

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The best way to go about modifying this setting is based on how you are using LinkedIn. For example, if you become employed and really like your job, you may be using LinkedIn solely for group activity and networking purposes. Therefore you probably don’t want the “Job Opportunities” option checked because it will just clutter your newsfeed with information about jobs you may not be interested in.

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You can also decide how many updates you want to see at once. Setting this option to 10 may be best when you first start using LinkedIn so you do not get bombareded with too many notifications before you get a hang of scanning through and finding the important updates you want.

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There you have it! As you continue to use LinkedIn, you’ll get a better feel for what settings work best for you. But for now, these guidelines should be helpful to any beginning LinkedIn users!

Have other LinkedIn questions? Check out the other articles in this series:

Part I: 4 Reasons You Should Be Using LinkedIn

Part II: LinkedIn Basics

Part III: 5 Must-Haves for Your LinkedIn Profile

Part IV: How to Find the Right Groups for You

Part V: How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Network Effectively

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