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5 LinkedIn features you may not (but should) know about

Kristin Burnham | May 2, 2012
If you're job hunting or looking to expand your professional network, many people turn to LinkedIn and its portfolio of features and tools to browse job listings, connect with colleagues, ask questions, join groups and more.

SpeechIn is part of LinkedIn Labs, which means there is certainly room for improvement within the app. But if you want a quick rundown of what's happening today, SpeechIn isn't a bad choice.

4. Hide Your Identity When Viewing Profiles

The "Who's Viewed My Profile" box is on the right side of your LinkedIn page when you first log in:. In it, you can see vague attributes of people who have clicked on your profile, such as the company the person works for, sometimes their name and occasionally someone labeled "Anonymous." If you don't want others to see information about you when you look at their profile, you need to change the following setting.

Navigate to your settings page and click the link for "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile." In the form that pops up, select the appropriate option: either anonymous profile characteristics or anonymity. Then click save changes.

5. Visualize Your Network

Another useful tool from LinkedIn Labs is called InMaps--an interactive, visual representation of your professional network that helps you better "understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections," according to the professional social network.

To try InMaps, visit its homepage and log in with LinkedIn. Once it gathers your connections, it generate a map like the one below.

The map is color-coded to represent different affiliations or groups from your career, such as previous employers, college classmates or industries you've worked in. As you zoom in, bigger names represent people who are the most connected with that specific cluster. When you click on a contact, you'll see their profile pop up on the right, as well as lines highlighting how they're connected to your connections.


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