LinkedIn Active Status: Did They Make the Right Choice for You?

linkedin active statusLinkedIn just added an exciting new feature. And it should really improve your ability to communicate with your connections: LinkedIn active status.

But as exciting as it may seem, I highly recommend you thoughtfully review your settings for this feature, right now. While you’re at it, revisit some of your current strategies relating to connecting through LinkedIn messaging.

Active Status, simply put, is a way for you to see if a connection is currently active on the LinkedIn site, either on desktop or mobile.

Currently, you can only see a person’s status when you’re in the LinkedIn Messaging section, but my guess is that this will be expanded to other LinkedIn sections in the future. You can access your LinkedIn Messaging section by clicking the Messaging tab on your top toolbar.

How Does LinkedIn Messaging Active Status Work?

If your connections are currently active on LinkedIn, you’ll see a green circle in the bottom right corner of their profile photo if they’re on their desktop or a green circle with a white dot in the middle if they’re on their mobile app. If you see either of these circles and send them a message, they will be instantly notified of your message.

Personally, when I’ve noticed connections are active and then sent them a message or responded to a message they had sent me, I’ve gotten quick responses numerous times.

However, when I’ve discussed the LinkedIn active status feature with people, they share mixed opinions. Some like it and some don’t.

The concern seems to be that it may lead to unwanted solicitations and spam messages as well as a new category of nuisance person on LinkedIn referred to as “message stalkers.” But many people are hopeful that Active Status is a breakthrough tool that will facilitate real-time conversations and move casual relationships toward meaningful and mutually profitable relationships.

How to Adjust Your Active Status Settings

The default setting allows people to see whether you are currently active or inactive. I personally believe this is the appropriate setting for most people, especially considering that you can put yourself in “do not disturb” mode by switching your Display your active status setting to “No” at any time.

You may also find it helpful to block certain connections from seeing whether you’re active or not. Simply type their name in the Hide active status from select people box. Then they will not be able to see your active status. Doing this will not affect the rest of your network; they’ll still be able to see whether you’re active or inactive.

To access this setting:

  • Click on the Me tab on your top toolbar
  • Select Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu
  • Click the Privacy tab
  • Choose Manage active status
  • Switch the toggle to Yes or No

I look forward to seeing whether or not people use this new LinkedIn feature to it’s full potential. More important, hearing success stories from those who use active status strategically.

But my initial reaction: “well done, new features like LinkedIn active status  coming our way.

For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Power Formula.


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Wayne Breitbarth AuthorAbout the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. An experienced businessman, speaker, and author, Wayne shares his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals. Through private business consulting and presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine and also the American Marketing Association, Wayne makes LinkedIn simple. Wayne is the author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. Connect with him on Twitter.



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