New Beta feature on LinkedIn.

That’s how the feature is visible on my main dashboard page when I log into LinkedIn – on the right hand sidebar.

That’s what the display looks like when I click on the sidebar link – it shows me people’s titles who have visited my profile in the last three days.

  • It does not give me names of people – so there is no direct access to the visitor’s profile.
  • Each result is a click able link that allows you to search for the particular person based on their title in their profile heading. Most people do not have a very specific title in their profile heading so search results tend to run into 500 for most of the queries. I got two searches where the results were 11 and 7 in number.
  • It’s an interesting way to determine how much your profile is viewed. And who are the typical bunch of people who view it. Doesn’t give much detail though. Unlike in Xing, where they tell you exactly who came and checked out your profile – it has turned out to be beneficial to make a connection and even get business.
  • You can also change your visibility setting where you can choose to either show your name and headline or you can chose to show your industry and title – these are called anonymous profile characteristics or you can choose to not show at all that you visited someone’s profile.

The feature is still in Beta – maybe they’ll come up with some additional functional and useful features like maybe showing us what keywords were used when the visitor landed on our profile.

8 comments

  1. it seems linkedin very good to find network in professional. The features “who view my profile” is really useful to find who interested in our profile. It is different than other social networking that mostly focus on personal networking.

  2. I think this is a useless feature and one that will no doubt waste a lot of time. Why scour around looking to see who has viewed your profile but not contacted you. Obviously they didn’t find anything that made them want to pick up the phone and call you – so why do you care if they looked at your profile?

    I run a Long Island Business Networking site called and on out site we did a poll asking people whether they wanted to know who viewed their profile and why. The top networkers, those who were doing business regularly and effectively were overwhelmingly opposed to the feature and urged us to focus our development time on other areas of the site.

    I prefer to spend my valuable time dealing with real hot leads and attending to my clients, rather than hunting down people who clearly are not interested in me enough to shoot me an email.

  3. Whatever, Linked In is terrible anyways. Its a big slow giant more for “socializing and “myspacing”. If you want a professional leads from serious professionals go to referralkey.com I’ve been a member of this gem for long time.

  4. Cheers David, my 15 year old son uses “Linked In”. lol. I only permit my firm to use Referral Key as well…..

    See you on the Key!

  5. It’s actually quite useful to know who has looked at your profile, because it’s a leading indicator of interest. It’s a first clue as to who is interested in you, and it’s also a way to discover other people in the network who you otherwise might never meet. But LinkedIn’s implementation of this feature leaves a lot to be desired, as you’ve thoughtfully pointed out. Essentially, they’ve released a broken feature – I mean, come on, why on earth would I want to know that “someone” at xyz company is viewing me? That’s lame. Either show me who is viewing me or don’t. That’s what Biznik business networking does, and I can’t believe there is any other way to do it.

  6. Linked in has always been careful to maintain strong member privacy right from the start – and this has worked well for them, considering that an average linked in user is older, more mature and concerned about getting value for his subscription.

    And yes, you’ve really got a fine blog here…a refreshing break from the tons of crappy blogs out there. Keep rolling..!

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