Are you traveling in the right LinkedIn circles?

Are you traveling in the right LinkedIn circles? LinkedIn “Active Status” circles, that is! Most people I speak with aren’t aware that LinkedIn has introduced a new feature, active status, and that it’s located in LinkedIn messaging.

Not knowing about LinkedIn active status is one thing, but not knowing how to leverage it is another. We’ll discuss both concepts in this post.

First, active status in the LinkedIn messaging allows you to see which of your LinkedIn connections is currently active, thus currently “reachable,” on LinkedIn. How do you know that? When one of your connections is on LinkedIn and active, a green circle will appear in the bottom right corner of his or her LinkedIn photo. You will receive this alert when you are on either your desktop or mobile app.

There are two different status indicators. You will find them in the bottom right corner of your connection's profile photo in LinkedIn messaging. What do they mean?

  • Solid green circle A solid green circle next to someone's name in LinkedIn messaging means he or she is currently on LinkedIn and will be instantly notified when you send them a message
    Your connection is active and available.
  • Green circle with white dot inside A green circle with a white dot inside indicates that someone is not actively using LinkedIn, but has push notifications enabled on mobile so he or she will be notified instantly when you send them a message.
    Your connection is available on mobile.

Important note: If there is no green circle, this indicates your LinkedIn connection is not currently active on his or her LinkedIn desktop or mobile and may have disabled the active status feature on LinkedIn messaging. Your message will still be sent, but your connection won't see it until he or she accesses LinkedIn messaging on desktop or mobile.

Please note the indicators also appear in the LinkedIn messaging conversation windows. These windows are located at the bottom right of your LinkedIn Home, My Network, Messaging, and Notifications pages on your desktop and mobile app.

If you’re not familiar with LinkedIn Messaging conversation windows, these are pop-up chat windows located at the bottom right of every page on your LinkedIn profile. Their purpose is to allow you to leverage this feature with any one of your connections, thus making conversations faster and more accessible.

Before we close this post, we want to emphasize — remember that only your connections will be able to see when you're active on your desktop or your mobile app. Also, when you initially sign up for LinkedIn, your account is automatically opted in to active status within the LinkedIn messaging desktop and mobile experience.

Turning active status in LinkedIn messaging “on” or “off”

Although not recommended, you may want to turn active status on or off. To do so:

  1. Click the Me icon in the top right corner of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
  3. Click the Privacy tab near the top of the page.
  4. Under the Profile privacy section, click Change next to Manage active status.
  5. Switch the toggle to No under Display your active status to turn off active status.
  6. To turn on active status, switch the toggle to Yes under Display your active status.

Note: If you turn off your active status, you'll also lose the ability to see when your connections are active on LinkedIn.

Advanced user tip: In both cases of active status, your LinkedIn connections are instantly notified when you send a message. A solid green circle is the ideal at this point, signalling that it’s the most opportune time to send a message. You know your LinkedIn Connection is online, and chances are he or she will view your message immediately. If you want to be really bold, pick up the phone and call this person.

If you see a green dot with a white circle inside, still send a message. Although your connection is not active on LinkedIn, he or she will be notified that you sent a message and can respond accordingly.

As the essence of LinkedIn, or any social platform, is engagement, what better way to engage than when you know your connection is currently active on LinkedIn?

If you would like to delve deeper into your specific LinkedIn profile, please contact your Delaware FundsSM by Macquarie regional director and he or she will arrange for a telephone call or in-person meeting.

This content is for educational purposes only and is not an endorsement of any app, service, or publicly traded company.

FINRA regulates the use of social media. Advisors should consult their compliance departments about restrictions regarding the use of social media before accessing any social media networks for a business purpose.

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