LinkedIn: Everything You Need to Know About the Social Network for Professionals (CIO.com)

LinkedIn Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Social Network for Professionals
– Kristin Burnham, CIO
January 13, 2011 

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LinkedIn Features:

5 LinkedIn Privacy Settings You Need to Know

How much of your profile have you made public? Can others see that you've viewed their profile? If you're unsure of these answers, it's time to revisit these five privacy settings.

"LinkedIn Labs" Showcases Experimental Projects

LinkedIn showcases experimental applications and projects via its new site LinkedIn Labs, where users can get their hands on new features and help determine their fate. Here's a rundown of four apps that are currently live.

LinkedIn's New Face: Tour "Signal's" 6 Key Features

The professional social network keeps pace with Facebook and Twitter by announcing a product that streams news and updates from contacts. Take a visual tour of the significant new look -- and benefits.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: "Company Follow" Now Works Better

LinkedIn's newest tweak rolls out three changes that will benefit hiring managers and job seekers.

Your Guide to the New "Groups" Features

LinkedIn's Groups pages just got a facelift. Here's a look at the new, more interactive options and what they can do for you.

How to Use "Company Follow"

LinkedIn announces a new feature that lets you keep track of key developments at companies you like. Here's how to use it and how to manage your settings.

How to Get the Most From "Answers"

LinkedIn's Answers feature can help you showcase your expertise and connect you with people that hold similar interests, but use it with caution, experts say.

Tour the New Sharing Options

LinkedIn unveils changes to how you can share information on the site, emulating functionality from Twitter and Facebook. Here's what you need to know about LinkedIn's new updates.

LinkedIn Recommendations: Five Ways to make the Most of Them

As potential employers or recruiters peruse your work experience on LinkedIn, recommendations from past and present colleagues can be one of the most helpful features to help communicate your value. Here are five tips for doing the most good for yourself with LinkedIn recommendations.

New LinkedIn Apps Platform Overview

Since LinkedIn launched its application platform, the social network for professionals must carefully vet what technologies get added to the site, ensuring that they honor users' privacy while bolstering productivity.

LinkedIn for BlackBerry Smartphones: Details and Images

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) (RIM) and business-social-networking service LinkedIn today showed off a brand new LinkedIn mobile application for BlackBerry smartphones at RIM's second-annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Linked In How-To's:

LinkedIn Tips: Three Ways to Polish Your Profile for the New Year

Are you a LinkedIn "buzzword" abuser? Do you still use only text and images in your profile to describe yourself and your employment history? If so, these three simple tips can refresh and revamp that boring profile and help set you apart from the rest of the pack.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: How to Navigate the New Polls

LinkedIn is revamping its poll feature to include a more user-friendly interface, increased sharing options and better analytics. Here's what you need to know.

Four New Ways to Customize Your LinkedIn Profile

Customization and variety are key to making your LinkedIn profile stand out and get you recognized by recruiters. Check out these four new profile sections that do just that.

How to Integrate LinkedIn With Outlook

A new LinkedIn beta feature allows you to sync the social networking site with Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook, giving you more transparency to your contacts and making it easier to grow your network.

How to Reorder Your Profile Sections

LinkedIn announced a new feature intended to give you more control over how you present your profile. Now, instead of adhering to LinkedIn's templated format, you can arrange the pieces of your profile (such as your summary, experience and recommendations) however you see fit. Here's how it works.

How to Monitor Who's Viewed My Profile

Located about halfway down your LinkedIn homepage on the right-hand side is a box—"Who's Viewed My Profile"—that gives you two statistics: how many times your profile has been viewed in the last seven days and how many times you have appeared in search results in the last seven days. Here's advice on how and why to keep an eye on who is checking out your LinkedIn profile.

How to Increase Your Presence With Network Updates

An underused—yet valuable—feature on LinkedIn is the "Network Updates" element. The Network Updates box, located on your homepage below your Inbox updates, is the area that you can use as your "professional billboard," using 140 characters or less. Want to stay top of mind with your LinkedIn connections? This tool, when used effectively, helps you do just that.

How to Get the Most From "Answers"

LinkedIn's Answers feature can help you showcase your expertise and connect you with people that hold similar interests, but use it with caution, experts say.

How to Use "Company Follow"

LinkedIn announces a new feature that lets you keep track of key developments at companies you like. Here's how to use it and how to manage your settings.

How to Find and Follow Your LinkedIn Connections on Twitter

A new LinkedIn feature bridges the gap between your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers. Here are step-by-step instructions for getting started.

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