LinkedIn Features You Never Knew About

By Kristin Burnham May 30th 2012
There's a lot more to LinkedIn than just connecting with the people you know. Here's a look at some such features, from a business card digitizer to a resume builder, that enhance your LinkedIn experience.
  • Check out LinkedIn's version of Tetris, DropIn. To play, log in to your LinkedIn account and visit LinkedIn Labs. Much like the original Tetris, DropIn uses your keyboard to rotate and place the blocks. Hover over a picture to review the contact's name, job info and latest status update.

  • LinkedIn's Cardmunch iPhone app takes your business cards, digitizes them and adds them to your LinkedIn contacts in a few quick steps. Once you've downloaded the app, simply take a picture of the business card, and the information is converted to a contact automatically.

  • If your LinkedIn homepage is too cluttered with activity from your connections, visit your Settings page and in the Account tab, select "Customize the updates you see on your home page." By default, option is automatically checked; uncheck the items you want to hide.

  • LinkedIn's "SpeechIn" is a quick fix to get you snippets of news while you're on the go. Visit speechin.linkedinlabs.com to get started, then tap the flame button to begin the text-to-speech reading. Tap the forward or backward buttons to get to the next headline or repeat the last one.

  • LinkedIn's HTTPS feature: an opt-in setting that provides encrypted communications and secure identification of a network's Web server. To turn it on, select "Settings" from the drop-down menu that appears when you hover over the link to your name in the top-right corner.

  • LinkedIn Today is a social news service that aggregates the top headlines and stories related to your industry and based on what your connections share. Here, you can tailor the stories you see to your specific interests, save stories to read later and share ones you like.

  • If you need a hard copy of your resume, give LinkedIn's Resume Builder a try. Once connected to your account, the app takes the information from your LinkedIn profile and generates a resume. It also lets you save your resumes, share them and keep them private, if you prefer.

  • The new "People You May Know" feature, currently in beta, uses LinkedIn's algorithm that takes into account factors such as your existing network, past workplaces and where you've gone to school to produce a categorized portfolio of potential contacts.

  • Check out a LinkedIn Group's "Statistics" page to make your decision. Find this by navigating to the "More..." tab in the Group's menu, then selecting "Group Statistics." Here, you'll find information such as the members' seniority, function, location and industry.

  • LinkedIn had acquired SlideShare, a professional content-sharing community. To add your SlideShare presentations to your profile page, select "More" from the top navigation bar and click "Get More Applications." Scroll to the "SlideShare Presentations" app, and add it to your profile.

  • If you don't want others to see information about you when you look at their profile, go to your settings page and click "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile." Then select either anonymous profile characteristics or anonymity. Then click "save changes."

  • InMaps is an interactive, visual representation of your professional network. Visit its homepage and log in with LinkedIn. The map it generates is color-coded to represent different affiliations or groups from your career, such as previous employers and college classmates.

There's a lot more to LinkedIn than just connecting with the people you know. Here's a look at some such features, from a business card digitizer to a resume builder, that enhance your LinkedIn experience.

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