How To Turn OFF Your LinkedIn “Broadcast Activities”

Ever notice a glut of newsfeed updates from one of your LinkedIn connections?

If you’re a LinkedIn member, maybe you’ll recognize this:

“Joe Smith has an updated profile: Headline”
“Joe Smith has an updated profile: Specialties”
“Joe Smith has an updated profile: Headline, Experience”
“Joe Smith has a new photo”

Truth is, Joe probably doesn’t realize that every update he creates is being broadcast as an independent piece of information to his connections’ newsfeeds, potentially creating a river of independent announcements. (It seems to be especially true if Joe creates multiple updates across several days.)

Joe should know about the not-so-secret privacy setting permitting him to “Turn on/off [his] activity broadcasts.”

When I suggest that clients turn OFF activity broadcasts before making substantial profile changes, I always get this response:

:BIGGASP: “I had no idea, thank you! I don’t need to alert everyone about every update!”

As of today, here’s how Joe — and the rest of us — can turn off activity broadcasts while making substantive profile changes:

  1. Sign in to your LinkedIn account
  2. Hover over your name at the upper top right of the screen
  3. Click “Settings”
  4. Find “Privacy Controls” toward the center bottom of the page
  5. Click “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” and follow directions

Voila! Now Joe — and all of us — can go about editing profile material without creating an update with every keystroke.

Joe shouldn’t forget to turn his activity broadcasts back ON, however. I suggest waiting until inputting the final profile touches, then turning on activity broadcasts to let your world know you have updates.

Until next time!

Jared Redick
Visit: The Resume
Follow: @TheResumeStudio
Call: 415-397-6640

One Response

  1. I agree. I haver been doing that all along. One question? After I makee all the profile changes, such as a career change or whatever, how long should I wait before I turn Activity Broadcasts back on? I hace made connections to 30 – 50 people in the last month along with profile changes. I do not want all of the last month updates to appear.

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