See all those smiling faces up there? That’s the whole idea with the way in which LinkedIn displays your connections in the new profile: because we’re programmed to focus on faces, LinkedIn is making them a much more important part of our profiles instead of showing our connections as just a number. That makes us a little more likely to interact with our connections–and, therefore, spend more time on LinkedIn.
Now, what if you don’t want others to see your connections? There’s a simple fix for that. Good to Profile/Edit Profile, and scroll to the bottom. You’ll see this:
Click on “Customize visibility,” and (after likely being asked to provide your LinkedIn sign-in credentials) you’ll see a pop-up window that looks like this:
You have two options: either make your connections visible to all of your other connections, or just yourself. Click save changes, and you’re all set.
There’s one other change to the new profile relative to your connections: the “People You May Know” module that appears on the LinkedIn home page now also appears on our profile pages. Also, see that number 81 in the example at right? That’s the number of connections you have in common with the person whose name is displayed.
Tomorrow, the last day of this series, I’ll discuss what’s new with insights–including a couple big changes in what we can learn about our LinkedIn network and our activity.