Quick Tip Tuesday: How to block a LinkedIn user

Late last month, LinkedIn announced a much-awaited feature: the ability to block other users. While blocking has long been standard on most social media sites, LinkedIn was one the few remaining holdout…until now.

So, how do you block a LinkedIn user? Start by going to his or her profile. If he or she is not a current connection, click on the down arrow to the right of the “Send [User] InMail” button (see below) and select “Block or report”:

Block or report 2

If the user is a current connection, choose the down arrow to the right of the “Send a message” button, and choose “Block or report.” You’ll be prompted with a dialog box that looks like this (I’ve omitted the user’s details, of course):

Block 2

Check the box to the left of “Block,” click on “Continue,” and follow the prompts from there.

It’s also important to consider why you might block someone. There are a few obvious examples, but I’m interested in your thoughts. What would prompt you to block someone instead of just hiding them, disconnecting from them, or never connecting with them in the first place? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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