Note: You may not have noticed, but LinkedIn is changing the way you do things.

The “good stuff,” as I like to call it, is getting harder to find, but I will show you where to look in the next few blog posts.

downarrow_LinkedInRight next to the “send a message” bar on any connection’s personal profile page, you will see an adjacent button with a downward pointing arrow.

Click that and a dropdown box with some powerful functionality appears.

All this week, I will review them one by  go one by one to make you more comfortable using these shortcuts:

View current activity:

Not your activity, but your connection’s recent activity on LinkedIn. This is not stalking on your part. Since the two of you exchanged the tacit agreement to connect, you can observe whatever the other person has done on LinkedIn.

When would you use this?

  • When you recall a connection has posted something and want to get back to it a few days/weeks later, when you want to add a “like” or a “congratulations” but it no longer appears in your home page (it changes quickly).
  • when you want to comment on a conversation anywhere along the way by jumping in using your connection as the intervention point.
  • I am sure there are others…

More about these functions tomorrow.