by Kirsten Hodgson
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One of the things I regularly hear from professionals when talking to them about social media is that they're fed up with all the LinkedIn emails they receive.
Often they've set up a rule so that these go into another folder and they don't have to read them.
There is an easier way.
You can set your preferences within LinkedIn, ensuring you either receive no emails or you only receive those emails you want to and on a frequency that works for you.
Here's how to do it.
- When you're logged into the LinkedIn platform hover over your name (which appears near the top right hand corner of your screen).
- Select 'Settings' from the drop-down box (n.b. LinkedIn may ask you to input your password before it will take you to the settings screen).
- Select the 'Email Preferences' tab – which appears below your account information on the left hand side of your screen. It's the second of four tabs.
- Click on each of the four options in turn and amend them accordingly:
- 'Select the types of messages you're willing to receive' – uncheck any boxes next to the types of information you DO NOT want to recieve.
- 'Set the frequency of emails' – go through each of the options and select 'individual email', 'weekly digest email' or 'no email' according to your preferences.
- 'Select who can send you invitations' – select which of the three options you prefer.
- 'Set the frequency of group digest emails' – go through each of your groups and select 'individual email', 'weekly digest email' or 'no email'. It's great that you can change this for different groups.
When deciding which emails you do and don't want to receive, think about why you're on LinkedIn. If it's for business development then you'll want people to be able to connect with you or to send you a personal email via the LinkedIn system. You'll also want to know about relevant discussions in your key groups. You may prefer to check those groups on a regular basis. It's up to you.
Hopefully this helps some of you overcome LinkedIn email overload.
What other tips would you share?
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