How to Boost Your Engagement on LinkedIn

by Wendy Chamberlain on November 25, 2017

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LinkedIn has kept abreast with the other major social networking platforms in terms of messaging. This year, it launched its new feature “active status” which shows when a user is online and available to chat on their desktop or mobile. The active status is indicated through a green circle similar to Facebook and its messenger.

By default, this feature is turned on. However, users who don’t want to be seen as online or available can turn it off using the settings. A solid green circle shown next to a user’s profile photo on the messaging box means the user is currently online. Any private messages sent to the user can immediately be seen.

On the other hand, a green status dot with a white circle in the center means that the LinkedIn user is available only through mobile. However, they will still receive a push notification is messages are sent to their LinkedIn account.


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If no green dot is shown in the profile photo of a user, it means that he or she is offline or has disabled the Active Status feature. Messages, however, will still be sent to them and they will see it when they access the LinkedIn messaging service.

The goal of LinkedIn in launching this active status messaging feature is to increase engagement among users and help job hunters get work. It would make it easy for users to share content and schedule meetings or interviews. It could also help lessen the time of recruiters in qualifying and disqualifying candidates.

To turn the active status feature off or on, go to the Settings & Privacy page and then select the Privacy tab. Under the Profile Privacy section, choose “Change” beside the “Manage Active Status” option. Move the toggle to No under the heading that says “Display your active status.”

According to LinkedIn senior product manager Sammy Shreibati, this new feature that lets users see when their connections are active on the platform will help people in reaching out to others and starting live conversations related to pursuing their careers.

Apart from the messaging feature, LinkedIn also has a new interface with a layout similar to Facebook. The navigation bar now has seven categories while the profile photo is shown in a circle and appears above a user’s headline.

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By Wendy Chamberlain
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