Sending and Receiving Messages on LinkedIn

by Wendy Chamberlain on October 17, 2013

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LinkedIn continues to be the preferred social network of professionals. As of August 2013, it has recorded some 238 million users and 3 million of them are in Australia. Its reach spans 200 countries and territories.

In terms of business pages, LinkedIn now has 3 million business pages. Additionally, more than 2 million companies have also created their pages on the site.

One great benefit of being on LinkedIn is being able to send and receive messages and invites from your connections regardless of geographical locations. As long as you have created an account and have connected with people, you’re ready to start sending messages including emails.


Messaging can be done via your inbox (click the envelope icon on the top right of the page) and on a person’s profile page.

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On the Inbox page, you can click Compose Message on the top left column.

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You can send to one person or to multiple people and send a copy of your message to yourself. Just click the LinkedIn icon on the right of the topmost box to show your address book and choose your specific recipients.

When you visit a person’s profile, you can also send a message from there. Just below the name and short description, you will see a blue Send message button.

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You can click on the blue button and a small box will show where you can fill in the subject and message boxes. Click send message when done.


When you receive invitations and messages, you will normally be notified about it. On the top right of your newsfeed page, you will see a number in red in the envelope icon.

LinkedIn notifications

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Click the number and a dropdown list will show displaying the people who sent you the messages and invitations.

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