The more I get to know LinkedIn, the more I like it. As Chuck Hester of Linked Conversations points out, their policies seem to focus on the user, NOT the network, which is contrary to some other networks. LinkedIn recently added a feature which I think everyone should take advantage of – it’s free and easy. LinkedIn will email you your entire archive of data in a handy zip file. Why is this so important?
Contacts. Imagine LinkedIn crashed and everything was lost. You’d still have all your contacts and info associated with LinkedIn at your fingertips. For me that’s over 565 connections! That’s a lot of people to lose in the blink of an eye. You’ll receive all of your data in a series of spreadsheets, including email addresses.
Activity. I do a lot of sharing on LinkedIn: blog posts, infographics, slideshare stuff, etc. It’s a great way to keep your sharing history in one place. All the comments you’ve made, the links to the articles you’ve shared, ads clicked on, images, group posts….all of it.
Here’s how you request your data archive:
On the top right hand corner of your screen, you’ll see your small photo. Hover, then Click on Privacy & Settings.
Click on Account and then to the right you’ll see a link: Request an Archive of Your Data.
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