5 LinkedIn Features You May Not (But Should) Know About

How well do you know LinkedIn? Maybe not as well as you think. Here's a look at five features and tools -- from listening to headlines to hiding your identity -- that can save you time, expand your network and give you perspective on your connections.

Tue, May 01, 2012

CIO — If you're job hunting or looking to expand your professional network, many people turn to LinkedIn and its portfolio of features and tools to browse job listings, connect with colleagues, ask questions, join groups and more.

But beyond those usual destinations are a number of other lesser-known features and tools that help you efficiently catch up on the day's headlines, protect your identity and more.

Here's a look at five of those features.

1. Browse Securely

If you're logging on to LinkedIn from open WiFi hotspots, your security could be at risk. Luckily, LinkedIn now supports hyptertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) browsing.

HTTPS browsing is an opt-in feature that provides encrypted communications and secure identification of a network's Web server. To turn it on, select "Settings" from the drop-down menu that appears when you hover over the link to your name in the top-right corner. In the "Profile" tab at the bottom, select "Manage Security Settings." Note that if HTTPS has not yet been enabled on your profile, you will not see this option, so keep checking back.

Next, check the box and save your settings/

2. Easily Find Contacts You Already Know

In March, LinkedIn updated a key feature to help you connect with people you already know. The "People You May Know" tool, which had been located in the top-right of the screen when you log in, displayed three potential contacts. The new "People You May Know," currently in beta, uses LinkedIn's algorithm that takes into account factors such as your existing network, past workplaces and where you've gone to school to produce a categorized portfolio of potential contacts.

A few noteworthy features in this update: the capability to toggle between the networks by clicking the icons at the top to sort your potential contacts; selecting the "Connect All" button to connect with all the individuals in that particular list at once; and infinite scrolling so you don't have to click through pages.

[Want more LinkedIn tips, tricks and analysis? Check out CIO.com's LinkedIn Bible.]

3. Listen to Headlines on Your Smartphone

If you're in a rush and don't want to spend time flipping through the day's headlines, LinkedIn has a quick fix to get you snippets of news on the go.

SpeechIn is a text-to-speech feature that reads the top headlines from LinkedIn Today, its news aggregation site. To access it, visit speechin.linkedinlabs.com from your mobile browser, then enter in your LinkedIn username and password.

Once you're logged in, just tap the flame button to begin the text-to-speech reading. Tap the forward or backward buttons to advance to the next headline or repeat the last one. Otherwise, the app will continue reading the headlines. Tap the flame icon once again to pause the reading.

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