Posted by Dan L. on July 14th, 2015
Everybody hates LinkedIn right? Man, I sure do. LinkedIn sucks and it’s annoying and spammy and dumb and I don’t like it. Every time I start a new project or website I create a new email address for that venture. So every few days some rando will try and connect with me via the email address I created for the documentary or web series or short film I did x number of years ago. Rather than just figure out how to unsuscribe from these alerts I usually just delete the email. And that means 3 days later I’ll get a 2nd email saying “Hey Dan, Dingleberry Magoo’s invitation is waiting for a response!”
Blarg. But anyway those messages aren’t even the worst thing about LinkedIn. The worst thing about LinkedIn are the Visitor Alerts. If you look at someone else’s profile, they get a little alert. So if I look at my ex-boss’ page or my ex-girlfriend’s page or the page of someone I want to work with they’re going to know about it.
Fortunately there’s a way to browse LinkedIn anonymously but the company doesn’t really like to promote this option. So if you meet some girl at a party and want to look at her LinkedIn page when you get home at 2AM, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Click on your photo icon in the right hand corner of the screen and select the Privacy and Settings option.
Step 2: Click on the 4th link, Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.
Step 3: Select the third option.
Now before you run off and start LinkedIn-stalking everyone you knew from High School, there are two important things you should know:
1. THIS FEATURE WILL EVENTUALLY RESET ITSELF! If you clear your cookies or even if you just let a few weeks go by, LinkedIn will forget your preference and your anonymous browsing will be turned off. So you should check your privacy settings before you start browsing.
2. Selecting this option will turn off the Visitor Alerts that you receive. If you’re using LinkedIn anonymously then you don’t get to know who visited your page.
Happy browsing you weirdos! And hey, if we’ve talked a few times or if we’ve met in real life, feel free to look me up on LinkedIn and send me an invite to connect. I hear from so many strangers that it’s actually a nice little treat when I get to connect with someone I actually know.