LinkedIn allows you to communicate with your connections. In this video, learn how to locate and use your LinkedIn inbox and the real-time messaging feature.
- [Instructor] Another benefit of LinkedIn is that it can be used as a powerful messaging platform almost in the same way that you would use email or instant messaging. Now you can access your messages by navigating up to the messaging icon at the top. You'll notice here for Julie's, she has a red circle with a one in it meaning that she has one unread message. I'll click here and inside here you can see that she has received a message. It's a message from Nick who she sent a connection request earlier and he accepted that and sent a message back saying, "Thanks for connecting. It was great to meet you as well. I'm excited to check out the new website." Now from here, you can have this back and forth conversation. And the thing I like about it is that, it keeps track of this conversation. So you can go back and see things that were said. Now I could reply here. I could type in. Well close these quick. "I'm excited to see what you think." Now I can send this message by going down and clicking Send but I also have the option to add some things. I can add in an image. I can add a file, a GIF and others. So here I want to actually add a file. One that I have on my desktop. And it is this new design proposal that I want to share with Nick. So once I have that in there, I'll click Send and it sends that back over to Nick. He'll receive a notification saying that he's received a message. Now over here in the left-hand side you'll see that Nick's message appears right here and we'll be able to access it anytime by clicking on it. Now, as you start to have more conversations they'll appear right in here and you'll see a bunch of them. You'll be able to go up top and filter them by clicking here on the filter icon, to see All Messages, Archived, My Connections and so on. So there will be a bunch of them that appear here, as you click them, they'll show up in the panel on the right. Now at the top you can see this pencil and paper icon. That's how you can create a new message. So if I click on that, I can begin typing in the name of one of my connections. So I'll say here that I'm going to type in Nick because he is the only connection that I have right now. And with this, I could send that message to Nick. Now, this is awkward because he's the only person I have there. A newer feature in LinkedIn is the new chat like messaging feature. You'll notice down here at the bottom of my screen, it also says messaging. And if I click this to open it, it'll have any of my messages here as well. If I click say on this message with Nick, I can click on it and start replying from right inside of here and add files, pictures, stuff as well. So it's a great way to quickly respond to someone. This one's almost like a chat service or a texting thing where you can send and get some feedback right away. So another way that you can communicate with people is through this little bar that then minimizes over on the right hand side. It's important to note that you'll only be able to send messages to your direct connections. This is a good thing because it prevents you from being bombarded with spam messages from anyone and everyone on LinkedIn. Before you communicate with someone, you'll have to be with them. There are a couple of exceptions to this though. One is if a premium member turns on a feature called Open Profile. If they do, you'll be able to send a message to that member. Also, if you have a premium account on LinkedIn you'll have the ability to send messages using InMail. You receive a specific number of InMail credits based on your subscription and then you can use those to send messages to people that you're not connected with. Finally, when sending messages on LinkedIn there are a few things that I suggest. If you're messaging someone you don't know, include details of how you might know each other and why you're interested in connecting with them, so that it doesn't feel so much like a random connection. Remember, LinkedIn is a professional network so you should keep messages short and to the point. Be thoughtful of other people's time. And then finally, I really encourage you to approach each connection with a mentality of adding value, not just extracting gain for yourself. LinkedIn is about win-win relationships and most people aren't going to remain as connections, if you're constantly spamming them or abusing the platform.