Anonymity! Remember that? It's quite hard to achieve any level of anonymity or privacy in this Googley world, but we can try. LinkedIn does allow for quite a bit of privacy if you know where to find it!
Remain Anonymous On LinkedIn in 5 Easy Steps
1. Don't use your full name and turn off your public profile.
Go to Edit your profile and click the edit link next to your name. Underneath the Former/Maiden name field is where you can toggle how you want your name displayed. Notice you can either have it displayed in full or with just your first name and last initial.
From your Edit Profile screen, click the edit button after your Public Profile link and turn off your Public Profile. Now, no one can see your profile!
2. Turn off your Member Feed
In the upper right hand part of your screen is where you access your LinkedIn Settings. Look for Member Feed Visibility. Once there, make sure your "My member feed is visible to…" is listed as Nobody (don't display my member feed). This means your personal feed will not broadcast your Network Updates from actions you performed on LinkedIn to your connections.
3. Remove all your extra email addresses
Back in settings, find Email addresses and delete your extra email addresses. The more email addresses you have, the more likely people will find you when they upload their contact lists to LinkedIn.
4. Don't let people know you were browsing their profiles
Get yourself back in settings and look for: Profile Views. This is where you can choose how you want your information to appear after viewing other people's LinkedIn profiles. Now it's worth mentioning that by making yourself invisible, you are unable to see those who viewed YOUR profile.
5. Stop alerting people of your Profile and Status Updates
Back in settings, look for Profile and Status Updates. This is where you can turn off the publishing of your profile updates, recommendations and companies you follow as well as notifying your connections of your status updates.
And lastly, if you don't want people browsing YOUR connections list, turn it off by going to settings and clicking on Connections Browse.
LinkedIn works best when you open yourself up to it. I can understand wanting to retain some privacy but you are also possibly missing opportunities. Determine what is best for you and go down that path! I wish you luck!
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