October 5, 2011
Question: I deleted my LinkedIn account. Will my name disappear in the Who’s Viewed Your Profile screen of LinkedIn?
Question: I have dropped to ‘Anonymous’ after I viewed some profiles- now I have deleted the account- will they still be able to tell? Help!!
Question: I viewed a bunch of LinkedIn profiles only to find they can see that I was stalking them! I deleted my LinkedIn account. Will my name still show up in their Who’s Viewed My Profile list?
Answer: I’ve received this question a number of times. Clearly it’s a universal issue. I wasn’t sure of the answer so I created a new LinkedIn account to see how it works.
With the new account created, I made sure I was logged in as this new LinkedIn user and I viewed my regular LinkedIn profile. I then logged off and logged back in as my normal self and viewed my “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” Profile Stats page:
As you can clearly see, the fake LinkedIn account is listed on the Who’s Viewed Your Profile of the LinkedIn Profile Stats page.
I logged out of my normal account and logged back in as the fake account and deleted it.
Once the account was deleted, I logged back in to my normal account. Here’s how the Who’s Viewed My Profile list looked after the fake account was deleted:
So as you can see, the view is still registered but instead of showing the account’s contact information, it now shows as Anonymous.
It’s important to remember that unlike Facebook, people can see that you viewed their profile UNLESS you change your LinkedIn settings to show you as anonymous. Click here to be whisked away to the LinkedIn Settings page where you can update this information.
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