Use LinkedIn Mobile to View Your Connections’ Activity Feeds

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by Donna Svei on February 5, 2014

Breaking 5/31/14: LinkedIn restores ability to view activity feeds from main site. More here.

Earlier today I shared Nick Lagos’ great post on LinkedIn’s social decline, LinkedIn: Maintaining Relevance or Downward Slide?, on Viveka von Rosen’s LinkedIn Experts Community on Google+.

In particular, I commented on the death of the profile activity feed:

This matters because the feed makes it easy to track what your connections post on LinkedIn. You might track someone because you:

  1. Love their posts.
  2. Want to see what interests them.
  3. Want to develop a relationship by liking, sharing, or commenting on their posts.
  4. Etc.

LinkedIn threw the desktop activity feed under the bus last December. However, it’s still there on mobile. Eugenie Sills clued me into this with a comment on my Google+ post. Maybe that’s why it’s called the LinkedIn Experts Community. :)

I loaded LI’s mobile app onto my new-ish phone (clears throat) and checked it out. I searched for Susan Joyce, because she always has good career stuff. Yep, there she was, along with her activity feed! Then I searched for Phyllis Mufson, because she always has good career stuff too. Yes again. Then I invited Eugenie Sills to connect with me. Duh.

If you really want to see your connections’ activity feeds:

  1. Load LinkedIn’s mobile app on your phone.
  2. Search for a connection.
  3. Load their profile.
  4. Look right below their main profile box for “Recent Activity” and click on it.
  5. Voila, there’s their feed! (If your connection makes it available in their settings.)

We won’t even go into the irony of learning about LinkedIn from LinkedIn experts in a Google+ community. We just won’t. But I will tell you that Viveka is a terrific LinkedIn resource. You can find her LinkedIn Experts Community here.

BTW, don’t skip the comments. There’s a second awesome hack for accessing activity feeds via many desktops and laptops!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe Hertvik February 5, 2014 at 15:21

Hi Donna,

Besides the LinkedIn App, I’ve also found that you can get to an individual user’s activity feed from the LinkedIn touch screen URL. The URLs for the touchscreen are:

https://touch.www.linkedin.com or https://touch.www.linkedin.com/#stream

Once you’re on the touchscreen, touch the photo of the person you want to view the feed for. On their touchscreen user profile, there will be a Recent Activity link. Touch that and you’ll be able to get to their activity feed.

This works well on any mobile device, tablet, or OS that has touch screen capability. But if you access the LI touchscreen URLs from a Windows 7 PC, it won’t work because it’s not touch enabled.

HTH

AWESOME Joe!!! It works on my MacBook Air! Thank you, Donna

Susan Joyce February 5, 2014 at 18:10

Thank you for the great tips (as usual!) and the kind mention, Donna!

We need some kind of scorecard to keep up with LinkedIn lately… And this is a big help!

:) Donna

LarryEngel February 6, 2014 at 07:58

Donna, it’s crazy that LinkedIn removed this important “social” part of their platform. It’s frustrating that we have to perform all these work-arounds to see someone’s status updates. It’s even more frustrating that user’s are forced to go to Google+ to figure out how to do them.

If LinkedIn users would continue to complain about the removal of this feature, the better our chances are to get it reinstated. I was part of LinkedIn’s Beta rollout on this change and started complaining in mid November (http://community.linkedin.com/questions/119052/status-updates-on-my-profile-page-are-missing.html). I even blogged about it at the end of last year as they rolled it out for all U.S. users (http://nastalenttalk.com/2013/12/31/linkedin-has-a-very-special-gift-for-you-this-year-no-more-status-updates/). I invite users to read and post on these articles.

I truly see it as a big step backward for this “social” giant.

I agree Larry. I’m hoping that as they roll Publisher out to their members that it will get more social again. Donna

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