LinkedIn have announced changes to their CRM and permissions relating to adding prospects as contacts
LinkedIn seem to be on a mission right now to get under the skin of their users by taking away key functionality that users liked. These changes come about after zero consultation with users. Maybe it’s a way of getting enough people to get so angry that they upgrade to Premium services or simply leave…
1. You can no longer add a 2nd or 3rd level prospect to Contacts
2. The How we Met Tab on the Relationship screen has been removed
3. You can no longer add extra information to a 1st Degree contacts Relationship Tab such as a new phone number
4.If you have any 2nd or 3rd Tier connections saved as Contacts then these will still have been saved under the Tag Saved_Contacts
5. Still looking into finding Saved Contacts that I had Tagged for projects and will report back.
Does all this matter?
I would say yes and it matters because all these tools were very useful for new business projects and for general networking.
Most of us spend idle time on LinkedIn, before we get down to focused work on the platform we might browse away for a bit and stumble upon a person who might be good for Project XY or Z.
Easy thing to do was simply save them to Contacts (we have not sent a connection request at this stage and the person did not know that we had saved them) give them a Tag and maybe add a comment in their Notes.
This is what the old Relationship Tab looked like
We all Network and for some it gets better results than for others.
The people that got the best results were the ones who found out who would be at the event and then looked them up before going. Researching attendees and then making them contacts was a sure fire way to ensure that your Networking was effective. Adding snippets of information to their CRM after you met was priceless and at this stage you still hadn’t connected with them.
This has now been removed so you will have to connect with them first which of course you may not want to do.
How We Met as a tab may not have been the best of features but removing it without notification seems to be the way that LinkedIn like to do things. At least you can still add this in the Note section.
Adding extra contact details – I suspect that this was used more by recruiters but I personally found it good when adding an extra phone number or web site to a contacts information.
I have trawled Forums and searched for a work around and it might exist in the shape of a Chrome Extension called LinkedIn Storage
This seems to let you save profiles and then search them. It is FREE but you have to be using Chrome to access it.
It looks like LinkedIn will continue to make changes without consultation and my advice is to make sure that you download you connections and ask for an Archive of your data so that all the hard work you have done is not undone by decisions that are implemented without warning.
Your contacts on LinkedIn are the result of hard work so make sure you have access to them away from the LinkedIn platform.
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