My password was one of the ones exposed. Fortunately even before I knew this, as soon as I heard there had been a breech, I changed my password. Like many things with LinkedIn it wasn’t as simple as logging in and seeing a link that says, “change password” or “manage login”. No they don’t like to do things that way so I safaried for it and report now back to you.
Changing You Password on LinkedIn
Log in using your existing password
In the upper right corner click on your user name
From the drop down menu select “Settings”
Near the lower left corner of your screen click on “Account”
Near the center of your screen, under “Email & Password” click “Change Password”
In the pop-up type your existing password once followed by your new password twice
You see that invitation from a “competitor” hanging there in your inbox. You’re pretty sure they are there only to grab your network connections and recruit you but, in an effort to do the same to them first, you click on the button allowing them to join your network and see your connections. Literally within 24 hours you begin receiving the recruiting messages through LinkedIn from them.
Since you are already familiar with the person you can simply ignore them. But what if they are a sales person for a company like, say, Northwest Financial and they pay you a visit then suddenly all of your friends on LinkedIn say, “Who is this guy from Northwest that says you referred him to me?”
It happened. Twice. The first guy finishes his pitch with me then whips out a print-out of my LinkedIn contacts and starts asking if I know these people. Aggressive guerrilla marketing. I like it when I am teaching it or doing it. Sometimes it feels a little invasive when it happens to me. So I offered the kid a job. Then I removed him from my network so he could no longer see my connections.
Removing contacts from your network really is simple. You just need to know where to look. Follow these 4 images and you’ll be trimming and culling in seconds flat.
Click on the “Connections” tab
Click on the “Remove Connections” link
Select the name(s) you wish to remove
Do the deed
Now don’t you feel more empowered? Not using LinkedIn? Join #LinkedInChat every Tuesday at 8PM on Twitter. You should also follow @LinkedInExpert Viveka von Rosen.
By the way, baby steps are only easy for people who have already learned to walk. Most babies fail dozens or hundreds of times before they can even walk across the room. Be patient, keep trying.
I asked on The Hip Roof Radio last night what I can do better for attendees of the seminars and events where I speak. Sheri Moritz said, “We leave these seminars with our heads spinning because we’re so full of SEO and ROI and metrics. Nobody ever takes the time to say ‘this is how you create a Twitter account, here is why and here is what you do with a Twitter account once you have one.'”
Speaking on Applied Social Systems at Xplode
Loudly And Clearly.
If you do not have a website with landing page capabilities on a server account you control – get one.
If you do not have a Facebook account you will never get a referral or client from Facebook.
If you do not have a Twitter account you will never get a referral or client from Twitter.
If you do not have a LinkedIn account you will never get a referral or client from LinkedIn.
Beware of bloggers, gurus and commenters with great sounding theories and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS shop for price before paying ANYONE for services such as setting up your WordPress blog. Think long and hard before you let someone handle your social media content for you because it’s not their license at risk – it’s yours and maybe your broker’s, too.
Here is how anyone can succeed in social media and I mean any one. Success is relative but this will get you there. DO NOT GIVE UP TRADITIONAL MARKETING IF IT IS WORKING! If you sell 3 houses at $3500 commission each a year from a $500 yellow sheet ad don’t stop. If post cards yield 2 sales commissions of $5000 per year at a cost of $1000 you’d be a bonehead to stop.