If I weren’t a subscriber to LinkedIn’s Official Blog I wouldn’t have realized that I – and you – have been opted into a new LinkedIn feature called Active Status that would let our contacts know whether we’re logged on and available for messaging.
Do you want that? I can think of reasons why you might not.
Personally, my reason for opting out is that Active Status might create an expectation that I will respond instantly to inquiries, and that’s not something I want to deliver, since I’m usually focused on a client meeting or a project. It often takes me a little longer to reply, like a few hours.
So I opted out by going to my Account > Settings and Privacy > Privacy tab > Manage Active Status.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to start a conversation with someone on LinkedIn and trying to find the right time to ping them, this feature could be helpful.
These images from LinkedIn’s post show what you’ll see if a connection is currently logged on and may be available to respond to your message.
If you see a green status dot with a white circle in the middle, this means that your connection is available only on mobile and will be notified of your message.