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Want your LinkedIn contacts to know whenever you’re online? If not, opt out!

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.

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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.

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And here’s their quick video about how the messaging works.

As they say, “starting a conversation can go a long way in helping you get ahead in your career.”

If you’d like to reach me on LinkedIn or elsewhere, please ping me and I’ll respond – promptly, but perhaps not instantly.

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