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March 24, 2012

How to view LinkedIn profiles in stealth mode

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J.D. Biersdorfer's March 20 New York Times "Gadgetwise" post explained how to mask your presence while you explore the profiles of fellow members.

Above, my full LinkedIn profile, which bookofjoe readers can view while in stealth mode even without being a LinkedIn member.

How great is that?

But I digress.

Below, Ms. Biersdorfer tells you how to do the equivalent of silent running on LinkedIn.

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Q. Can people on LinkedIn see if I looked at their profile pages?

A. Depending on what has been selected in the LinkedIn account settings, a fellow user could see the full name and title of profile-page visitors. You can also choose a more anonymous notice that just gives a basic characteristic like your place of employment. Or, you can even switch to a setting that does not alert a LinkedIn user that you have visited the profile page. LinkedIn describes these options here.

If you take the option to view LinkedIn profiles in full stealth mode, other people will not know that you have visited their pages. However, you will not be able to see who has looked at your profile when you click in the link in the Who's Viewed My Profile box on your own LinkedIn page.

If you are unsure of your settings, log into your LinkedIn account. In the upper-right corner, click on your name and select Settings from the menu. On your Settings page, scroll down and click on the Profile tab, then on "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile" to make any necessary adjustments. LinkedIn has a detailed guide to its settings for users here.

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