“My LinkedIn news feed is full of crap, is there a solution?”
I will confess I giggled at the directness when an old colleague asked me about his LinkedIn news feed! I feel the same. Thankfully there is plenty you can do to improve it.
1. Take control of your updates
Does your LinkedIn news feed look frozen?
The most important thing to know is that every single day you need to reset your updates to Recent from Top – and you need to tell as many people as you can about this change because it does impact on your status update’s reach. More here.
Every day – hover on All Updates and change it to Recent. Every day.
2. Customise your LinkedIn news feed
Under All Updates on your Home page, to the right of Pulse, you’ll find the option to Customise what appears in your feed.
Sadly it’s far from perfect. LinkedIn offered me this job even though I have unchecked Job Opportunities… I mean seriously! Though just having had yet another birthday maybe I should be grateful they think I am a junior!! 😉
3. Hide people and updates
It’s so easy to hide people… so if they’re annoying you, hover to the right and hit hide. It doesn’t impact on them negatively, it simply stops their updates appearing in your news feed. Even sponsored updates!
4. Remove the worst offenders
There is nothing wrong with removing an annoying connection – and they won’t be notified! There are two ways to remove a connection.
1. on their profile, under Send a Message…
but of course they will know you’ve looked at their profile.
2. Under Connections
On your main menu click Connections (previously Network) and search for the person in question. When you scroll over them a drop down menu will appear, click more and remove connection. Doing it this way maintains complete anonymity.
5. Play with Pulse
I used to love LinkedIn Today and I used to find it a hub of great news, from around 500 global sources, for sharing and commenting on. Not anymore. Pulse is mostly full of influencer posts and just 40 outside publishers are included.
I’ve just un-followed all channels and influencers and it’s like a breath of fresh air. Now Pulse offers up outside links instead of just LinkedIn content. LinkedIn promotes their posts over others in your feed because they want to encourage you to blog on their platform as they try and increase engagement. And I can always go into Pulse by my own choice if I think I am missing anything.
Got any tips to add that will clean up your LinkedIn news feed?