LinkedIn is a fantastic resource. But, like any useful online tool, it does have its downside — namely, spammers and scammers. It’s an unfortunate reality of the online world that we have to constantly protect ourselves from such “bad apples” but most of us have grown to accept this inconvenience.
What sort of behaviors might cause you to block someone on LinkedIn?
- Inappropriate communications.
- Spammy marketing messages.
- Having a fake LinkedIn profile.
- Requests for endorsements without you having worked with them.
- Reaching out to your contacts, under the false pretence that they’re your friend.
- Shady investment “opportunities”.
If someone you’re connected with is exhibiting some of these behaviors, you’re probably best of the block them.
How to block someone from seeing your LinkedIn profile
Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to the member’s profile.
- Click the “More” button beneath the profile picture and select “Report/Block”.
- Select “Block [name]” from the “What do you want to do?” pop-up.
- Click “Block”.
The member will not normally be notified that you’ve blocked them.
What you won’t be able to see once you block someone
After you’ve completed the above steps and blocked someone, you won’t be able to do the following:
- See each other’s profiles.
- See each other’s shared content.
- Message each other.
- See one another in “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”.
- Receive notifications of their upcoming LinkedIn Events.
- Send them your newsletter.
- Display their endorsements and recommendations.
- Join an audio event of which you’ve blocked the host or one of the designated speakers.