December 17, 2016

LinkedIn Tip of the Week: Reveal a LinkedIn member's network size

When connecting with someone on LinkedIn, you may find it useful to know the approximate size of that person's network. Normally, you'll just see the 500+ connections badge on their profile - but what's the real number? It could be 501. Or 10.000.

To find the right number, you have to dig a little deeper.

Go ahead and try this on a random LinkedIn profile:

  1. Click the down arrow next to the "Send InMail" or "Send Message" button (depending on whether the person is already a contact of yours).
  2. Click "View recent activity".
  3. The number of followers should now be visible in the top, right-hand corner of the page (next to the "Follow" button).


The number of followers isn't the same as the number of connections but for most normal profiles these numbers are not too far from each other. Important or well-known influencers or thought leaders may have thousands of followers and far fewer connections.

Also, you may find that on certain profiles the number of followers is zero. This is because they have disabled the Follow feature in the privacy settings.





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Thomas Sondergaard
Thomas Sondergaard