As one of the most effective online platforms for professionals, LinkedIn is visited every day by people who want to expand their network and strengthen their connections. This includes professionals, marketers, entrepreneurs, and people from all kinds of industries.
However, most users don’t make the most out of the platform because they don’t understand certain aspects of LinkedIn. For example: LinkedIn messages. People are not sure if their messages are private. Messaging is one of the core functions of LinkedIn. In a word, yes, LinkedIn messages are private. But you still may want to know more about how it all works, so let us dive right in.
Typically, you can only send LinkedIn messages to your connections. This refers to people who sent you an invite or received an invite from you. You are connected with the people who accepted your invite, as well as those whose invites you accepted.
There are three other ways to use the platform’s messaging function: InMails, Open Profile Messages, and Sponsored Messaging. Here we will discuss all the methods of messaging other users and whether or not those messages are private.
The Privacy of LinkedIn Messages
LinkedIn messages are totally discreet and private. This means only the person who sends and the person who receives can view the messages sent via LinkedIn. There are four types of messages on LinkedIn, and you might want to learn the differences between each one. The good news is that all four types are private.
Direct messages are the ones we just talked about. These are conversations between LinkedIn account owners who are in the same network. Premium and free users have the ability to access this type of messaging.
Open Profile Messages are DMs that allow LinkedIn users to message Premium members that have activated the Open profile designation, whether or not they actually know sender. All LinkedIn users can send a message to other users who have this feature enabled. Just like DMs, these are also private.
InMails allow users to directly message other people on LinkedIn even if they are not connected. You can either pay to be able to send InMails, or you may receive a certain number of InMails by upgrading to a Premium LinkedIn account. The number of InMails you receive depends on what type of Premium account you have.
Finally, paid direct Messages are a paid advertising option that allows users to send ads to specific avatars on LinkedIn. This is used by corporations and businessmen and women who want to grow their business. Sponsored messages may have call-to-action buttons, image banners, and optional forms to generate leads. But even sponsored messages are private on LinkedIn.
All four types of messages are private and cannot be received or opened by anyone other than the recipient.
If you are a member of a LinkedIn group, you can send direct messages to other members—those messages are also one hundred percent private. However, group admins and managers have the option to start a conversation with group members, and messages sent in a group chat format are not totally private as other members were mentioned or tagged in the message as well.
The same thing applies to multiple recipient messages, which are not private one message can mention up to fifty other users. That said, only the specified recipients will be able to receive and see the multiple recipient message.
Just like Facebook, LinkedIn has “read receipts” that lets the sender see if the recipient has viewed their message. Read receipts can be turned off so that the sender will not be notified whether they have read the message or not.
To disable these read receipts, navigate to the top of your LinkedIn profile and click the ‘Me’ icon. Under ‘Settings & Privacy,’ choose ‘Communications’. Click ‘Change’ once you’ve navigated to the ‘Preferences’ section and turn off the ‘Read Receipts and Typing Indicators’.
Privacy is an important issue for all forms of social media, and LinkedIn is no exception. LinkedIn users want to protect their data and make sure their interactions with their contacts remain confidential.
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