As one of the most effective networking 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, many people don’t make the most out of the platform because they are unsure about 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, Sponsored Messaging, and Open Profile Messages. 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 completely private. This means only the sender and the recipient can read messages sent on 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 messages sent between LinkedIn users who are connected with one another. Both basic and Premium users have access to this messaging feature, and it is completely private.
Open Profile Messages are messages that allow LinkedIn users to contact Premium members who have enabled Open profile, whether or not they are connected to the sender. Anyone can send a message to users who have this feature enabled. Just like direct messages, 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, Sponsored Messaging is an ad feature that enables users to send native ads to targeted audiences on LinkedIn. This is used by businesses and entrepreneurs who want to build their client list. Sponsored messages have image banners, customized call-to-action buttons, and optional lead generation forms. But even sponsored messages are private on LinkedIn.
All four forms of messaging 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 fellow members—those messages are also 100 percent private. However, group owners and managers have the option to start a conversation with group members, and messages within these conversations are not completely private as other members who have been mentioned are also able to view the content.
The same thing applies to multiple recipient messages, which are not private as up to 50 people can be added to a single message. That said, only the specified recipients will be able to receive and see the multiple recipient message.
It is worth noting that LinkedIn provides indicators to inform the sender that you have successfully seen the message. These ‘read receipts’ are similar to the ones used on Facebook. While these indicators are turned on by default, they can be disabled so that senders don’t know when you have read their messages or not.
To turn off these indicators, click the ‘Me’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn profile. Then click ‘Settings & Privacy’, followed by ‘Communications’. Go to the ‘Preferences’ section and click ‘Change’ right next to the ‘Read Receipts and Typing Indicators’. Here, select the ‘Off’ option.
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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