How to Import Webmail Contacts into LinkedIn
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LinkedIn offers a variety of ways to expand your network. You can import your Webmail program contact list and feed it into LinkedIn to expand your network. By using LinkedIn's webmail importation, you can easily send invitations to multiple contacts at once.
Many people use a Web-based program to send and receive e-mail. The example here uses Yahoo! Mail, but the other systems work similarly for importing contacts.
Gmail (from Google), Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail are among the most popular Webmail programs.
Using your Web browser, go to LinkedIn and log in to your account. Then to import a Webmail contact list, just follow these steps:
Click the Add Connections link at the top right of any LinkedIn page to bring up the Add Connections window.
The See Who You Already Know on LinkedIn page appears.
Enter your Webmail e-mail address into the Email text box and then click the Continue button.
LinkedIn opens a new window in which you can connect with your Webmail program. You may be asked for your e-mail password, so LinkedIn can log in to your account for you.
Follow the instructions to access your Webmail account.
After you log into your account, Yahoo! requests permission to let LinkedIn access your Yahoo! Address Book. You must click the I Agree button if you want LinkedIn to import your contacts. After you do, LinkedIn automatically goes into the account and starts importing contacts, and you’re returned to the LinkedIn Web site.
Review the imported contacts and whom you want to invite to your LinkedIn network.
LinkedIn may select all your contacts who aren’t yet connected to you via LinkedIn and offer to send them an invitation. If that is the case, uncheck the check box next to each person you don’t want to invite. For some e-mail systems, you will see your imported contacts and have to manually select which contacts you want to invite by selecting the check box next to each person you want to invite.
Click the Invite Selected Contacts button to send Invitations to the contacts you wish to add to your network.
When you’re done, close the open window.