How to Use LinkedIn Updates and RSS Feeds

LinkedIn Updates + RSS feeds = Searchable information. Millions of people are updating, communicating, and broadcasting through their LinkedIn updates, and sometimes you may want one thread containing every update in your network instead of constantly having to check the site and remember people’s updates all the time. Well, now you can subscribe to a live RSS feed and get automatic updates when someone posts an update or link.

What exactly is an RSS feed? Imagine if someone regularly sent you a file that contained only the newest updates to a web page, instead of seeing every version of the web page without knowing what was changed. An RSS feed is simply a file that contains only those changes that have been made to a file, like a web page.

Think of it as getting a stream of updates instead of hearing every version of the same story. To benefit from this feature, just do the following:

  1. Log in to your LinkedIn account. Hover your mouse over the Account & Settings icon (your profile picture) from the top navigation bar, and then click Review (next to Privacy and Settings) from the drop-down list that appears.

    Doing so takes you to the LinkedIn Account & Settings page.

  2. Pick the Account category from the bottom left side of the Settings box, below Groups/Companies/Applications, and click the Get LinkedIn Content as an RSS Feed link.

    You are taken to the LinkedIn RSS Feeds page.

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  3. Click the Enable radio button to turn on the RSS feed. This brings up a choice of RSS feed readers.

    The feed reader is basically the software program that receives your RSS feed file and displays it to you so you can read it. You can either choose from the preprogrammed choices, like Google Reader or my Yahoo!, or cut and paste the link offered in the bottom of this window into your own RSS feed reader.

  4. Set up the news reader to handle the newly subscribed RSS feed(s) so that you can read all this information as it gets fed to you.

    A popular RSS reader is Feedspot, which you can set up by following the instructions on their site.

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