Now that LinkedIn has been around a good while – over 10 years – most people I come across are on it. Some are very active, some aren’t. There are few features of LinkedIn, though, that even the most active users don’t seem to be aware of. Here’s one very useful one:
Did you know you can tag your contacts? Tagging your contacts makes it easy to filter them by different categories and easy to send a quick group message.
Many of your contacts are automatically tagged when you connect, based on the invitation you sent. If you said they were a colleague in the invitation, they’ll be marked as such.
But you can add tags too. You can create up to 200 unique tags. Do you want to quickly be able to see just your contacts who are recruiters? Or, people you know through a particular professional association? Create the tag, and then tag your contacts.
To see what tags you currently have, go to your list of connections. The left hand column will look something like this:
Next to the word ‘Tags’ is the word ‘manage’. Click ‘manage’ and you’ll be able to add any tags you like.
For example, I created an ‘HR’ tag, a ‘recruiters’ tag and a ‘consultants’ tag. If I want to make a referral, I can quickly scroll through them to find the right one to refer to.
You have to mark each person with the tags you create. This can be a time consuming process, but worth it. To do this, click on a contact. Their details will show in the right hand column. Now, click on ‘edit tags’, mark the tags you like, and save. See below.
As you accept new invitations, you’ll want to tag people right away. Trust me, it’s easier this way.
Once you’ve tagged your contacts, when you click on that tag in the left hand column, you’ll see only the people with those tags. In the right hand column, you’ll see the words ‘Send message’. To send a group message, just click this. A new message window will pop up, pre-populated with their names. Now compose and send.
That’s it! It may look a little complicated here, but after you’ve done it a time or two, you’ll find it easy.