Maybe you’ve wondered in the past who’s been viewing your profile. If so, you’re not alone — it’s been one of our most common feature requests. I’m very happy to announce that we launched a new feature that’ll both tell you how many people have viewed your profile in the past week as well as reveal some interesting characteristics about them.

This was an interesting product for us to design: as the profile owner, we understand you’d like to see exactly who’s viewed your profile, but as a profile viewer, you want your privacy protected. We recently figured out an elegant solution that works for everyone: instead of showing you exactly who’s viewed your profile, we’ll show you some interesting information about the users’ industry or company background without revealing their identity.

When you log in, you may notice on the right hand side of your homepage a box with the number of users who’ve viewed your profile recently. Once you click on it, you’ll see relevant industry and job background details of the users who’ve viewed your profile. Of course, you have control over what is displayed when you view someone’s profile, ranging from not showing any details, to allowing simple anonymous characteristics, like title and industry, to revealing your full name and headline. You can change your settings here.

So if you’re wondering who has viewed your LinkedIn profile, go ahead and check it out. Let us know what you think. Also, if you are interested in building similar cool new products at LinkedIn, check out some of our recent job openings.

Michael Arrington from TechCrunch and TechMeme discuss our newly launched feature.