Build a More Powerful LinkedIn Network with "People You May Know"

February 28, 2014


Strong professional relationships can be the lifeblood of a successful career. But building a healthy, thriving professional network takes time, experience, and even a little know-how. Beginning today, LinkedIn's all-new People You May Know page is taking some of the mystery out of building that network.

The new People You May Know simplifies the experience of growing your network. It does that by bringing all your pending invitations and suggestions to connect together in one place. The sleek new design features beautiful cards with larger photos for an easier to read, streamlined experience. Valuable insights are also at your fingertips. You’ll be able to clearly see if we’re suggesting a connection based on your previous address book import, or if we’re suggesting a LinkedIn member we think you might know. Find this information by hovering over the bottom right of a suggested member's photo so that you can quickly and easily decide if you want to connect. See someone you don’t want to connect to? You can still remove the suggestion to connect to that person by clicking the \"x\" icon at the top right of each card.

You’ll be able to reach this new experience from the People You May Know modules on the right hand side of your LinkedIn Homepage, LinkedIn Profile, and LinkedIn Inbox, and whenever you send or receive an invitation.

This is just our first step in reimagining the way you discover and connect with professionals across LinkedIn. We’re looking forward to making People You May Know even more valuable over the next few months.  To help you get started today, here are a few tips to making more powerful connections on LinkedIn.

  • Focus on quality: When it comes to your professional network, the quality of your connections is more important than quantity.  Connect with people you’ve done business with, who can vouch for you, and who you’d feel comfortable vouching for yourself.
  • Personalize your invites: Customize your invitations from the new People You May know page by hovering over the person you want to connect with and clicking the “envelope” icon at the bottom right of each card. Writing a personal note goes a long way in strengthening the relationships that make up your network.
  • Stay on top of your invitations: Invitations sent to you will now appear at the top of the People You May Know page, so they won’t get lost in your inbox. Want to respond, see what you have in common, or review the messages sent between you? Just hover over the person’s card.
  • Request introductions: Introductions help you connect with members in your extended network through the people you both know. The recently introduced How You’re Connected tool on LinkedIn profiles makes it easier to find the best path to getting introduced.

We’re excited to announce that the new People You May Know is now being rolled out to English speaking members.