Quick. Name all the people that you’re connected to on LinkedIn.
You’ve got two minutes…
Time’s up. Well could you do it? No? That’s too bad. Because all of that work you put into making your LinkedIn account the masterpiece that it is, can be gone in an instant. Not just yours, but anyone’s. That’s because LinkedIn is a web site with millions of users and billions of entries. As hard as they try to maintain it and keep all of your contacts and information safe, all of it is just one electronic hiccup or hacked account away from disappearing. In an instant. But the GOOD news is, that won’t happen to you. Why? Because you’re about to learn a secret. You can download and backup all of your business contacts from LinkedIn. And it’s so easy! You can even put them right into Outlook for easy access to all your LinkedIn friends.
1. I Can Download My Contacts? Really?
Yes, you really can, email addresses and everything!
First log into LinkedIn and click on Connections from the Menu Bar. You’ll be taken to your connections page where you see all of the people that are connected to you.
2. Click On Settings And Export Connections
On the extreme right hand side of the screen is a small icon that looks like a gear. This is the Settings button. Click on it to open your Settings Menu.
On the right side of that page, under Advanced Settings, you’ll see a link that says “Export LinkedIn Connections”. Click on that link.
3. Export Your Connections To Your Computer
You can use the pull-down menu to choose the format in which your contacts will be downloaded.
Most people usually use the CSV format for Windows, Excel or Outlook. You can also download your contacts in VCF format.
After you choose your format, just click the blue Export button and save the file to your computer desktop .
4. Speaking of Outlook…
If you use Microsoft Outlook, don’t forget that you can import these contacts directly into Outlook. Here’s how you do it in Outlook 2010:
Open Outlook and click on the File menu
Choose Import and then From Another Program or File
For file type, choose Comma Separated Values
Browse your desktop to locate the LinkedIn File you just downloaded and Import.
If you’d like to download these instructions for later, click here to save them to your computer. And be sure to check out our blog post on backing up your Facebook information while you’re here.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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