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5 Ways To Manage LinkedIn Email Notifications

Drowning in LinkedIn emails? Here's a look at five settings you can change to prevent email overload.

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If LinkedIn emails are flooding your inbox, you're not alone: It's a common complaint from users in LinkedIn forums as the social network continues to build out more features -- and communicate with you about them.

Emails might include alerts when someone has endorsed you, commented on a Group post, or viewed your profile, for example. It also may send you weekly or daily digest emails, with summaries of alerts from your network, the groups you belong to, and stories from Pulse as well.

Thankfully, managing the alerts is easy -- you just need to know where to look. Here are five common LinkedIn gripes -- from unsubscribing from blog publishing notifications to ending endorsement emails -- with instructions for managing your settings.

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1. Unsubscribe from publishing notifications
You may have noticed an uptick in notifications when you log into LinkedIn that alert you to connections or influencers who have published new blog posts. LinkedIn expanded its blogging platform earlier this year, giving all users the ability to publish, and most recently debuted a redesign with more customization tools.

LinkedIn notifies you via the flag icon on the top right of your LinkedIn page when a first-degree connection publishes a blog post. While there is no setting to mass-unsubscribe from these alerts, you can unsubscribe on an individual basis.

To stop receiving publishing notifications from a particular connection, move your cursor over the flag icon at the top right of your homepage, and hover over the notification. Click the X that appears in the top-right, then click "unsubscribe."

2. Manage group digest emails
The number of LinkedIn groups you join and participate in can profoundly affect how many emails you receive from LinkedIn. For each group you belong to, you can choose whether you receive a daily or weekly digest email, or no email at all.

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To find your groups email settings, visit your Privacy & Settings page, then click the Groups, Companies, & Applications tab at the bottom and select "Set the frequency of group digest emails." A pop-up will display showing all the groups you belong to. Choose your email frequency for each one, then click "Save changes" at the bottom. Your changes could take a few days to take effect.

You will need to adjust other group email settings, such as discussion and comment notifications, by visiting each group individually. To access your list of groups, click the Interests tab at the top of the LinkedIn page, then select Groups. Select the group's name, then click the i icon near the top right and select "Your settings." From here, uncheck the box next to "Send me an email for each new discussion" to turn off those emails.

3. Manage endorsement emails.
LinkedIn's Endorsements feature lets your connections vote up particular skills. And while some have questioned whether endorsements are useful,

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Ariella
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12/4/2014 | 8:39:43 AM
Re: notifications
@Joe I also had that OMG response when I saw that. It's really not what you expect when you see a LI suggestion to tell someone congratulations on a work anniversary.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/4/2014 | 12:32:28 AM
Re: The sixth way.
48 hours to unsubscribe.  Hah!  I see a week, and even ten days sometimes.

Perhaps the issue is that other contractors and subcontractors who co-manage email marketing (companies like Constant Contact) may need to be alerted...
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/4/2014 | 12:30:42 AM
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@Ariella: Oh my gosh!  I didn't know John Verity had died!  That's saddening news.

(No wonder he stopped replying to my emails...)
BillB031
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BillB031,
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12/3/2014 | 8:44:57 AM
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I have to say as far as email spam goes, Linkedin takes the cake, right along side with Dick's sporting goods and other spam machines.  I did what I thought was to shut down my linkedin acct, but keep getting alert emails, except I no longer have an account to manage them.  Hitting unsubscribe link seems to do no good, since it tells me to log into my account and manage the emails I receive.  Been going on for years.

My FB account has been deleted, but wonder if any of this stuff really gets purged from their systems.  Pretty sure it doesn't. 

Biggest bunch of BS on the net  = "This may take up to 48 hours to unsubscribe"  like some poor smuck employee has to shuffle paperwork to make it happen.. lol
Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/3/2014 | 8:41:15 AM
Re: notifications
@Joe no, there does not. The work anniversaries are completely automatic. In fact, it was a tiny bit creepy to get a notice of a work anniversary for John Verity. The first comment on it pointed out that, in fact, he was not still there because he died. No automatic updates of that sort on LI. 
Susan Fourtané
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12/3/2014 | 3:43:09 AM
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Kristin, 

It's quite interesting to see how social media is evolving to the point of becoming annoying, and this prompting articles, like this one, to help people get some space back in their email.

Notifications, groups, and stuff seemed like a good idea at the beginning. Something useful to keep up to date with the topics that interest you. Then, companies and individuals alike started to send too much unsolicited emails, notifications, and daily alerts.

They only got the opposite of what they expected, I believe, as people have started to unsubcribe from almost everything. Oh, well. Maybe one day they will learn.

-Susan 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/3/2014 | 12:45:41 AM
The sixth way.
You forgot one, Kristin.

Shut down your LinkedIn account!  ;)

Lord knows if I won the lottery, I'd be pretty much done with the Internet -- let alone social media.  If anything, I'd pay people to print out web pages for me to read by the pool.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/3/2014 | 12:44:05 AM
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@Ariella: I unsubscribed to digest emails ages ago -- and stopped joining groups once I realized marketers were using them to collect your email address to spam you.

The one thing I'm trying to figure out: I still want notifications when someone gets a new job, but I do not want the notification emails when someone has a work anniversary.  There seems to be no way to distinguish between the two when choosing what to subscribe to...at least, not that I've figured out yet.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/2/2014 | 2:33:25 PM
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Thanks, I've adjusted my group notifications already because I was getting too many emails from some of them. I've also left groups that ended up just being a dumping ground for spam.
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