filtering options on LinkedIn

How to Filter LinkedIn Updates in Newsfeed

Anita’s note: This feature has since moved, and has multiple bugs. You can find the choices in your privacy settings, but I can’t guarantee they’ll work. Once the bug is fixed, I’ll update with a new article.

If you’re not an avid user, checking for new connections and endorsements daily, you may not have noticed a great change they made that allows you to filter LinkedIn updates in your newsfeed, in a manner similar to Facebook. If you’ve got a connection that only shares sales info on their multi-level marketing products, or repeatedly posts the same updates every week, you can quickly and easily hide them and get to the good stuff.

Viewing Options for Your LinkedIn Newsfeed

When you log in to LinkedIn, you’ll see an arrow in the top right corner of your newsfeed, just under the status compose box. This is what you get when you click:

filtering options on LinkedIn

Here are several options to filter LinkedIn updates to see what might be most important to you.

  • All updates shows everything, unfiltered, no algorithm determining what you see;
  • Top shows the most popular updates in your network, based on comments, likes, shares, etc (sound familiar?);
  • Recent shows more recent posts that are popular
  • Shares will show only those updates that have been shared by your connections;
  • Groups shows posts in groups you are a member of (perhaps an easier way to keep up with active groups than going into each one separately);
  • Companies will show all the updates from Company Pages you are following;
  • Your Updates will show updates from you (a good way to check on the engagement with your content);
  • Hidden will take you to a window where you can view all the connections you’ve hidden from your feed all together.
  • Customize takes you to a window where you can choose which types of updates to view in your newsfeed. I turned off all the annoying connection updates, for one!

Hiding a Connection’s Updates From Your LinkedIn Newsfeed

If using the above filtering options for your newsfeed just isn’t cutting it, you can go one step further and actually hide specific connections from your newsfeed completely. They will still see all of your updates and be able to comment on them, but you will no longer be subjected to the constant sales pitches. Of course, the other option is to un-link with them completely. If you’re opting to simply hide a few overzealous connections, two simple clicks and Bob’s your uncle!

Hide Connection button on LinkedIn

My apologies to Becky Gaylord… I didn’t really hide her… she puts out great content and just happened to be the first person in my feed as I was writing this post. When you hover over anyone’s post, the “Hide” button will appear in the top right corner of the post. If you hover over the word “hide” a pop-up box that says “Hide Becky from your updates” appears so you know what clicking on the button will do. And hey, I lied… it’s only ONE click and Bob’s your uncle.

Unhiding a Connection

OOoops… you were following along and went ahead and hid someone you didn’t really want to hide, didn’t you? Don’t worry, they don’t know you hid them and you can easily add them back. Just go back to the arrow at the top of your newsfeed and choose the “Hidden” option, which opens the customize window. On the Hidden tab you should see your Boss’s Boss’s Executive Assistant listed and you simply need to click “Show Updates”. There… crisis avoided!

Next time you’re checking out LinkedIn try out the different views of your newsfeed to see which ones work best for you and don’t be afraid to hide those people who are not providing exceptional content. You’ll be much happier and maybe even check in to LinkedIn more frequently knowing your newsfeed isn’t filled up with drivel about products you have no interest in.

Did you already know about this feature? Have you used it? Did it make you love LinkedIn just a little bit more? Let me know in the comments.

Comments (11)

  • Ryan Biddulph Reply

    Hi Anita,

    I needed this option! Perfect timing. As I hop back onto LI I wanted to sift out much of the not so valuable info from my main feed. You helped me tons 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    October 29, 2013 at 9:09 am
  • Linda Daley Reply

    This is what I’ll be doing at next Team Twirp!

    October 30, 2013 at 10:41 am
  • Trib21 Reply

    Wonderful, I had no idea! I am off to do thisi right now. Thanks for the valuable information.

    November 17, 2013 at 8:29 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Hovey Reply

      How’d you make out Valerie?

      December 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm
      • Trib21 Reply

        I made out well, thanks to you. It was a great way to zoom in on what I really wanted to read.

        December 14, 2013 at 8:19 am
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  • Jeff Young Reply

    Since LinkedIn redesigned the home page this option is not available from the home page any more. You must go to Privacy and Settings, Account Tab and click the filter option. WARNING: THE FILTERS NOT LONGER WORK! Please send a message to LinkedIn Customer Service demanding that they fix this bug!

    March 28, 2015 at 10:25 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      Anita Hovey Reply

      Jeff, you are right, the place to do this has moved and I, too, am seeing things I’ve asked not to see…Hopefully they will fix this soon. In the meantime, I’m taking this blog post out of rotation until I can solidly update it.

      Cheers,
      Anita

      March 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm
  • Dann Reply

    I am just learning the basics of search engine optimisation, I didnt realise it was so hands-on-glad I found some useful blogs to follow
    How to Filter LinkedIn Updates in Newsfeed – The newest
    addition to my RSS feed!

    June 4, 2016 at 1:08 am

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