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LinkedIn is a great platform to connect with others in the industry, your clients, and to find and research prospects. LinkedIn is continuing to update and improve its platform. In today’s issue, I want to share with you a cool tool in the LinkedIn mobile app called Find Nearby.
Find Nearby gives you the ability to find other LinkedIn members who are nearby, using your mobile device.
This feature will provide you with opportunities to network with other LinkedIn members by quickly finding and connecting with people around you at conferences, events and more that are close to you.
To protect your privacy, you’ll need to opt-in to use this feature, and you’ll only be discoverable when you are on the Find Nearby page. Find Nearby is turned OFF by default. LinkedIn doesn’t track, monitor, or store your precise location data.
Using your mobile device, you can find other LinkedIn members in your surrounding vicinity of up to 100 feet (30 meters). If both you and another member have the feature active, you can send a message or invite them to connect.
How to Use LinkedIn Find Nearby
It is easy to use the Find Nearby feature:
- Activate Bluetooth on your mobile device.
- In the LinkedIn mobile app, tap the My Network tab.
- Tap Find nearby at the top of the screen.
- You may be prompted to allow LinkedIn to connect to your device Accessories, which will allow Bluetooth to work with the LinkedIn mobile app. Follow the prompts or navigate to your settings directly to update your preferences:
– Tap Enable > tap OK.
– Tap Enable Bluetooth sharing > toggle to allow LinkedIn to access Bluetooth Sharing.
- Once you’ve enabled Bluetooth sharing, you can discover others nearby while viewing the Find Nearby screen.
- You’ll see a list of people who currently have the Find Nearby feature active. Tap the name of the member’s profile you want to view.
- If that member is already a connection, you can send them a message. If not, you can invite them to connect.
Note: This feature is currently only available on the LinkedIn mobile app.
Because Android sometimes bundles permissions, you may be prompted to allow LinkedIn to access the location, microphone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on your mobile device. LinkedIn does not receive any details of your location or connection data or audio recordings for this feature. This is because the data processing is done on your mobile device itself, not on LinkedIn servers.
This feature uses Google Nearby technology to locate other LinkedIn members near you.
It is an excellent little tool that is easy and works quite well.