Using LinkedIn's Find Nearby feature on your phone


Attending a conference or large business event sometime soon and wish you had a simple way to meet other people around you? 

Then you can benefit from a new feature on the LinkedIn phone app called “Find nearby”. It can help you find others in the vicinity who are also on LinkedIn so that you can meet.

To activate it, add the free LinkedIn app to your phone either through the App Store or Google Play Store. Log onto your LinkedIn app and then click the “My Network” icon at the bottom of the screen (it's the two little faces icon).

At the top of “My Network” screen, turn the “Find nearby” feature on. Within seconds, the name, job title, and photo of all the people around you who have also turned on “Find nearby” will appear on  the app.

How can this feature benefit you? It can help you meet up with friends attending the same conference or give you a way to meet new people who activated the feature for networking purposes.

Note that you must turn on the “Find nearby” feature each time that you use it (it will switch off automatically when not in use) and the other people around you must also turn it on or they won’t be discoverable by your phone. Recent buzz is that LinkedIn will make it so "Find nearby" stays on longer. That would be a nice improvement, since right now, it turns off as soon as you leave a room and it would be better if you could control how long you would like it to stay on, say, for a whole conference. 

LinkedIn does not track or retain your personal location information through Find Nearby, so give it a whirl to meet up with prospects and friends at your next big event.


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