In my blog posting on Aug 29th “Download your #LinkedIn connection list now” I explained how important it is to back up a copy of your LinkedIn connections and PDF of your profile someplace safe, just in case.
Last week LinkedIn announced a much better way to back up your profile, so in the spirit of improvement, in one easy process, you can now receive all the data LinkedIn has stored on your account. Starting with account information:
- Registration information
- Login history including IP records
- Email address history and statuses
- Account history including account closures and reopens
and other information as well:
- Name information including the current name on your account and any previous name changes
- A list of your 1st degree connections
- Photos that have been uploaded to your account
- Endorsements you’ve received
- List of skills on your profile
- Recommendations given and received
- Group contributions
- Your search history
- Content you’ve posted, shared, liked, or commented on
- Mobile apps you’ve installed
- Ads you’ve clicked on
- The targeting criteria LinkedIn uses to show you ads
- This archive only includes data on your own activity within LinkedIn. It doesn’t include LinkedIn’s data such as information in People You May Know and Who’s Viewed Your Profile.
- If you’d like to see information that’s not listed above, please complete LinkedIn’s Data Consent form. Once you’ve completed the form, it will automatically be sent to us for review and you can save a copy for your reference.
How do you start this process? You can ask to retrieve your data and within 72 hours you will receive an email containing all the data outlined above.
In the meantime, you will first receive an emailed confirmation that you asked for this data, similar to mine to the left.
And as an aside, bravo to LinkedIn, mine took a mere 6 hours to arrive!
Once you receive the data, you get another email (similar to mine at left) that allows you to download it within 72 hours of receipt, which you should save to your hard drive and re-save to a secure place on the cloud for later reference if your hard-drive dies.
I hope you never have to retrieve this and rebuild, but it cannot hurt to have this at your fingertips…