I am hoping by now that you have been using Facebook’s Friend Lists or Interest Lists which help you sort your Facebook contacts or pages you like. Twitter also has a List feature that is useful as well. Both of those sites allow you to look at the news feed of only people on those lists – great time-saver!
LinkedIn does not exactly do the same thing – there is no separate news feed for just people on a list, perhaps because the news feed (so far) is not the main focus of the social media site. However, there is a way to categorize your contacts and sort them into groups using what’s called Tags.
You can do this either as you add connections, or you can go to your master Connections list and edit the tags from people you are already connected to. This video shows you what I’m talking about, then I break it down below:
To categorize people as you add them as a connection, simply click on View Profile to go to their page, and find the Contact Information on the lower right sidebar. Under their email address there will be an Edit Tags button. From there you can either add a new tag at the top, or click a checkbox for one of your existing tags. Then save.
To do this for connections you have already made, go to Contacts on the top menu bar, and then Connections and then click on each name in the center column. A right side column will appear with an Edit Tag link. Use that or if you need to, click on their name to visit their profile and remind yourself who they are. 🙂
On that Connections page, you can also select one of your tags (categories) from the left sidebar, select people from within that list in the center and click Send Message on the right. This will send a message to only connections in that particular category. Not to be abused – but this could be handy if you have an announcement or question to ask of only certain groups of people.
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