Amazing! Search for Symbols in the New Contacts

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The new LinkedIn Contacts functionality is simply amazing! It opens up never-before possible people sourcing explorations, and is available (albeit still very buggy) for all personal accounts, whether paid or basic.

The syncing with other accounts possibility is quite like the Talent Pipeline in some ways. (More about it later).

For starters, you can search for sub-strings and even for special characters in all of the fields: name, title, company, and location. (Is a new Software Architect join the LinkedIn team?). Look how powerful this search is:

Time to switch if you haven’t. 🙂

Irina (LinkedIn profile)

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  1. Okay, so Linkedin came up with a new feature including app, in US store only btw, so that is annoying.
    Also to get your linkedin contacts synced with the new feature you have to refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh and at some point you think everything is synced. No, it says all your contacts are now synced, but the actual contact list is not.. not yet.

    So if you go back to contacts, only a few are in there..
    To solve that you have click connections in the side menu: again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again at some point it will only add another 40 per refresh. Funny thing is during this process of synchronizing you’ll see next to “all contacts a different number presented that on top of the contact list… usually a difference between 10-14 connections… Btw if you just wait the machine keeps on running his sync, it is just not as quick as me hitting the refresh button, expecting to get it all at once.

    And in the end, when you think it’s done and the numbers are right, I still notice my Linkedin homepage tells me I have even more connections than added to the Linkedin contacts feature…

    In other words Irina you wrote this: (albeit still very buggy) between brackets, but you can leave the brackets for now 🙂
    Having all this said. Now exploring the feature: big plus, Tagging possible per group of people, finding people in your network based on email addresses, like e.g. give me all that has listed email or have a hotmail account etc.

    The nicest thing about this, I can finally work through my 30K contacts again.

    Long comment btw. I will repost it on my blog as well 🙂

  2. Irina,

    My screen doesn’t look like yours and I have upgraded to the new LinkedIn contacts. In addition, I am unable to group email if I do a search on my contacts. Is there a way around this??


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      I am sorry, I don’t know… this seems like a question to LinkedIn Customer Support.
      There are so many things that are currently broken.

      1. To upgrade to the new contacts feature go to

        Click get started and it will ask you to sync with gmail/yahoo/outlook etc… You can choose which, if any, you want it to sync to.

        Once you do that, your contacts link will show the new features like Irina displayed in the screenshot.

  3. LinkedIn is making some changes stage by stage… I saw the same thing in office today as the features I had was not visible to my colleagues profile. You’ll eventually get them 🙂

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