Uncovering Hidden Names, Viewing Full Profiles

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Back in December 2013 I posted the tip People You May Not Know about uncovering the hidden names and the full profiles on LinkedIn. It works in 100% cases and is based on saving the profile in question in your contacts.

The Contacts provides a goldmine of sourcing functionality; I have written about other creative ways to use them on this blog ever since they were introduced.

Thanks to my friend and a Sourcing trainer Johnny Campbell of SocialTalent for pointing out the “edit source” link, that now shows up on a “saved-to-contacts” profile, in one of our chats.

Long story short, let me share a quicker way to how to uncover the name and the full profile.

Uncovering Hidden Names, Viewing Full Profiles Profiles – Steps:

Step 1. Step One is the same as before. Save the profile:

– or (for an out-of-network) –



Step 2. In one of the two tabs below,”relationship” and “contact info”, that you will now see, select the “contact info” and click on the Edit contact source link.


Step 3. This takes you to this screen. the Merge Editor. (It doesn’t make any sense, since it has little to do with “editing source”; but never mind. Ignore what it says.) Now, press the Done editing button:

That’s it. DONE. You arrive at the full profile page:


My best guess is that this shortcut to full profiles is very temporary since “editing the source of contact” for some reason takes users to “merging contacts”.

To be fair, the “merge editor” may make sense if you already have the profile in question saved in the contacts from another source; that is a rare case.

P. S. In a later post I will also share a way to save and uncover hidden profiles using the tagging function.