Do You Know How To Back Up and Export Your LinkedIn Contacts for 2013?

Why do you want to have your connections in a file? What would happen if LinkedIn’s service went down, and it has gone down. What would happen to your contacts if during an update or upgrade to service your file was deleted? My file was inactive once because of an update and It took 48 hours for LinkedIn to get it back to active status. So for two days I didn’t have access to my connections. What would happen to your connections if LinkedIn’ files were compromised or hacked and they have been?

From your home page or your profile page start at the toolbar at the top of the page. Hover your mouse over the word network until a drop down appears. There will be three choices, contacts, add connections, or find alumni. Then select contacts. On the top right of the page will be a gear and the word “SETTINGS”. Click on settings and it will go to your contact settings page. In the top right corner of the page will be ADVANCED SETTINGS and underneath that will be the words “Export LinkedIn Connections”. Click on export LinkedIn connections. You will then have several choices for files.

Microsoft Outlook (.CSV file)
Outlook Express (.CSV file)
Yahoo! Mail (.CSV file)
Mac OS X Address Book (,VCF file)
vCard (.VCF file)

Choose whichever one is most compatible with your computer. Export the file to the desktop on your computer. Once the file is there you will have a spreadsheet that you can copy to an Excel file and edit the information you need. The Excel file will have the first name last name, email address, company and title. But it will also have a lot of empty fields for you to delete.

If you are an active networker you may want to do this on a monthly basis. Now, when was the last time you backed up your files?

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