Did you know that you could export all your LinkedIn contacts and their email addresses?
I stumbled across this feature today and it came as a bit of a shock that LinkedIn allows you to export your contacts and their email addresses and that they do not force users to communicate only within their proprietary messaging system. Kudos to LinkedIn for opening this up.
Here’s how to do it:
1) From the LinkedIn top navigation, click Network > Contacts;
2) On the right hand side of your Contacts page, click the gear icon;
3) From the Contacts Settings page, click ‘Export LinkedIn Connections’ on the right hand side. That’s it!
How is this valuable?
• There’s a good chance that many of your contacts in your Gmail or other email contact list have moved on to roles at other companies and their email addresses have become outdated. Importing your contact list from LinkedIn can help keep that list up to date.
• In a rare case, you might decide to send an email to your entire contact list. Be careful here though. You have a social contract with your contacts to not be spammy. Don’t be spammy! It’s best to send one-off emails to people on your list individually along with a personalized note. I think we all know when we see a first name variable at the beginning of a single blanket email. Be better than the blanket email.