Marc Morgan, Head of Digital and System-on-Chip Design at CSEM, asked the following question in the Answers service of Linked on 11/18/08.
“The “View My Profile” page does not have options for me to see how different users would see my profile. I’m guessing that there could be different views:
– for an unregistered user
– for someone who’s not in my network
– for someone who’s in my network but not a direct connection
– for a direct connection
I could create a 2nd profile to try this out but i don’t think it’s in LinkedIn’s best interest.
Thanks in advance for your reply”
I saw his question in one of the three widgets LinkedIn allows each of us to set up on our home page. You can find these widgets in the lower right hand of your home page. There is one there by default which you can set to whatever you like by clicking on “edit” and selecting a category from the pull-down menu you are then presented. You have options to add two more. I set my three widgets currently to:
I answered Marc as follows,-
An unregistered user can only see what you choose to give him permission to see in the “make my profile public” section of your profile. You check off the boxes you want to be shown. You can then Google yourself and see what they would see. They do have a large yellow box to click on if they want to see your whole profile, but they have to join LinkedIn to do so. Here is what it looks like for my profile.
If someone searches for your name, whether they are in or out of your network, they will be shown your profile, but not your connections.
If you search in LinkedIn for Ed Callahan, you’ll get all twenty of us who currently satisfy that search. It will tell you if you are in or out of my network but you can see my whole profile.
[The rest of the words in these brackets were not in the LinkedIn answer I posted. Currently I am the only Ed Callahan who has a “paid” membership and so I sort to the top of the list produced by that search. There is even another Ed Callahan in the Greater Philadelphia area but he is not open to receiving InMails or Introductions so I can’t reach out to him in LinkedIn even though I was tempted to do so – maybe he is a long lost relative:) ]
If I merely satisfy the criteria for a search you do – for example VP (past or present) at Sun Microsystems, then you get to see my whole profile with one exception. If I am out of your network, you won’t be given my name. If I am within 3 degrees of you, you see my name.
So anyone within 3 degrees of you, once they are viewing your profile, can see all of it, but they have to be directly connected to you AND you must have said “all direct connects can see your connections” for them to see your connections.
Finally, click on the “view my profile” tab to see exactly what anyone else sees when they view your profile.