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LinkedIn Tip #17 – Who left my network?

It’s been many years on my agenda, to find a solution to a question I had: How do I find out if someone has decided to move on, and disconnect from my network? Fortunately, it doesn’t happen often, but on occasion I’ve noticed that my total number of connection had dropped by one. I’ll admit, I have a significant number of people in my network, whom I know personally, or had some sort of business interaction with. So when someone decides to leave my network, it hurts a little, and I want to know who it was.

Until today, there was no such option. You could look up new connections (even that is tricky, but possible – Go to Profile> View Profile> Connections – new connections will come up on top) , but couldn’t see “lost connections”.

Last week Linkedin allowed people to follow other people, thought leaders, without connecting to them. Much like Twitter. I think it’s not a bad idea, especially when following real thought leaders, but these people are not part of your network, and mostly unreachable.  To be honest I much prefer to only have people I know in my network, yet I decided to follow some industry influencers, just out of interest…

As a result of this new feature, Linkedin has introduced another sub-navigation (submenu) item, under Profile, named Following:

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When you click on that Following link, LinkedIn will calculate your connections and the people you’re following. You’ll noticed, that other than Barack Obama, Richard Branson or the Delay Lama there are people you’re following, who you KNOW have been in your network, either accepted your invitation or you accepted theirs, yet either the number 2, 3 or Group appears next to their name, which means they are no longer connected to you.

Unless you check this list of Following, You’ll never know they’ve left, because you’re still following their updates (they have disconnected from you, so they aren’t following you, only you following them). If you want to make sure these people are NOT connected to you, just tick the box: Hide your…. connections.

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So, do you think it is important to know who left your network, or not??

Tell me why, in the comments below..

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  • jamesoliverjr

    Thanks, Raz. I’ve wondered about this in the past.

  • Thomas Bertin

    Raz –

    I, like most everyone else, would be interested to know who has left their network, yet many of my coonections were encouraged to join me for the thoughts and content that I would offer them. Although my sharing of information and status updates have tapered off somewhat after starting a new job 18 months ago, I have seen little departure from my network. On the other hand, I have to admit, that in certain instances, it would not be my choice to have others made aware that I’m no longer a connection.

    • http://www.razchorev.com Raz Chorev

      Thomas, my connections are people I’ve met, and either invited me or accepted my invitation to connect. I’m not soliciting invitations, or accepting random people to my network. For me it’s a real surprise to see someone leave my network. However, if I decide to leave someone else’s network, I have no qualms about them knowing about it.

  • Thomas Bertin

    Raz – Please accept my apology for the mis-spelling of the word “connections”!

  • Yaron Allul

    Raz, I had the instance where I was connected to a work colleague but then didn’t want them to be aware of my job searching activity (which is quite obvious on LinkedIn usually). I thus removed him as a connection. I would not been keen for them to be informed that I disconnected from them. Of course they might deduce it. Cheers Yaron

    • http://www.razchorev.com Raz Chorev

      Yaron, I understand where you’re coming from. It can be tricky sometimes…

  • Joseph L. Rosenberg

    Raz, I already hide my connections, via another feature at the site. Checking this box does not appear to change this. So perhaps there are now two “hide my connections” features that do different things.

  • Shandel Burns

    Thanks for the tip, Raz! I think that it is nice to know who is ‘following’ back (still connected). I don’t think there is much chance of a business relationship there if it is all one sided.

  • Shandel Burns

    Hi Raz, strangely my profile says that I am not ‘following’ anyone. I followed your instructions above, however I think that I might be missing something.

    • http://www.razchorev.com Raz Chorev

      Shandel, my apology for the confusion, but LinkedIn have removed this feature. You can no longer find out who left your network using the method above. I’m investigating the option of building an app to allow email notification when a connection disconnects from your network. Hopefully it won’t take long…

  • Chavez

    Any news on an app to do this? I actually think it’s important to know who left your network. The irony here is this: in a sense I’m too busy to bother with details on LinkedIn (I don’t follow it as religiously as others do). So I have to be selective what details I do pay attention to. I think knowing who left your network is an important one because it takes a *pro-active* decision to disconnect from someone. If someone has the time on their hands and bothers to disconnect from us, particularly if our presence on LinkedIn is innocuous (no nefarious or frequent posts, etc.), then it means that person was motivated enough (for whatever reason) to expend the time disconnecting from you: I’d prefer to know who it is because I’d prefer to know to exclude that association in any other way it may exist if they make the effort to disconnect on something as insignificant as a social (in this case professional) networking site. To me this is also indicative of a very common flaw in our society, and that’s taking people for granted – I don’t take the most minor acquaintance for granted – our relationship to other people, no matter how small, is in my opinion the foundation for your strength in business and in many, many other spheres. I also feel when someone disconnects from your network they are disconnecting from the many people you still associate with – they don’t value your connection or the network you bring to the table. I hope you tell us when you hear of an app to sift through this quickly!

    • http://www.razchorev.com Raz Chorev

      Thanks for your input Chavez. As you’re probably aware, LinkedIn had removed the option of finding out who’s left your network. Apparently, based on all the conversations with developers I had over the past few months, it’s very difficult to create that app, even though I know many people who would love to use it.
      So, until someone (a developer) will find a way to make this happen, I guess we just need to accept that some people don’t value our relationship with them as much as we do.

  • Benny

    If it someone you invited, you can go through your list of invitations and hover over the name of the people that have accepted. If they no longer show as 1st contact you know they deleted you.
    Does not work if they invited you.

  • Small Puppy

    You have a lot of time on your hands. Concentrate on those who want to collaborate with you and you will be more successful. LinkeIn for people are not who want to be…



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