If you are getting frustrated with LinkedIn taking it’s time to let you tag or mention colleagues when you are posting on LinkedIn, you are not alone! While the LinkedIn User Experience is improving, the reality is we need to be patient when we want to tag or mention someone in a post on LinkedIn.
I will type in @ and begin to write the first few letters of the person’s name and then wait a few seconds. If I am connected to the person, their name will come up quicker. Sometimes it works faster than others. Sometimes I have to have a few goes before it works.
Why You Would Mention Connections or Colleagues in LinkedIn Posts or Comments
You may want to mention a connection or other LinkedIn member for a variety of reasons. It may be to thank them, to acknowledge something they have written or to highlight their contribution to or involvement with a recent event or conference. Mentioning or tagging your connections in this way can encourage engagement with your posts and comments and draw your connection’s attention to your update.
The mention or tag will notify your connections that your post or comment might be relevant to them. It is important to note that connections mentioned in your post or comment are associated with their profiles. If you would like to remove a mention of yourself from a comment or post, here’s how. Viewers are also able to click on connection names to navigate to their profiles.
How to Mention Connections or Colleagues in LinkedIn Posts or Comments
If you’d like to know how to mention or tag people in your LinkedIn Posts, here’s how:
- On your LinkedIn homepage, click into the Share an article, photo, video or idea field or click Comment at the bottom of someone else’s post.
- Type “@” and then begin typing a name in the box. You’ll see a list of potential people you can mention.
- Click on the name of the person or people you want to mention from the list and continue typing your message.
After you select someone from the list and finish your post, that person will receive a notification and an email letting them know you’ve mentioned them.
It works the same for when you are commenting on other people’s posts as a comment on LinkedIn. Here’s an example:
Important things to Remember about Mentioning or Tagging Connections or Colleagues on LinkedIn
- LinkedIn members don’t need to be your connection in order to mention you or be mentioned by you (as you can see in the example above, when I typed in @Kerryn, the drop down menu included 1st degree connections and 2nd degree connections)
- The Mentions feature is not available for articles published on the LinkedIn publishing platform. However when you press ‘publish’ on your article, you can mention people in the update.
- You can also edit your posts and comments to add a mention after you have posted it.
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