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LinkedIn training tip – Exporting your connections, or “How do I send a bulk email to my connections?”

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Summary:

You can export information about all of your LinkedIn 1st level connections to a file.  LinkedIn doesn’t give you very much of the information that it has, but it will give you all of their email addresses.  Therefore, there is a way to send your connections a mass email.  However, please don’t be a spammer.

Details:

Here is how you export the information from all of your LinkedIn connections to a file:

  • Go to your LinkedIn home page
  • In the navigation at the top, click Contacts
  • At the bottom on the right, click Export Connections
  • Export to Microsoft Outlook (.CSV)
  • Put in the text for the security image if requested (it only asks the first time during a session)
  • Click Export

LinkedIn will create a CSV file, and the email address will be in the 6th column.  However, for some annoying reason, LinkedIn does not put many of the other important fields into the file.  As of December 12, 2010, it only writes out the following values

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email Address
  • Company
  • Job title

even though it has a lot of the other information and could easily export it for you.

If you wanted to send a bulk email (mass email) to your connections, you could now

  • extract all of the email addresses from the CSV file
  • send them an email through the email program of your choice

Please be cool, and don’t spam them.

It’s a good idea to periodically do this as a backup just in case LinkedIn goes out of business, or decides to remove this functionality.  There are a LOT of limitations to this feature, and I will address them in a future blog post.

Good luck!

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2 comments

1 Chris Kemp { 11.22.10 at 11:56 am }

Hello,
We offer a service which allows you to save not only all your direct connections as described in this article but also all your level 2 connections, in most cases more than tens of thousands of contacts.

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