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How to Export your LinkedIn Contacts

How to Export Your LinkedIn Connections

How to Export Your LinkedIn Connections
Exporting your LinkedIn Contacts is just a good business practice. After returning from the 2010 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Convention it became apparent that every professional needs a few tips on LinkedIn. Since LinkedIn accounts can be suspended and even the best systems can fail at anytime, it’s smart to have a backup plan in place and export your contacts from LinkedIn occasionally. So how do you extract all your contacts from LinkedIn?
Be logged into your account and then either navigate to your contacts (found under the Network tab) then select Settings by clicking on the gear on the right. There you can select the Export Connections option as seen above:

or you can go directly to where you’ll see this screen: How to export LinkedIn Connections

LinkedIn gives you options to export to Outlook, Yahoo Mail, MAC or a vCard format and also provides directions of how to import too. I realize that you probably don’t have your entire Outlook Address Book as contacts in LinkedIn but I hope every contact is in your Customer Relationship Management System. Many products are integrating LinkedIn into their email systems and there are plug-ins for outlook like Xobni and LinkedIn for Outlook, a social networking connector that your firm may want to consider. It helps improve your relationships by having the ability to access status updates and activity efficiently in whatever application you are working in.

The more connections you have the more valued investment you have in LinkedIn. I’d like to hear from you. How many of my readers have ever exported their contacts? More importantly how many will?


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  1. Thanks for the tip, good idea. I exported my linkedIn contacts to Outlook and it says my connections were successfully exported, but it didn’t give me the option of selecting the file location and now I don’t know where to find them.

    Any ideas?

  2. Usul says:

    Thats an interesting feature that I was not aware of. Will definitely be using it soon.

  3. carolhagen says:

    Mine went to the downloads folder in the My documents directory. The file is called linkedin_connections_export_microsoft_outlook.csv

  4. WB says:

    I have completed the download and saved to desk top. What I would like to know is how to export non-primary connections.

  5. carolhagen says:

    LinkedIn does not offer a 2nd or 3rd tier export, nor do I expect them to.

  6. Atit Jain says:

    Thanks for the link, have been looking for it to have a backup of my contacts.

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