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Dealing with Duplicate Accounts in LinkedIn

Okay, for the next few weeks, I'll probably be on a little kick, to make up for some lost time over the past few months.  The real purpose of this post, however, is to help people identify and address problems that come from having more than one LinkedIn account.  I continue to see lots of questions from people who have accidentally created duplicate accounts, because they accepted invitations from former colleagues or associates which were addressed to email accounts that they had not associated with their primary LinkedIn account.  Part of the reason for this problem is that LinkedIn does not take the opportunity -- as soon as you create your account -- to encourage you enter in all the accounts which potential contacts would use to connect.

This is one of the things I would hope that they would address in the near future, along with . Big Smile

Once you've accidentally created multiple accounts, LinkedIn does not make it easy for you to merge the two.  .

As evidenced by , this is a fairly common problem, and it would behoove them to make it easier for people to avoid the issue, especially with no simple merge option available.

So, you've accidentally created a duplicate account!

If you try to accept an invitation that is addressed to you, and has ended up in your mailbox, but you are told that you are not the proper recipient of the invitation, then it is likely that you have a second account.  What you need to do at this point is:

  • Perform a search to ensure that you know how many profiles exist for you on LinkedIn
  • Determine which account has the least number of contacts or recommendations
  • from whichever account was selected above
  • Import these recently exported contacts into the other account (deemed "Primary")
  • Re-invite the recently imported contacts, indicating that the reason you're doing so is account consolidation
  • Re-request any recommendations that had previously being given to the non-primary LinkedIn account
  • , once everything has been imported and reconnected in the new one
  • Add all relevant email addresses to your primary LinkedIn account to avoid a repeat performance

Hopefully, the folks at LinkedIn will take care of this in short order, along with some of the other minor issues that would make for an even greater experience.

 

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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:34 PM by Logik!

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Anita said:

Thank you so much for this information, it was very helpful.

# February 12, 2008 2:50 PM

Logik! said:

You're very welcome, Anita

# February 13, 2008 1:46 PM

Phil said:

I think this is a common problem and I feel a bit dumb for having gotten myself into this situation.  I guess I figured that this would have been thought of ahead of time by LinkedIn.

Good instructions, however.  I like the part at the end

"Hopefully, the folks at LinkedIn will take care of this in short order, along with some of the other minor issues that would make for an even greater experience."

The glaringly obvious free-market reply, which seems to be eluding the folks at LinkedIn, is: "They had better, before someone else comes along and eats their lunch for them."

# March 17, 2008 1:24 PM

Logik! said:

You're welcome, Phil, and I completely agree with your conclusion.  

# March 20, 2008 10:14 PM

Susan said:

I find it absurd that I have to contact my 117 contacts from my original account (that I no longer can get into) because I was invited by someone and used my email address and password - mistakenly creating a new account.  I feel linked in should resolve this flaw immediately.

# April 1, 2008 3:53 PM

Logik! said:

Susan,

Actually, your situation is simpler than that.  You have two accounts now, and all you need to do is log back into the other (original) one, and get the one or two new contacts who have been invited to your new account to reconnect to the old one.

# April 3, 2008 7:18 AM

LnddMiles said:

Great post! I’ll subscribe right now wth my feedreader software!

# July 22, 2009 3:43 PM
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About Logik!

Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

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