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How to Find Your LinkedIn Network Statistics


How large is your LinkedIn network? Do you know how big it really is, specifically your 2nd degree, 3rd degree and total network connections? I will detail how you can find your LinkedIn Network Statistics, as well as determine your true number of 2nd degree LinkedIn connections.


Do you *really* know the size of your LinkedIn network?

While everyone can easily find the number of their 1st degree connections and estimated total network size on their LinkedIn home page…


LinkedIn Connections 30,325


…LinkedIn has long since removed the “Network Statistics” feature that allowed you to see their estimate of your 2nd and 3rd degree networks.


LinkedIn Network Statistics No Longer Supported


If you recall, this is what it used to look like (I had to dig this image up from a few years back):


LinkedIn_Network_Statistics Glen 2011

LinkedIn Network Statistics Lives!

I know I can’t be the only one missing the ability to see LinkedIn network statistics broken down by first, second, and third degree.

That’s why I am so I am happy to share some good news – a coworker in the Netherlands recently shared with me that the network statistics link actually still works.


Granted, the figures listed for your second and third degree network are only estimates – here’s proof. More on that in a bit.

Unfortunately, if your network is quite large, the link might not actually work for you. Sadly, it doesn’t work for me – I get an unexpected error every time.


LinkedIn Unexpected Error


Just curious – would the error not ever be “unexpected?”

Of course, because LinkedIn no longer supports your network statistics, they can pull the plug on the link I’m sharing with you at any time.

Another Method for Determining Your Network Statistics: LinkedIn Search

If you’re like me and the LinkedIn Network Statistics link doesn’t work for you, there is another way to determine your 2nd degree network.

Simply enter a special, non-searchable character (I use an asterisk) in the first name field, select “Anywhere” as the location and hit search.

You can do this with a free LinkedIn account as well as with LinkedIn Recruiter, although with Recruiter, you will get evidence that you are effectively searching the entire LinkedIn network, as evidenced by the 200M+ results. LinkedIn Recruiter:


LinkedIn 200 Million search results


If you are searching with a free account, you will get a much smaller number – not sure why:


LinkedIn total network search free account artificially low


Regardless of the type of LinkedIn account you’re using, go down and look at the relationship facet, and you can see the number of your “2nd Connections” and even your Group connections, although sadly, these are not Group-ONLY connections.


LinkedIn Recruiter 2nd degree connection count


Unlike the figures listed in your network statistics, which are only estimates (read further for proof), I believe the number of second degree connections that are shown in the search results above are actual numbers. Unfortunately, your 3rd degree connections are lumped in with “Everyone Else,” so we can’t use this method to divine the size of our 3rd degree networks.

LinkedIn Network Statistics Don’t Add Up

If you can’t use the LinkedIn Network Statistics link due to network size (or if LinkedIn kills the link), you can still use your first and second degree connection numbers from the LinkedIn search method shown above to roughly calculate your third degree network, or at least what LinkedIn might estimate to be the size of your 3rd degree network.

For example, LinkedIn claims my total network size is 30,995,402 professionals.


LinkedIn Connections total network estimate


If I take 30,995,402 and subtract my 10,842,992 2nd degree connections as well as my ~30,000 1st degree connections, I get about 20,122,410.

Here’s the issue – that seems artificially low, doesn’t it?

This takes me back to my original post about LinkedIn’s estimates for 3rd degree networks that references a very interesting exchange on getsatisfaction.com in which a LinkedIn rep mentions that the numbers shown in network statistics are estimates based on an algorithm and are “purely used for display purposes.”




That leads me to believe that the figure displayed as the number of professionals that LinkedIn claims my 1st degree network links me to (30,995,402+) is only an estimate, and I happen to think it’s much lower than the real number.

Even with significant network connection overlap, I don’t see how 10,800,000 2nd degree connections can yield a total network of only 31,000,000 people.

Am I missing something here?

Any math/statistics gurus out there  care to weigh in?

I really would like to hear from anyone who has insight into what a more realistic 2nd degree to 3rd degree ratio would be.

Bonus LinkedIn Network Content

While some of you no doubt know about LinkedIn’s InMaps, I am quite sure many people don’t. As such, I thought I would share that you can get a very cool visualization of your LinkedIn network by going here: http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/

Unless, of course, you have a large LinkedIn network, in which case, you will only see this:


LinkedIn InMaps Error for Large Networks FULL



How to View Full Profiles of Your 3rd Degree LinkedIn Network


Just a short while ago I posted a piece on how some people are no longer able to view full profiles of their 3rd degree LinkedIn connections when logged in and searching withing LinkedIn.

At the time of the article, I had not been affected, and I kept checking daily to see if and when I would be.

Alas, the time has come – I can no longer view full profiles of 3rd degree LinkedIn connections with my free account when I am searching within LinkedIn.

Well, I take that back.

Although I no longer enjoy automatically being treated to full profiles of 3rd degree connections while searching LinkedIn with my free account, here are 4 ways in which I can view a full profile of my 3rd degree connections:

#1 Use Google or Bing to search for the profile while not logged in

I can take the headline phrase or a unique combination of keywords from the 3rd degree profile I am trying to view and use Bing or Google to search for that phrase/term combo in another browser in which I am not logged into LinkedIn (or use Chrome incognito).

Here you can see Chrome on the left in which I am logged into LinkedIn, and IE on the right in which I am not logged into LinkedIn.



#2 Search for them by name

Even while still logged into LinkedIn, I can quickly X-ray for the person’s public profile, snag their full name, then search for them by name.

Because LinkedIn allows you to see full profiles of people you search for by name (they assume you know the person, otherwise why would you know their name? <unless you’re a sourcer>), you can see their full profile while logged in.



#3 Export to PDF

I can also view full profiles of 3rd degree LinkedIn connections if I click on the blue arrow below “See Expanded View” and select “Export to PDF.”



Once I open the PDF, I can see the full profile contained within.



Additionally, when I scroll to the last page of the PDF, I find a link with “Contact <first name> on LinkedIn.”



When I click on the link, I am taken to their profile on LinkedIn, which I can view in its entirety (note the content from the web profile below is the same as the PDF content above).



I tried using the same link format [http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=XXXXXXXX&authType=name&authToken=2Ol8&goback=] with different profile ID’s but that didn’t work for me.

Darn tokens.

#4 Share the profile

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve actually never written about the “Share” method in which you can send a profile to someone else and copy yourself to get a link to view the full profile.

While I know this is a popular method for many, it has never really been a viable method for me because my network is so large that when I try to type in a name or use the LinkedIn address book, the system either times out or I get tired of waiting for names to show up/load.

For the sake of this post I tried to be very patient and after a few attempts I was able to share a 3rd degree profile with someone, copy myself, and then view the full profile from the link in the message in my inbox.

However, it’s much faster and easier for me to simply use methods 1-3 above.

Of course, the LinkedIn team is likely already looking into closing these holes, but some of these methods have been published and in use for years, so you may be able to enjoy them for quite some time.

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