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How to Send (Almost) Anyone on Linkedin a Message

22 December 2009 Posted by in category: Internet tools with Tags , ,

Linkedin logoSometimes, finding the right person on Linkedin is not enough. The reason is that only paying users with premium account can send messages to people outside their network (That is, if you are not already connected to someone, you can’t message him).

Now, if it happens to you often, probably the best solution is to pay to upgrade your account. But if you don’t think it will pay off, here is a little built-in hack that can help you overcome this limitation.

The solution

In short – to send almost anyone on linkedin a message, simply join a group he or she is a member of.


When you join a group on Linkedin, by default the members of the group can send you messages. Although you can turn this option off (see image below) people usually don’t tend to change default settings. Therefore, usually you will be able to send message to all the other members of the group.

Linkedin - Allow members of this group to send me messages

But how will I find what group he is on?

Simply scroll down to the end of the profile of the person you’re interested in. There, under ‘Groups and Associations’ there is a list of the groups this person is a member of.

And then what?

First, you need to submit a request to joint the group. Once you’ve been accepted, you will notice that the link ‘send inMail’ at the top of that person’s profile has changed to ‘send message’.

5 Responses to “How to Send (Almost) Anyone on Linkedin a Message”

  1. samwize 3 August 2011 at 9:41 am (PERMALINK)

    Does this still work? I tried but that contact still doesn’t let me message.

  2. Name 9 September 2011 at 8:30 am (PERMALINK)

    Same here… it does not work…. please help out with an alternative…

  3. cindy holybeei 21 February 2012 at 12:13 am (PERMALINK)

    Cindy, I wantto and can save lots of mony for your company

  4. RSieg 4 March 2012 at 3:03 am (PERMALINK)

    You said that usually you will be able to send message to all the other members of the group. But I find I’m limited to contacting only 500 people. Any recommendations on bypassing this limitation?