LinkedIn Messaging: What Do Those Green Circles Mean?

March 25, 2021
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LinkedIn Messaging: What Do Those Green Circles Mean?

LinkedIn is a business and employment online service. This operates through websites and mobile apps. It was launched in 2003. It is mainly used by professionals for networking. Users can invite anyone (even if they are not members) to become a connection. You can use it for personal branding if you are searching for a job, advertising and for-pay research, publishing platforms, and much more. Job seekers post their CVs on it and employers post their jobs. Since 2016, it has become a subsidiary of Microsoft.

LinkedIn Messaging allows you to communicate with other users. You can send LinkedIn messages to your first-degree connections only for free. In case you both are not connected, you can send them an email. It gives you an option to leave a conversation or you can even mute a conversation to stop receiving notification for a new message on the thread. If the message you received is inappropriate or offensive, you can report the message as spam.

The green circles in messaging have claimed a universal ‘online’ status on various social platforms but LinkedIn’s green circle has another meaning. There are so many users who do not understand the meaning of the hollow green circle. This article is a quick tip to clear all your doubts and to provide you with insight on how you can get in touch with a connection if you wish to get a quick response.

In LinkedIn’s inbox, you will see two different colors of green circles. These will appear next to the name of your connection. The first one is a solid green circle which you will see next to a connection’s picture. The solid green circle is a sign that your connection is active on LinkedIn right now. They will get an instant notification that you sent them a message.

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The second green circle is a hollow green circle or a circle with a white dot in it. You will see this inside your messaging inbox. No matter what you think about it, the meaning of this green circle is your connection is not active online right now but they have turned on their push notification for LinkedIn. In that case, they will receive a notification whenever you send a LinkedIn message to them.

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If you do not see any of these circles next to your connection’s name, it means the user is not active on LinkedIn and they have not turned on their push notification. As a result, they will take a long time to respond to your message if we compare it to the ones with a solid or hollow green circle.

Your messaging can be accessed in a pop-up window at the bottom right corner of any page on LinkedIn like your homepage, “My Network” page, and the “Notification” page. You will see the solid or hollow green dot will be shown in the same place when you see it on your extended messaging page. This separate window is far more suitable for the instant message approach and for accessibility.

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