I was giving a training session to some lovely people from the insurance world today and they asked me how to change the background image on your LinkedIn profile?

According to LinkedIn, the image size you need is between 1000 X 425 and 4000 X 4000 and no larger than 4MB. Files can be jpg, png or gif.

It is better if you use a photograph rather than a graphic if you are not skilled in PhotoShop.

Remember to only use images where you have permission/hold the copyright.

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To change or remove a background image on a LinkedIn profile:

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Facebook other inboxAnother recent change to Facebook affects the Other Inbox which has now become a spam filter called Filtered Messages.

Most people are familiar with how to see that they have new private messages by clicking on the envelope in the blue navigation bar when it has a little red number next to it.

find facebook messagesBut many don't know that there is another inbox that contains what Facebook constitutes as spam - messages from people where there is no mutual connection. But how do you find those?

Click on your Messages tab on the left hand side of the Home page, you will now see these options - Recent, Message Requests and More

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facebook pages feedFirst of all you need to know that the Facebook Pages Feed has now moved to a position in the left hand sidebar of your personal profile's Home page. This shows all the business pages that you have liked as yourself.

If you feel as if you want to like, comment or share, you have the option to do this as yourself or as an page of which you are the admin. This is called Post Attribution.

Go to the bottom right hand corner of the update in question.

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Wow, it's two years since I last wrote about domain renewal scams! But there are still fraudsters jumping on the bandwagon in 2016 as evidenced by this email in my inbox today entitled lollipoplocal.info expiration.

If you have a website, then you will also have a domain name - it's the www.NameOfBusiness.co.uk bit. These are rented from registrars for a fee of around £10-15/year depending whether you have a dot com, dot co dot uk, etc, suffix. In this case, the email is referring to my domain lollipoplocal.info

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When domain registration is actually a domain renewal scam

It is of course bullshit. Read it carefully and you realise that they are asking you to renew your domain registration for lollipoplocal.info search engine optimization submission

What's that then?

Well, it's a scam. These guys Domain SEO Service Registration Corp are trying to trick you into paying them $64 for... a traffic generator software tool. They specifically state that they do not directly register or renew domain names. Their email is just cleverly disguised to catch the unwary to think that they might.

At first glance, it looks as if my domain is about to expire and I need to renew it with them pronto.

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Will they know if I disconnect or remove a connection on LinkedIn? When I first began on LinkedIn, I accepted some invitations from people that I did not know, who came from outside the UK.
Jo Curtis, Women In Business Networking Events in Essex

Another question from one of our social media courses. Yes, you can disconnect from or remove a connection on LinkedIn. So, if you've:

you can disconnect from them without them being alerted to the fact.

However, there are two ways to do this.

1. You go to their profile and click the drop down menu next to the big blue Send A Message button and hit the option for Remove Connection. However, by doing this, they will see in their Whose Viewed My Profile tab that you have visited their page. They may also notice that the level of connection has now changed from 1st to 2nd or 3rd. This is an obvious give-away that you have gone to their page and disconnected from them.

2. You use the Connections dashboard to remove the connection. It's a bit more convoluted but you don't actually visit their profile and trigger the notification that you have done so. Much more Ninja!

How to remove a connection on LinkedIn via the Connections dashboard

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