So it happened! LinkedIn finally made a move with their recent Linkedin Stealth Update against automation tools/extensions.
As of Thursday, 6th December 2018, Linkedin rolled out an update to a portion of their user base which contains an improved algorithm. The algorithm detects the use of LinkedIn Automation Tools like (LinkedHelper, DuxSoup, Meet Leonard).
LinkedIn has been in a constant battle to shut down these automation tools. It may not be Illegal, as of now, but it’s definitely against the TOS of LinkedIn discussed later in this article.
Hopefully, you didn’t see this…
“We think you may be using an automation tool. To help you guard against abuse we don’t permit the use of software tools that automate activity on LinkedIn
We showed you a warning previously about this and have now restricted your account.
Please try signing in again after this time.”
With a final warning:
“Engaging further in such activities may result in permanent restriction of your account.”
To avoid having your LinkedIn account restricted…
- Delete (not just turn off) LinkedHelper, Dux Soup and any other data-scraping chrome extensions now.
- Install this Chrome extension.
- Head back to Linkedin and click on the new squirrel icon (the Nefarious chrome extension)
- Look at what tools are listed and make sure those are off.
- Now, check out useorca.com, linkedhub.io, and hubsell.com and chat with Dan/Abram/Karan on their sites about their tools.
THE FULL LIST OF BANNED TOOLS (AS OF 12/8/18) IS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE ?
What are LinkedIn automation tools?
Majority of the people that are in the Business Development or in Recruitment, definitely have wanted for a way that can somehow help them automate with some of the dry or boring aspects of their LinkedIn activity.
- LinkedIn automation tools help you automate tedious tasks. As being the 3rd party tools it can be used for various aspects. Some of them include:
- Lead Generation for sending Automated Connection Requests to grow your network.
- Automated Bulk Messaging
- Visiting Profiles, adding tags, and much more…
How the Automation Tools have responded to this stealth update:
With the numbers of complaints we got from the users, we decided to reach out to some of the major automation companies to get their view of this update, and if it might affect the way users use their software without getting them into trouble.
They have a whopping number of over 60,000! Which clearly reflect how much people value using these tools. They responded back on this Stealth update, mentioned below. Visit their website here.
Another LinkedIn Automation tool was grateful enough to us for responding back as we shared this update with them. As they are confident it should not affect them.
As they explained that it is still possible to go undetected by LinkedIn when you’re using LinkedHub. Visit their website.
They responded back that although technically they are a Chrome Browser Extension but are not on Chrome Store, which makes them undetectable. Visit their website.
With over 40,000 user base. It’s one of the biggest when it comes to LinkedIn automation.
They are aware of this LinkedIn update. Their emails suggest that they have yet to run into any problems with LinkedIn. Visit their website to find out more.
This is good for some and bad for others
As LinkedIn Ai algorithm has definitely improved!
Previously, any excessive use or a sudden change in LinkedIn user’s behavior makes the user coming under the radar of the LinkedIn algorithm.
However, this is not the case now.
You might get banned if you get caught, multiple times:
Using third-party tools, for now, is not Illegal but it’s definitely against the TOS (Terms of Service) so be careful as the excessive or sudden change in your profile behavior might get you in trouble
LinkedIn has been in a constant battle against these automation tools and is always looking for ways to shut them down.
LinkedIn has mentioned exclusively here that:
Any member who uses tools for such purposes is in violation of the User Agreement. This means they risk having their accounts being restricted or shut down. They also risk the possibility that these tools may become non-operational without notice. In order to keep our members’ data safe, we’re constantly working to improve our technical measures and defenses against the operation of scraping, automation, and other tools that abuse LinkedIn’s platform.
Here’s a link to a page that describes what’s prohibited on the platform.
LinkedIn is looking for…
|auto Connect tools Lily|
|instant data Scraper|
|Leonard for Linkedin|
|Linkedin assistant Lily|
|LinkMatch for CatS|
|LinkMatch for Greenhouse|
|LinkMatch for PCrecruiter|
|LinkMatch for Pipedrive|
|LinkMatch for zoho CrM|
|LinkMatch for zoho recruit|
|Loxo Social import|
|Lusha (FireFox Extension)|
|Sales Lead Multiplier|
|Spider for Linkedin|