Who are your LinkedIn Minions?

Who are your LinkedIn Minions?

Who are your groupies, devotees, supporters, admirers, advocates, backers, enthusiasts, or zealots on LinkedIn? They are your #fangirls #fanboys or followers. Maybe they are thought of as your minions, as long as you are thinking of a minion in a positive way!

When you are a first level connection, you automatically become a follower.

But … some people may not be connected to you, but may just follow you. They might like what you have written in articles or enjoy other relevant content you post, whether it’s a video, SlideShare deck, image, photo, text (up to 1300 characters in a post) or someone else’s content you might share with your commentary. When they do follow you, you will receive a notification.

Under “Your Dashboard” you will see a section called “Activity,” which has the actual number of your followers as well as “Manage Followers” (which is in blue) and hyperlinks you to another screen.

When you get to this screen, you can see people who follow you, indicated by a + Follow in blue. You might also see a ✔️ Following in gray, which means you are connected and follow each other.

If you want to follow someone who authors articles, you can follow these instructions from LinkedIn to follow them from either their article or from their profile.

You can also visit someone’s profile to unfollow them too. In addition, you can be connected to someone yet unfollow them so their content does not appear in your feed.

Sometimes when you post content, you get big surprises and get lots and lots of views, which is absolutely fantastic and that might create more followers!

You just never know what the LinkedIn algorithm will generate!



Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career development and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management.

Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn™ profiles, Lynne is writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn™ for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love, along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.