Lydia Dreyer, Product Manager
As a social network for business contacts we offer a number of different ways for people to connect and interact with one another, the most direct method being a contact request. When you connect with someone you can view their profile, posts and links along with their contacts who you can then reach out to and expand your own network…
Sending contact requests isn’t always the best way to meet people as some members choose to only connect with people they’ve met in person. XING of course has a solution for this as users can select which of their profile details can be viewed by each individual member. On top of that, users can add notes and even bookmark contacts. We’ve now taken this a step further as today’s release includes the option to follow people on XING you find interesting without having to actually connect with them.
How to follow other members on XING
Contact requests are a reciprocal process, i.e. both members have to provide their consent. The follow feature, on the other hand, is a one-sided process as you can follow someone you find interesting and read their posts, the links they share, etc. without actually having to connect with them.
If you’d like to allow people to follow your profile, all you need to do is activate the feature in XING Beta Labs. You can of course deactivate this feature at any time if you change your mind. To see who’s following you, just go to “My Network” in the navigation bar at the top followed by “My contacts” and then click on the “Following” tab. If you just want to follow people rather than allow people to follow your profile, you don’t need to activate the feature in Beta Labs. You can see who’s activated the follower feature by going to their profile and clicking on the corresponding icon on the right-hand side. (As with every Beta Labs feature, the follow function is still in development so please send us your feedback. We need to make sure we have sufficient engineering resources available to continue developing the feature, so we’re limiting access to 10,000 users for the time being.)
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