This one is a bit long for a post so I’ve made it into a succinct article: The Message Request Inbox is for messages sent from 2nd and 3rd-degree connections as a new organisational feature.
How to view your ‘Message Request Inbox’
Go to Linkedin Messaging and click the ellipsis near the top of the inbox. Previously Group Conversation was the only option available. Now you’ll also see the menu item ‘Message Request Inbox.’
Once you click ‘Message Request Inbox’ you leave your normal inbox and are taken to a totally separate set of messages. Right now we’re only seeing this as empty. No InMail or Connection Requests that include custom messages are visible here yet. Below, you’ll see a description reading ‘Message requests are from people you’re not connected with and require your approval.’
How to view your ‘Declined Message Requests’
While in the Message Request Inbox, if you click the ellipsis menu again there’s another menu option titled ‘Declined Message Requests.”
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Using the filters: By default, when you’re looking at your inbox, you see all messages. But if you click the drop-down arrow next to the ‘All Messages’ heading, you can pick a specific category for the messages. Such as: All Messages, Archived, My Connections, Unread, InMail, Spam.
Archiving: After you have read your message, you can archive it for later viewing. But unlike other email systems, you can’t create your own folders in your inbox. Instead, you can simply archive a message into a general archive on LinkedIn. To view your archived messages, click the Archived link on the left side of your screen when looking at your inbox.
Others: Finally, you can also click the drop-down dots above the conversation to either delete, mark as unread, mute, add participants (to make a group chat), or report the message.
Aiming for Inbox Zero is an email management philosophy aimed at keeping the inbox empty – or almost empty, at all times. This is my philosophy and I’m OCD about it!
To achieve this:
- Archive a message if it requires no action on your behalf.
- Reply right then and there, if you can in 2-3 minutes or less. Then, archive it immediately.
- Set it as unread if the message requires some level of through or response to write out. This way, you can get back to it later (same day, or next week), and quickly see the full list of messages that require a reply.
Not all messages are equally important and your time is precious.