Have you examined your spots and stripes on LinkedIn?

Have you examined your spots and stripes on LinkedIn?

What is your cattitude on LinkedIn?

With a little imagination, like a big cat, you can find spots and stripes on LinkedIn, though we’ll substitute “lines” for stripes. Your cattitude can be like spots on a leopard and stripes on a tiger. LinkedIn truly has spots and stripes so read below to learn more.


Have you ever noticed that you see a solid green spot (or circle) next to someone’s name on some LinkedIn profiles but not others? If you do see a solid green spot, that means the person is currently active on the platform and is reachable via messaging … unless they have disabled it or are not active.

A hollowed-out green spot (or circle) indicates that the person is not currently active on LinkedIn, but they will be notified when you send them a message because of the push notifications on mobile.

I have chosen to disable my green spot, so no one knows when I am on LinkedIn. Read here for more info.


Let’s consider stripes to be lines, specifically  lines that are created from a bar chart. By creating a poll on LinkedIn, you gather people’s opinions, and the results are visuals on a bar chart. Although this poll is closed, you can still comment on the post if you so choose.

So, how do you create a poll? Here are step-by-step instructions as well as a link to LinkedIn’s instructions:

  • Start a post from your home page
  • Click on Create a poll
  • Type your question limited to 140 characters and provide the options with a minimum of two and a maximum of four choices that are limited to 30 characters
  • Click +Add option
  • Select the duration of the poll for 1 or 3 days or 1 or 2 weeks
  • Click Done
  • Click the Edit pen if you need to edit
  • As an option, you can add more to the post in the What do you want to talk about? field
  • Click Post 


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6700 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

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