One of the key parts of your LifeLinker membership is building up your network of contacts – people you share information with. The larger your network, the more value you’ll get from your LifeLinker membership.
Because this is so important, we provide a number of different ways you can add people to your contact network. The three main ways are :
- Individually : Great if you just want to quickly add another person to your network, and you know their email address
- Bulk Import and Select : This is the way to import all your email addresses from various mail and contact programs, saving you all the typing hassle. Then simply pick and choose which ones you wish to make contacts and which ones to discard and ignore.
- Forward emails : This is an innovative way of adding contacts, simply forward emails from people you wish to add to firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com) and the system does the rest, automatically, for you.
If you know the email address of someone you wish to add as a contact, then from your dashboard, either click the Connections option at the top and then the “Import or Add Contacts” option, or click the Create Your Contacts button a bit further down the dashboard page. Both ways take you to the same place.
On the page that opens, you simply type the first name and email address of the person you wish to make a contact into the ‘Quickly Add Specific Friends’ box. Usually you’ll want to both send your updates and also receive their updates, so the ‘Ask to receive their updates as well’ box should be checked.
Before you know it, you’ve added this person to your network. How easy was that!
2. In Bulk
The previous method is quick and easy to add one or two email addresses at a time, and when you know the email addresses of the people you wish to add.
But in addition to that, it is highly recommended that you should do a bulk import of your ‘address books’ from your email program (such as Gmail, Yahoo, iOS/iCloud, Microsoft/Outlook, AOL) and from other social media services such as LinkedIn and Plaxo.
This process allows you to first import all the remembered addresses these services have stored, and then you can work through the list, deciding who you want to make contacts and which you can discard.
This is done on the same page as the previous option.
Go this time to the top box and click the ‘Import Your Address Books’ button.
This causes a new window to popup
And now simply choose the various services you have accounts with. You then need to log in to those services through another new window – don’t worry, we don’t see your account details and the service doesn’t store your login details either – and then a short while later the window will announce it is importing and then close.
Do this for as many services as you have. The more address books you import, the better our system understands which are likely to be relevant and important email addresses for you to add as contacts. You’ll probably be surprised at how many different addresses some of these services have stored and remembered!
It takes the system a while to process your address book imports, depending on how many addresses are coming in of course, and how many other address books it is simultaneously adding for other members too. You’ll hear a little noise and you’ll get a notification message, both as a popup on the screen and as a message you can access from the ‘message bell’ icon.
When all your address books have been imported, the fun really starts. You get to decide who you wish to add to your network of contacts.
Reload the page to update it with all your new imported addresses, and scroll down to the Step 2 box.
We’ve obviously blurred out the names and emails in this sample image.
You can either work through your contacts now, and there are two ways to do it.
You can check on the left alongside all the names on the page that you wish to do the same thing with, then click the ‘Bulk Options’ button at the top and decide which action you want to apply to all the checked names
or if you prefer, you can choose, address by address, what you want to do by clicking on the icons to the right of each entry. You have four choices – to send them your updates, to ask for their updates, to appoint them as one of your Agents, or to remove them from the list of unprocessed addresses and do nothing with them. We’ve highlighted the four options on the first line of the screen shot, below.
3. From Emails
We just asked – what could be easier than that? Well, we wouldn’t ask such a question if we didn’t have a good answer lined up, would we. There’s one more way to add people into your network of contacts, too. You don’t even need to log into LifeLinker to do it.
The system cleverly looks at the email, and can tell who you are based on the email address you sent the email from. It then looks at the email to see who sent the email to you. Nine times out of ten, it finds it; if it can’t work it out, it sends you an email asking you to help.
Assuming it can work out who it is that sent the email to you, it then simply adds them as a contact or Agent, and lets you know what it did for you (if an Agent request, for security purposes, the system sends you a note asking you to confirm your request).
How quick and easy is that!
Oh – don’t worry. The system doesn’t ‘read’ your emails and it definitely doesn’t store them. It just looks at the first few lines to work out who sent the email to you, then immediately deletes the email to keep your privacy secure. And if you really want to be cautious, when you forward emails to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (use capital letters or not, it works the same any which way) you can delete all the email apart from the bit at the top that says who sent it to you.