Exporting Meta Data from LinkedIn

April 13th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

A JibberJobber user asked me about importing “notes” and other information I enter about my contacts so they could import them into JibberJobber.  I didn’t think they were exporting that data, but wanted to see what really was being exported.  Here are all the fields that are exported (Contacts, Export Contacts, and save as CSV)… bold green are the fields that actually has information they export:

  • Title – blank
  • First Name
  • Middle Name – blank
  • Last Name
  • Suffix – blank
  • E-mail Address
  • E-mail 2 Address – blank
  • E-mail 3 Address – blank
  • Business Street – blank
  • Business Street 2 – blank
  • Business Street 3 – blank
  • Business City – blank
  • Business State – blank
  • Business Postal Code – blank
  • Business Country – blank
  • Home Street – blank
  • Home Street 2 – blank
  • Home Street 3 – blank
  • Home City – blank
  • Home State – blank
  • Home Postal Code – blank
  • Home Country – blank
  • Other Street – blank
  • Other Street 2 – blank
  • Other Street 3 – blank
  • Other City – blank
  • Other State – blank
  • Other Postal Code – blank
  • Other Country -blank
  • Company
  • Department -blank
  • Job Title
  • Assistant’s Phone – blank
  • Business Fax – blank
  • Business Phone – blank
  • Business Phone 2 – blank
  • Callback – blank
  • Car Phone – blank
  • Company Main Phone – blank
  • Home Fax – blank
  • Home Phone – blank
  • Home Phone 2 -blank
  • ISDN – blank
  • Mobile Phone -blank
  • Other Fax – blank
  • Other Phone – blank
  • Pager – blank
  • Primary Phone – blank
  • Radio Phone – blank
  • TTY/TDD Phone – blank
  • Telex – blank
  • Assistant’s Name – blank
  • Birthday – blank
  • Manager’s Name – blank
  • Notes – blank
  • Other Address PO Box – blank
  • Spouse – blank
  • Web Page – blank
  • Personal Web Page – blank

To see if they were exporting the meta data I went into a record and put in “Notes” and “Spouse” name… when I did the export that information WAS NOT exported.

So I guess there are really only four fields that are important in the export… I wonder if I’m seeing something different than others see?

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  1. 9 Responses to “Exporting Meta Data from LinkedIn”

  2. By Walter Feigenson on Apr 13, 2009 | Reply

    Shame on you LinkedIn. This is not only unacceptable, it’s dumb.

  3. By Thomas E. Kenny on Apr 13, 2009 | Reply

    I agree LinkedIn should export much more.
    The only thing I found on my export that you had listed as blank was “E-mail Address”. Thus I have only 5 columns in the Outlook CSV export file from LinkedIn with any data.

  4. By Jason Alba on Apr 13, 2009 | Reply

    Tom, of course you are right!! I must have been daydreaming when I did that… this is one of the most impt fields to export :)

    I just fixed it in the post :)

  5. By Greg on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    Are there any apps or tools that will enable me to export data from searches on linked in?

  6. By Jason Alba on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    @Greg, not that I know of (yet). Now that they’ve opened up the APIs that might change, however they are very sensitive to what is called “storable data” (google it).

    I see you work for a CRM company so we are probably up against the same challenge…

  7. By Greg on Feb 2, 2010 | Reply

    We would pay money to Linked In if they would let us import data that we export from Linked in – into our CRM. I have tried to get someone on the phone at Linked In and it is a challenge to say tyhe least. Only email with them and no phonme # to call. very strange!

  8. By Jason Alba on Feb 2, 2010 | Reply

    @Greg, that’s because they own the platform and the data, and understand that is a significant competitive advantage they don’t want to give up.

    Unfortunately they don’t care if individual users want to export data – that is even against the rules for each user. It’s not about the user at that point.

    Good luck getting someone on the phone.

  9. By gyani richards on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Does anyone know of a data capture or export tool that allows one to export individual contact records (not Connections) to Excel, ACT, or a CRM system? eGrabber wants $500.00 for this tool which is WAY too much!
    Thanks in advance.

  10. By Jason Alba on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    @Gyani – let me caution you about using something that is not approved by LinkedIn, and possibly against the ToS. This could get your LI account suspended…

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