Please consider this week’s “safety” message: backup your profile and contacts today because I said so.
(And even if you have before, it’s probably been too long since then)
And here’s a bug alert – exporting contacts with Chrome appears to be broken…
Regular readers will know that I’ve encouraged everyone to do this for some time, and thankfully I don’t have to re-write an article telling you how to do so.
Just read “When Accidents Happen…”
It’s just as valid an article three years later!-)
I actually thought this post was going to go in another direction.
You see, when I get an idea for an article I tend to go throgh the steps myself – to make sure I’m giving you the best advice. So I saved my profile as a pdf – check, no problem.
But then trying to export the connections I hit a snag.
- Go to Connections tab – check
- Find and click the “Export connections” link – check
- Select Microsoft Outlook CSV format and click Export – check
- Enter the Captcha code and click Continue – check
- See the text “Your connections were successfully exported” – great
- See the text change to “You connections cannot be exported without captcha validation” – WHAT!?!
- Try again – putting the captcha in wrong – see “The text you entered does not match the characters in the security image. Please try again with this new image.” – Ok – so that’s what it does when it fails.
- Try again with the correct captcha code – see the “You connections” error…
And I was going to go into a bit of a rant about breaking the code to allow connections to be exported…
But I went to my firefox browser and repeated things – and the export worked just fine.
So, if you happen to try to export your connections with Chrome and it fails, just try again with a different browser. (I’d replicate with all of the common ones, but don’t see the need – I’ve found at least one that works…)
And LinkedIn: if you’re reading this, please fix it. And consider this bug report on me. You should be able to find it within the software repository by looking for the text string “You connections”. I just don’t think those two words belong together in any normal sentence so you’d want to fix that wherever it occurs… (Though it might make it into some odd novel where connections are beings: “Hey, you connections, just line up over there.”)
Let’s be careful out there
As summer rolls to an end be sure to take some time to backup your whole computing environment.
You know – because systems hardly ever let you know that they’re planning to fail the next day;-)
To your continued success,