Your professional world. Visualized.

::FAQs::

How can I get my InMap?

It's easy, go to http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com, log in with your LinkedIn credentials, and follow the steps.
Keep checking back to see how your InMap changes over time as you add more connections.

What does my InMap represent?

Your InMap is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe, based on the relationships between your connections.

We use information about how people in your network are connected to you and each other to create your personalized map. Groups like colleagues, people you went at school with, or friends are separated into color-coded clusters, as people within these groups are also interconnected with each other.

With your InMap, you can visually understand how to better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, or gather insights.

How can I get the most out of my map?

Label your professional networks

Each color represents a group or cluster. Fill out your map legend with labels for each one. The labels appear when you share your map with others.

Share

It’s very easy to share your map with your friends and colleagues. Click on the ‘Share’ button on the top left to get a preview of how others will see your map, name and professional headline. This page can be seen by anyone. Use the LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook buttons to share the link or just copy the URL.

For privacy reasons, the names of your connections are not shown when you share. However, the labels you create are visible to everyone.

Zoom to read all the names

Use your mouse-wheel or the + and – buttons to zoom in your map. An individual's name only appears when you zoom. You can also mouse over nodes to reveal names and headlines.

Click to highlight a connection

When you click on a node, it loads the individual's information on the right panel and highlights their connection on the map. To remove the highlight, click again on this person or anywhere on the map.

I have a really big LinkedIn network. Why am I having problems creating an InMap?

Creating an InMap requires a lot of heavy behind-the-scenes computation. At the moment, when someone has lots and lots of connections, the process can take too long to successfully produce a map. We're working hard to optimize the tool so all of our well-connected members can get their InMaps. Stay tuned!

How often are InMaps updated?

We update InMaps every week on Sunday. There may be a little delay before your new connections appear on the map.

We're working on reducing this delay so you can see how your network changes even more quickly - stay tuned!

Update: Since we wanted to address a few bugs and given the complexity of the network and the infrastructure, it took us a bit longer to update the maps. The last update was this past Sunday.

What do the different colors means? Can I change them?

We assign colors based on how all of the people in your network -- such as people you went to school with, friends or colleagues -- are interconnected. Our algorithm looks at your graph of connections and finds up to eight common groups. The more dense your network is (plus, the more of your connections who are also connected to each other), the better the algorithm is able to differentiate. We don’t use any other information like groups, companies or shares to group people by color - we just look at your network structure.

There is currently no way to edit the colors on your map. If you want different colors, try adding some connections on LinkedIn -- and suggest that others in your network do the same. In some cases, there are more than eight clusters and several groups can appear in the same colors. We're working on improving this!

How can I print a high-resolution image?

Sorry! You can’t print a high-resolution poster at the moment, but we’re looking forward adding this feature - stay tuned!

I am color blind or I have problems distinguishing colors for labeling

There is a small trick you can use. Click on a node and look at the label boxes on the bottom left. The current node color is highlighted.

I have technical difficulties using InMaps

I've added 50 connections but my InMap is not ready

Due to the heavy computation required to create the InMaps, we're updating the application weekly. If you reached 50 connections very recently, and we didn’t refresh yet, you'll get a message saying that your map isn't ready yet. Check back next week - your map will be there!

We're working to reduce this delay.

The map isn't loading.

We may encounter temporary throttling on the service, please try again later. If your map still isn't working, please click the ‘Submit Feedback’ link on the top left and let us know. We'll fix the problem.

The map exploration is slow, or I get errors while using it.

To get the best performance and features, use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

The network images can be very large, so the performance can be affected if you’re running on a slow Internet connection. In general, for large networks, the performance will be slower, but we’re working on improving the service.

What technologies are used to make InMaps?

InMaps uses Hadoop/Pig , Ruby , Voldemort, Java and Processing for the heavy backend maps calculation and image processing.

The exploration widget is powered by Javascript and open-source libraries Seadragon and RaphaelJS. It is compatible with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE7+. Moreover, a custom version exists for smooth exploration on iPad and iPhone.

Algorithms and map design were inspired by Gephi, open-source network visualization platform. But have been built in-house.

What's coming next?

Among many possible improvements, we are looking at adding search and enhanced exploration features.

We'd love your feedback! Please send your ideas to inmaps-bugs@linkedin.com

Where can I find more information?

InMaps is provided by the LinkedIn Analytics team. Please check out the official video, brought to you by DJ Patil, LinkedIn's chief scientist and published on our blog.

Checkout LinkedIn Labs. It’s filled of new and experimental products like InMaps and Resume Builder.