LinkedIn on Friday announced a new feature that members have been requesting for quite some time: the ability to block other members. It's a feature that will no doubt be incredibly useful, especially on a social network where many can be relentless in their pursuit of making a professional connection.

In a post on the matter, Paul Rockwell, LinkedIn's head of Trust & Safety, said they built the feature not only because it was requested but simply because it's the right thing to do. The feature is being made active as of today to all members, Rockwell noted.

To enable member blocking, simply head over to your LinkedIn profile and navigate to the profile of the person you wish to block. Select "Block or report" in the drop-down menu located next to the Connect and Send InMail buttons.

Pro tip - if you want to avoid an awkward moment, enable anonymous profile viewing before doing so. That way, you can visit and block the person's profile without them knowing about it.

Once blocked, neither you nor the person you blocked will be able to view each other's profile. In the event that you are already connected with said person, that connection will automatically be severed. What's more, you will no longer be able to communication with said person (not that you'd want to anyway) and all recommendations and endorsements will be removed.