It may be a rainy day here in Silicon Valley, but a little sunshine has just poked through the iTunes App Store. Earlier this morning, the new LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 app went live.
On the heels of the opening of our LinkedIn platform, this new version represents the next step in our efforts to bring LinkedIn to whereever you work. Professionals are increasingly mobile, and we believe that mobile business applications are better when they are built over a platform of your reputation & relationships. This app has been redesigned and rebuilt from scratch to help you keep your professional network in your hands, whenever and whereever you need them.
New User Experience
The minute you launch the new application, you’ll immediately see the difference. We’ve worked to bring the most common and important features to the top of the application, to make it easy to get what you need as quickly as possible. We wanted to make sure that even if you only have thirty seconds to spare, you can get something done.
LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0
The Power of Search
Never walk into a meeting unprepared. Whether it’s an interview, a client meeting, or a sales pitch, now you can go into any meeting knowing who you are going to meet with, and what you have in common. LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 includes a completely new search interface, making it trivial to easily find people whether they are in your connections list, or one of the 55 million professionals who now belong to LinkedIn. Whether you type in a name or keyword, LinkedIn will get you the information you need whether it’s five days or five minutes before your important meeting.
The new application has revamped the profiles screen to quickly provide you:
- A summary of details about the person
- A review of their education & experience
- A list of the people that you both know in common
- The ability to mark that person a favorite
The new Favorites functionality makes it incredibly easy to keep track of people, so you can find them later in seconds. In addition, all of the new Updates views let you filter your updates to see only updates from your favorite people.
LinkedIn for iPhone: Profile
Your Professional Updates
Professionals increasingly need instant access to news and updates from their professional network. This new application also features a redesign of our updates functionality, giving you up to date intelligence about your network. There are now four modules to help you quickly check your updates: All Updates, Status Updates, Profile Updates, and Discussions. You can even filter your updates to see only those from your favorite connections.
More importantly, these updates are now actionable. Based on heavy demand from our users, we have added the ability to read and submit comments on updates, right from the iPhone.
LinkedIn for iPhone: Updates
More Powerful Inbox & Addressbook Integration
The response to the recently launching Inbox on LinkedIn for iPhone v1.5 has been phenomenal. On average, our iPhone users are now checking their LinkedIn messages twice a day. v3.0 brings with it significant improvements to the Inbox, including an improved design, dashboard badging, and most importantly, support for sending invitations from a profile without the email address.
The Connections feature has been enhanced as well. Now your connections are just a touch away, and you can easily send any of them a message on LinkedIn. If your connection has a matching entry in your iPhone contacts, their phone numbers and email addresses will automatically show on their LinkedIn profile. You can now also choose to download your connections into your iPhone contacts, and the application will alert you when you have a new connection who has not yet been downloaded.
LinkedIn for iPhone: Invitations
Connect In Person
LinkedIn for iPhone has added a number of new features, but we expect many will want to try out In Person. Leveraging the new Bluetooth capabilities in iPhone 3.0, In Person allows you to find and connect with other people running the LinkedIn application in real time.
LinkedIn for iPhone: In Person
What are you waiting for?
There are too many features in the new application to detail them all here – the best way to get familiar with LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 is to download it now.
This application represents just the beginning of our mobile efforts in 2010. We’re just putting the finishing touches on our first native application for the Blackberry, and planning a long stretch of mobile products and enhancements in the year ahead.
If you are one of our LinkedIn for iPhone users, please join the conversation in the LinkedIn for iPhone group. We’re very excited to hear from you and hear suggestions for new features and improvements.