I’m glad to announce that LinkedIn for iPhone v3.3 has been approved and will be live in the app store shortly. The latest version of our iPhone app comes packed with goodies, most important of which is the ability to glean business intelligence from your trusted connections’ updates. Not only does the new version of the LinkedIn application offer an enhanced user experience, but it also allows you to stay up-to-date with what people are saying about your company, school or alma mater, as well as your favorite brands.
Simplified home screen and navigation
The newly designed Updates experience allowed us to simplify the home screen to 9 icons making it easier for you to find what you need as fast as you can. This works well whether you’re out and about trying to close a business deal or if you just want to pull up a LinkedIn profile of potential job hires before the interview.
A simpler, enhanced and more functional user experience
The Network Updates experience has been redesigned to both make it simpler to share business intelligence with your connections on LinkedIn and Twitter as well as to view their updates. We now include a rich share view on the iPhone where you see an image and a short snippet of what was shared. The Network Updates view now allows you to tab through updates in four frequencies: All updates, profile updates, connection updates, or your favorite connections’ updates.
A more share-friendly Updates section
Our users have told us the importance of being able to share relevant news updates with their colleagues and professional acquaintances while they are on the move. With this version, we’ve now added the option for you to view and contribute to the conversation with Likes or Comments.
You can share a new article from your iPhone or re-share an article from your connection by tapping on ‘Post to Updates’. If you have tethered your Twitter account on LinkedIn, you will also be able to cross post to your Twitter account at the same time.
Who’s connecting to whom?
We received a lot of feedback from our users that viewing Connection updates is an important part of your daily activity, so you’ll be pleased that we’ve added a Connection tab that shows who your connections have recently connected with. The toggle switch in Settings for Connection Updates is still available and toggles whether your Connection Updates shows up in the All tab or not.
Monitor conversations around your company or favorite brands
Most importantly, this new version incorporates LinkedIn’s Company Buzz experience into our iPhone app. We now allow you to stay up-to-date with what people are saying about your company, school, or Products on Company Buzz. The first time you use Buzz; it automatically creates saved searches for every company and school that is in your profile. Tapping through to a Saved Search shows you the most recent tweets about that search term.
Our mobile team has consistently made significant enhancements to our iPhone application and this year is no exception. Congratulations to our two summer interns, Steve Flory and Sean Beausoleil, for building this module! This module is actually the first of our modules that uses Apple’s Core Data architecture backed by SQLite storage, which also means a faster iPhone app for you.
The mobile team here at LinkedIn is growing and our aim is to continue to iterate rapidly and bring you new features and improved user experiences as fast as we can.
If you want to keep up with what we’re doing, and have a place to give us feedback and talk about your ideas for LinkedIn on the iPhone, please join our LinkedIn for iPhone group.