Last week, LinkedIn announced Linkedin Contacts– a web service and iOS app designed to help LinkedIn users network better by syncing their connections with email, address book and content management apps, such as Evernote.
LinkedIn Contacts allows you bring all of these things together allowing you to network more effectively, and see the recent activity you’ve had with a person – meetings, notes, emails and even how you met. It also alerts you to birthdays and promotions giving you a chance to congratulate your contact. The useful shared connections feature also gives you a more in-depth picture of how your network is linked.
The technology comes from Connected, a company that LinkedIn acquired back in 2011 from Sachin Rekhi, who is now Product Lead for Contacts at LinkedIn. According to an article on The Next Web it will first be available on ‘limited release’ in the United States. You can sign up for the waiting list on the LinkedIn Contacts site.
This new technology will certainly strengthen LinkedIn’s credentials as a powerful professional social network, by allowing users to be more efficient and giving them the ability to personalise how they use the network. It is essentially a Social CRM tool as it allows you to build up rich data about your connections – you can add notes and tags visible to you only, to supplement the standard contact and interaction information.
LinkedIn contacts will be rolled out as a web service and iOS app, and will integrate with Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iPhone contacts. It will also synch with CardMunch (a LinkedIn product), Evernote and TripIt.