LinkedIn Launches TextIn



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Another hackday and yet another useful tool from LinkedIn. Sudeep Yegnashankaran, a software engineer on the LinkedIn Mobile team had his hackday and has launched TextIn. Mobile devices are not just for talking. They are our means of staying in contact with the outside world while we are away from the laptop or desktop. Their functionality continues to advance and these advancements have begged us to ask for more from our platforms. LinkedIn has given us a simple way to search and connect with new contacts all via text message.

LinkedIn TextIn

LinkedIn TextIn provides users the ability to search and also receive profile results all via a text message.  You get started by providing your number to LinkedIn and then authorizing and allowing access to the app. Once you authorize the app, you can via a text, search for someone on LinkedIn. The results will come as a text message back.

LinkedIn TextIn

Simply texting #search (name) with LinkedIn you can receive the information.

LinkedIn text

LinkedIn TextIn Commands

The LinkedIn TextIn is not just limited search. According to the LinkedIn blog, the following commands are also available via TextIn:

  • Invite: Invite someone to connect on LinkedIn
  • Search: Find anyone across LinkedIn’s 100M+ members
  • Profile: Lookup a LinkedIn profile
  • Update: Post an update to your LinkedIn connections

As someone  who texts very frequently and has mastered the texting while walking and even half asleep, this is a great new feature. It is very convenient as we can quickly text, receive the text back and then connect with someone without keeping our noses in our phones.

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LinkedIn Launches Interactive Email



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LinkedIn has collaborated with Microsoft to create interactive email. Imagine being able to review a profile within your email after you connect and not having to receive the email, then review the invite, and then finally not having to go over and find their profile? Sounds so incredibly inviting as the time spent in aforementioned steps is tedious. However, at the same time, each invite deserves at least a peek. Prior to the interactive email, we were given the option to accept or view the invite. Let’s face it, most times we either left it unopened or opened it and then headed on over to LinkedIn and accepted the invites, especially as an open networker. Many times, we never ever looked at the profile of the person, or we just glanced at it to see their title. Well, LinkedIn is making an attempt to change that with interactive email.

LinkedIn Interactive Email

LinkedIn has collaborated with Microsoft to create interactive email within Hotmail. Cheers or Jeers? Even with jeers, we have to hope that it will be expanded to other email platforms. The collaboration is a means of staying connected through Hotmail Active Views which once you invite someone to connect on LinkedIn (and your email is via Hotmail), you are provided with information about their network. This information is about who they are connected to as well as the companies they follow. You can connect with the companies or extend invites without ever leaving your email.


LinkedIn Interactive email

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Hotmail Interactive Views

Hotmail Ineracive Views is not just limited to LinkedIn. Microsoft is partnering with companies to embed JavaScript into the emails which is secured (so they say). It is very enticing and inviting to be able to interact within email and not be taken to a new page and then have to return to the email. It makes a lot of sense if it is really secure, if we use Hotmail regularly and if we receive emails from their new partners. A lot of qualifiers however it is a start. At this point, the interactivity is limited to a desktop or laptop, in other words not available via a mobile device.

For those that  use a domain named email account and still have a Hotmail that we use for the one or two people this is not as exciting however it is something that if it is embraced will be taken further. The technology is what is needed however the platform may not be the best.

What do you think?

LinkedIn Launches Student Job Portal



linkedin launches sutudent job portal

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LinkedIn has launched a student job portal to help students as well upcoming and recent grads find entry level jobs and internships at some highly reputable companies around the world. Recent grads as well as students are once again facing some grim times in the job market with no real relief on the horizon. LinkedIn has long been the business professionals platform and has matched thousands of potential employees with employers and small business owners with clients and now it is doing its part to help students and graduates.

LinkedIn Launches Student Job Portal

The student portal is not only limited to LinkedIn users as it is public. However, LinkedIn members will be afforded an opportunity to take advantage of many of the offerings of LinkedIn and the new portal.

1. Job Recommendations. The student job portal for members who have completed their profile including education, interests and while not discussed, I am sure that adding your skills will be beneficial, to receive job recommendations that LinkedIn has matched to your profile. For students to have recommendations sent to them via email while they are completing their studies for the semester is a relief and a time saver.

2. Connections. Connecting we know is incredibly powerful as we are asking for the connection and for students/impending grads being very clear what their intentions are. They are a student that is connecting to establish a network that will help them expand upon their studies and be provided with real work experience.

3. Company Research. LinkedIn company profiles are there to be researched. The new student portal for members is no different as they have partnered with some of the best companies in the world to provide new jobs to allow students to see if the company is a match for them but at the same time promote connections. Connections they can use later on.

4. Exposure. Students and grads from January and those that are graduating in May are seeking the connections and the exposure that LinkedIn can offer. This is almost an opportunity for companies and avid LinkedIn users to re-establish a presence on LinkedIn to help students connect and get placed.

How is the Student Portal Different?

The student portal is a portal that for web geeks is different as it has a bit of a different interface. This interface is targeted to the college student without losing the professionalism of LinkedIn.


LinkedIn Student Job Portal

The new portal is very different than what we are used to with LinkedIn but yet it is very creative which in seeking a job seekers need to be.

Is this new student job portal valuable or just a means of LinkedIn attracting new members? If so, is that a bad thing for companies?

LinkedIn Launches Company Search

linkedin launches company search

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LinkedIn has added another feature to further advance our connections with individuals and their co-workers with the new LinkedIn Company Search. You were always able to find a company by searching for their name however the company search takes it a step further and provided personalized results by indicating the connections within that company, other connections you share as well as new filters to aid in the search.

LinkedIn New Company Search

The new company search is a very useful tool for job seekers as well as those that are looking to connect with companies to grow their business. The company search does the hard work for you by showing who you are connected to, the level of the connection, how many employees of the company you are connected to and the big question, how many employees does the company have on LinkedIn. This is really a great guide to see how many people in the company are on LinkedIn and who you may have to reach out to in order to be connected with the decision makers.

The “how you are connected” feature is very insightful as it is not limited to the company itself. It shows all connections you both share. I like this as maybe we are not as close to someone at the company as we are to someone not associated with the company. We would be more apt and comfortable to ask the person we feel closer to for the introduction than we would the person at the company. This only increases connections whereas feeling uneasy or uncomfortable to ask for an intro probably will lead many to not ask for it by not knowing what to say.

I performed a search for Human Business Works as I knew I had a connection with 1 or 2 of the employees but not all. I searched their name directly as I knew it however the search as mentioned above has filters by which to search by to receive the desired results (more on that later). Human Business Works LinkedIn Company page

I can see who is in my network, our level of connection, our shared connections, our shared groups, the new hires that I may have to connect with and how many employees the company has to gauge how many I may need to connect with. Is it worth me connecting to Rob Hatch? As CEO of HBW, I may at some point need to reach out to him, so connecting with him would be beneficial.

To the right of this where the meat of this is at. This box contains a quick snapshot of the connections. Sure you can look to the results on left and since we do read left to right, it would make sense to start there but I like the box on the right. LinkedIn New Company Search

One of the features about this that I like is the way the connections to the company are listed taking out the guess work of how many I am connected to 1st, how many of the employees are in my network and also the ease of reviewing the company stats.

As previously mentioned, shared connections are not limited to the company as we can see below, Joe Sorge and I share connections outside of Human Business Works. This is extremely useful as I can pick any one of the 8 connections and ask for a intro. Joe and I happen to share some groups so I can invite him that way. You can find this by clicking the number, in this case 7, “Employees in your network” and the information is displayed. It is the same information that appears in the search results however the results only displays 5 employees so you have to click on the link at the bottom to display all the results. Not that big of a deal as either way you are clicking to see this displayed but if you are like me and scrolling down below the fold can be a hassle, you will like the box on the right.

Joe Sorge linkedin


LinkedIn Company Search Filters

The company search personalizes the results. Once you perform a search the results will appear by the number of connections within your network to that company as well as keywords. If you are unaware of the company name or are seeking all the companies in a city that use certain keywords, you can filter the search. You can even filter your search by companies who are hiring (providing they have disclosed that information on LinkedIn). The company search video below goes into greater detail. This is not just a great tool to find other companies but it shows how users will find your company.


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Did your company appear as a search result that you were targeting? Take the time to search for your company. I promise it is time well spent.