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 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.
Simply texting #search (name) with LinkedIn you can receive the information.
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.
photo credits: LinkedIn Blog