LinkedIn Launches TextIn



LinkedIn blog

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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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Facebook: How to Fan a Business via SMS

facebook text to fan

Facebook continues to promote and support businesses with their ease of finding and becoming a fan of your favorite business via your mobile device. Simply text Fan (business name) to 32665 (FBook) and you become a fan.  The business of course has to have secured their name ( for this to work so if you do not have your 25 fans, reach out to customers, friends, family, etc so you can have your business name secured.

As a business, you may want to consider adding this to your website and other advertising and marketing efforts.  As “search-on-the-go” continues to increase, businesses need to reach their customers in a manner that is most convenient to them.  Search is not limited to the stationary desktops, the portable but yet not always practical laptops anymore. Mobile devices have changed the way that people search and interact with their online community.

Armed with this information, will you promote  “Become a Fan via SMS”  with your marketing efforts?

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