In the first hands-on review I’ve seen of the new LinkedIn Mobile, Jeff at Apple Briefs gives it less-than-stellar marks:
In fact, you can’t really do much of anything besides invite people. This makes sense to a certain degree given the medium – mobile phones with very slow data entry. It doesn’t really work, though, for a social networking site and turns the LinkedIn mobile website into a glorified address book. Unfortunately, the LinkedIn mobile website doesn’t fill that role very well because the mobile profiles are missing a lot of the information you will find on the regular site. A few egregious examples – vcards, email addresses, and website links are nowhere to be found.
The LinkedIn mobile website feels more like a technology demonstration than something “ready to go except for the testing.” Thankfully, there is a feedback button at the bottom of each page. If you’re adept at the iPhone keyboard, I suggest sending LinkedIn a note or two to remind them what social networking is all about.
And on the backhanded compliment side…
Navigation was straightforward and pages loaded quickly (a nice contrast with the regular site which has become quite slow).
Over on the official LinkedIn Blog, LinkedIn Service Center Director April Kelly gives an overview of LinkedIn’s privacy-related settings. People who use LinkedIn as a marketing / personal branding tool often forget that not everyone wants their full name, work history and photograph visible to the entire world.
While that question may immediately call to mind the answer, “Absolutely nothing,” that’s not the answer David Shamah has over at The Jerusalem Post:
LinkedIn is an excellent tool to enable you to focus your career goals, advertise them to others inside and outside your industry, and get you noticed on the Web. If you use it properly, it can help create a “buzz” about you, which probably will lead you to opportunities you would not have otherwise been exposed to.
The point of building a connection portfolio is to build a reputation among people who might know someone, somewhere, who can help you find information, potential customers – or even a new job. Used properly, the LinkedIn tools can help you build your reputation and enhance your professional standing.
Wei Luo really loves his LinkedIn… to the point it’s interfering with his chefly duties:
LI is a place I gain positive power everyday. I have enormous regret when one of my favorite Chinese dishes was overcooked for my family while I was on the LI.