LinkedIn Goes Mobile

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2289894866_c6c84ea003 Well, the hot LinkedIn story today is the announcement of LinkedIn’s new mobile application. You can access it via your Blackberry, iPhone or other WAP-enabled device at http://m.LinkedIn.com.

LinkedIn has the full announcement over on their blog. There must be 100 tech news stories and blog posts around the web also covering it, but I didn’t find any that had anything to say that wasn’t already covered in the official announcement.

They did provide a couple of cool videos, though:

LinkedIn Mobile Overview

How to Access LinkedIn Mobile from Your Phone

As I said, most of the buzz around the media and the blogosphere is pretty much a rehash of the official announcement, but here are a couple of the snarkier comments I found amusing:

From Alec Saunders:

…I’m scratching my head over part of this announcement: a mobile version of LinkedIn… optimized for iPhone users. Perhaps I’m missing something, but I would have thought that a business networking tool would go mobile first on a business phone. Or perhaps the iPhone is the business phone of Silicon Valley.

Let me know when you’ve got something for my BlackBerry, guys.

It’ll work just fine from a BlackBerry or any other WAP-enabled device, by the way — it’s just prettier on the iPhone (like everything else).

From TecHaiku:

LinkedIn goes mobile.
Read resumes on the go.
Still not compelling.

Of course, I don’t agree with them. Well, OK — I do agree that reading resumes on a mobile device isn’t my cup of tea, but I did find it amusing and have added TecHaiku to my RSS reader.

So what do I think about LinkedIn Mobile? It’ll probably be years before I use it. I haven’t even figured out how sync up data between my mobile phone and my computer. I’m just not sold on current mobile technology for much more than voice communications.

But hey… if you’re into it, great! If you’re planning to use LinkedIn Mobile, let me know. How will you use it? Or if you’ve tried it already and want to share a quick review, I’d love to read it.

I also asked my Link to Your World business partner and coauthor of The Emergence of The Relationship Economy, Jay Deragon, to weigh in on the issue. Jay was founder and Chairman of XSVoice, a mobile audio content delivery service that worked with clients including NASCAR, Fox News, Disney and ESPN. He’s also an advisor to Wireless Factors, a network focused on “connecting and improving all the convergent factors” within the wireless space globally. I’ll be posting his comments shortly.

Image: LinkedIn Corporation

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