LinkedIn BlackBerry App Makes Mobile Device More Social

LinkedIn for BlackBerry is a new application from the popular career site designed to help users tap the service on the go. The company said the BlackBerry platform is "a top priority for the LinkedIn mobile team" and to expect regular enhancements and additions to the application throughout 2010.

Chad Whitney, product manager for mobile at LinkedIn, said the new offering is designed to help users "leverage the power of your professional network anywhere, anytime.

"Now you can walk into any interview, any customer engagement or client meeting with the ability to look up the details on over 60 million professionals worldwide, in real-time," said Whitney in a blog post announcing the application.

LinkedIn for BlackBerry OS

LinkedIn for BlackBerry features six tabbed modules that social media site said have all been designed from the ground up for Research In Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry, which, like other mobile devices, is constrained by a small screen size.

Specifically, the applications include Network Updates for viewing and sharing business and company information and updates. "Perfect for those spare moments between meetings," said Whitney.

A unified search is designed to deliver information on any of LinkedIn's users. A Connections module provides the latest profile information to anyone in your network and the ability to instantly send them a message.

Also, BlackBerry users can now access their LinkedIn Inbox integrated with the mobile device.

Like Facebook and other social media sites, LinkedIn users are frequently pinged with invitations to connect with other users. The mobile app lets users accept those invitations on the go. And lastly, an additional Reconnect module offers suggestions for new connections letting users build out their network on the BlackBerry as much as the standard Web apps allows.

Whitney notes that Contacts, Messages and Calendar are integrated natively on the BlackBerry. With Contacts, you can integrate LinkedIn connections with your BlackBerry address book and view and profile on the device. LinkedIn invitations appear in the user's BlackBerry address book just like any other e-mail. Calendar lets users view the LinkedIn profile of any attendee of a meeting on their BlackBerry calendar page.

LinkedIn's created a BlackBerry group for users interested in hearing about and discussing the latest developments.

David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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