1. Contacts Are Drawn From Business Sources.
LinkedIn Contacts pulls in data from business-oriented sources such as Microsoft Outlook, including address books, email accounts and calendars.
2. It's Available As A Mobile App.
LinkedIn Contacts is available both from LinkedIn.com and as an iPhone app, letting you use the new contacts management system on the go.
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3. Valuable History Info Provides Context.
Once all of your contacts are integrated, you can see details of past conversations and meetings directly from your contact's profile. You will also see things such as birthdays, new jobs and title changes. You can set reminders and make notes, making it easy to, for example, see at a glance what has gone down in the past between you and that person you have a meeting with this afternoon.
4. LinkedIn Might Soak Up More Of Your Time.
All of this will likely increase the amount of time you spend on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has made several changes recently that have added more Facebook- and Twitter-like functionality to the platform, but LinkedIn still is a site users typically check periodically rather than live on during the course of the day. LinkedIn Contacts has the potential to make the network more social and less stodgy.
5. Service Is Invitation Only.
The new contacts features are invitation only right now. Get on the waitlist.
Does LinkedIn Contacts sound like something that will increase the time you spend on LinkedIn? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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