New LinkedIn Contacts: Aims to Be Your individual Assistant

New LinkedIn Contacts

LinkedIn has announced it’s launching a brand new Linkedin Contacts that aims to create a “personal assistant” for users.

You could be thinking you have already got a Contacts section on your LinkedIn account – and you’d be right.  However, this goes well past what LinkedIn offers today under the “Contacts” tab.  The new LinkedIn Contacts will reside within LinkedIn and likewise as a standalone app for iPhone.

What’s new about it?  With the recent LinkedIn Contacts it is possible for you to to work out information not just about your LinkedIn connections, but in addition everybody to your address book, calendars and emails. You may have your whole professional contacts in a single place, in preference to scattered around among LinkedIn, email, and other places.

On the official LinkedIn blog, Engineer and Product Specialist Sachin Rekhi writes :

“LinkedIn Contacts brings together all of your address books, emails, and calendars, and keeps them modern in a single place. From these sources, we’ll automatically pull within the details of your past conversations and meetings, and convey these details directly onto your contact’s profile.”

You will also have the capacity to add notes (reminiscent of the way you first met the man),  set  reminders about your contacts, and be notified of birthdays, Rekhi writes.

You could also see your last communication with the man. You’ll have the capacity to sort your contacts in keeping with your newest interactions with them, upcoming meetings or other criteria.

A TechCrunch.com report  on the hot feature looks at compatibility with other websites and services. Users can collect and organize contact data from the ensuing:  Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar; Google Apps Mail, Contacts and Calendar; Yahoo! Mail, Contacts and Calendar; Outlook Mail, Contacts and Calendar; iPhone Address Book (via the LinkedIn Contacts app); LinkedIn’s CardMunch service; Evernote and TripIt.

Not only will LinkedIn Contacts collect information from all of those sources, however the information automatically updates when it changes at the underlying platform.

You will be unable to import your Twitter or Facebook contacts. LinkedIn currently plans to concentrate on professional contacts (not social ones).

TechCrunch also reports that LinkedIn Contacts is the primary major development out of its acquisition of  the contact management platform Connected in October 2011.   The recent LinkedIn Contacts has a waiting list for you to ask to be added to.  It will roll out in stages over the subsequent several months to LinkedIn’s 155 million monthly users.

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