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5 Fabulous And FREE LinkedIn Apps

Andy Foote | Address Book, Apps, Travel
20 Feb 2013
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Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 11.33.50 AMDid you know that if you looked around for long enough on the web you’d eventually find fabulous mobile tools that will boost your LinkedIn productivity and prospects? Well now you don’t have to go looking – I’ve found 5 fabulous LinkedIn apps for you and they’re FREE. Read all about them here.

 

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HEREONBIZ

What it does: Location aware, professional networking app (IOS devices only).”We identify the most valuable professionals to you and alert you when they are near.” Sidesteps privacy concerns by only showing people in your approximate proximity who are directly connected or with similar industry/job title to the you. The 2 scrappy start-up Founders Allen Hartwig and Nick Smoot are signing up large organizations (American MENSA, Women In Technology, the Association for Corporate Growth LA) in an attempt to ramp up large scale use of the app. A lot of people need to be using it to be truly useful. I found 23 people near me when I tested it. Doesn’t sound like a lot but that’s 23 more than I knew about, prior to using this app. Enormous potential. Has a secure chat feature. This functionality should have been built into LinkedIn’s mobile app from the get go. It’s a no-brainer for anyone with a LinkedIn account wishing to network face to face. Try it.
Get it here: http://hereon.biz

 

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TRIPIT

What it does: Links your Tripit account with your LinkedIn account and then automatically shares your upcoming travel plans in your LinkedIn Update stream. Why is this is a good thing? By alerting your network to an impending visit to their neck of the woods, you increase engagement, opportunity and discovery.”The partnership with LinkedIn is a significant victory for TripIt, as this social network has been the most popular one for TripIt users to share their travel plans since the MyTravel LinkedIn app was launched in 2008. According to the statistics shared by TripIt, 53% of its users visit LinkedIn at least once a week.” There are IOS, Android, Blackberry & Windows 7 mobile versions. If you travel and you’re on LinkedIn, you should be using this.
Get it here: https://www.tripit.com

 

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CARDMUNCH

What it does: Scans business cards using your iPhone’s camera (Android version apparently in the works), recognizes that person and syncs with their LinkedIn Profile. Very clever. Not only do you get a digital copy of that person’s card, you also get their LinkedIn profile, the option to connect, see their connections and an indication of who you have in common. You can share that electronic version of the card with whoever you like and email your new contact directly from the app. Time saver.
Get it here: http://www.cardmunch.com

 

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COBOOK

What it does: Unified address book for IOS devices (and Macs) which currently does not officially support LinkedIn integration (something to do with the LinkedIn API and ‘low quotas’) but there’s a workaround – just shake your device in Settings mode and your LinkedIn contacts will appear, like magic. You need to give the app access to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts for it to do its thing. Intelligent aggregator of contacts.
Get it here: http://www.cobookapp.com

 

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SMARTR

What it does: Another unified address book which scans Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo!, Outlook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook (but not Hotmail) for the entire social footprint of your contacts. 3 main tabs: ‘Profile’ ‘History’ and ‘Common’. History is a neat view – it shows you the frequency with which you’ve interacted via email. Common shows those folks you have, in common. Works with Gmail, Outlook, Android & iPhone. Intelligent aggregator with history.
Get it here: https://www.xobni.com

 

I also came across an app that would suit the adventurous lunch crowd. LunchMeet  basically broadcasts your willingness to “do lunch” to other LinkedIn users with the same app. It didn’t make the cut because for reasons unclear to me, its only available on the Canadian iTunes store. Are you using apps that help you get more out of LinkedIn? Please tell me about them via the comment section or email me directly linkedinsights@gmail.com.

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That’s all from me this week. As always – thanks very much for stopping by and reading. If you found this article thought-provoking, interesting or dare I say, useful. Please go ahead and share it with someone using that sliding share thingy on the left.

 

Warm regards from Chicago.
Andy

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37 Comments

  1. Hey Andy,

    Great roundup. I’ll have to give Cardmunch a try. Looks interesting!

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    Excellent apps. Sadly NONE of them are available for the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s tough being a trendsetter :)

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    Unfortunately CardMunch is iOS only :-(

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  12. Monique says:

    Hi Andy,

    I appreciate the detailed information that you pass on to us in your blog. Because I have an android I’ll have to wait before I can use the apps.

    On another note I’d like to know how I might share your articles on my LI Profile. I’ve increased my traffic and would love to keep my colleagues informed.

    Thanks for the multiple insights,
    Monique

    • Andy Foote says:

      Hey Monique, you can add any of my posts by simply grabbing the url of the article you like (for example: http://www.linkedinsights.com/3-stunningly-good-linkedin-profile-summaries/) and adding it direct to your profile, Profile > Edit then look for the pencil icon in your Summary section, then paste the url. Presto! You’ve added the article.

      • Monique says:

        Then it’s unfortunate for us that LinkedIn does not provide us with a section titled – Recommended Articles or a facsimile of such. I think there use to be a section for Suggested Books but that seems to have disappeared with the ‘new’ Profile. I will post your “Summaries” and “Endorsement” articles in my Summary as I found them both to be very helpful in improving my Profile information. Thanks Andy!

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