LinkedIn’s new features!

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Linkedin like all social media networks has been competing to roll out new changes to attract more users, and provide extra widgets to there users to help them increase their network and client base!  Lately LinkedIn has become heavily involved in this race by launching new integrations like the:

Twitter integration: Lets you take advantage of all the significant traffic you already have on twitter

Microsoft Outlook: Offers you a better way to connect with your current LI contact and also help grow your network.

Back in December LinkedIn rolled out new look to the members’ homepage, added the capability of adding tags to the contacts, launched the LinkedIn iPhone application, and few weeks ago launched the Blackberries LinkedIn application:

http://www.blog.linkedin.com/2010/03/29/linkedinblackberry/

And only yesterday, LinkedIn rolled out the following major link-sharing features that will revolutionize the way members use LinkedIn:

1- Image and article excerpt as seen on Facebook sharing feature, that will help with increasing traffic through clickthroughs

2- You are in control of your posts where you can edit, change or delete them for status updates as many complained about the inability to spell check their updates before posting them

3- You have total control on who can see or can’t see what you are sharing which was another major concern for members before, where you either hide all updates to everyone or showed them to everyone

4- Re-share the links/ blogs/ posts/ updates similar to the Re-tweet on twitter which will help your posts go viral at the click of a button, creating new traffic and building links.  You can also give credit to the person that shared any article with you by attributing it to them

5- Shared items will further optimize the profiles by increasing SEO as it will create fresh content for the search engines, especially with the re-sharing feature that also improves the off-site sharing experience

6- A link shortening application within LinkedIn: Inkd.in to help with its Twitter interaction, still to see if traffic can be tracked on that application and sources of traffic can be detected like on bit.ly

Additionally, LinkedIn is also repositioning itself as a leader in the professional social networking world by offering another hub for sharing articles, news and informations with whoever you choose from your business contacts and it is well deserved.

Furthermore, LinkedIn is expected to add new features that will bring more clarity to the new members on how to import their contacts instead of sending an invite to all their address book contacts by default.  This feature will also clarify how to avoid creating duplicate profiles which both remain the biggest challenges facing new members.

I am an avid user of LinkedIn, I use it daily and I am very excited about the new improvements added and looking for more exciting news to share with you.

Cheers,

Sahar Andrade

www.saharconsulting.com

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Sahar Andrade

Sahar Andrade is a Marketing and Business Development expert, experienced with Fortune 500 companies, Sahar directs international campaigns. As a Social Media Certified Specialist, Sahar offers real world business experience with a straight-talk approach to solving problems covering: Cultural diversity management and awareness, and its effect on the Corporations, ROI and their marketing planning Leadership, business skills, and self development Motivation. Sahar collaborates with cultures in domestic international markets. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, and raised in Algeria and the Gulf Region, Sahar Andrade grew up appreciating and learning diverse cultures and traditions. She arrived in the US in September of 1986, with just one suitcase in hand. While in college, Sahar began to climb the “corporate ladder” as a Reservations agent. Today, Sahar is the founder of “Sahar Consulting”, Sr. VP Projects' Management and member of the Board of Directors for the International Green Summit, as well as being the Co-Founder of “Children’s Choice” a charity nonprofit organization. Living and working with different people & cultures as well as years working for International Airlines traveling all over the world left a great impact on Sahar, and help her deliver quality information on "international business etiquette" worldwide, hoping to give a few insights into how culture impacts on international business, and how is business communication impacted on by culture and how should employees and businesses interact globally to achieve success. Sahar has delivered presentations and speeches in the Middle East, Europe and the United States to corporations and educational institutions on topics such as “Effect of Cultural diversity on Business Etiquettes”, “Social Marketing”, “Cultural Awareness in the workplace”, and “Effect of Cross-Cultures on Marketing. She is also a featured columnist at "Eco-Chamber" website, as well as being a contributor at "the bloggers Bulletin: Blog Zone". http://www.ecochamber.com/category/columnists/sahar-andrade-columnists/ http://www.thebloggersbulletin.org/saharandrade Sahar gave presentations at the City of West Hollywood 3rd Annual Women Leadership Conference March of 2009, where she presented a "Motivational Workshop": MotivateU. Additionally she spoke at the "Entrepreneurs' Seminar" on the benefits of Inbound Marketing, presented a seminar about self branding to NOW Hollywood and NCJW, as well as presenting 2 other seminars to LAAMA about social media & Twitter. She was also a guest on BlogTalkRadio presenting “How Cultural Diversity affects Marketing” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LaunchNotes/2009/08/26/Sahar-Andrade-Sahar-Consulting Sahar’s credentials include BS in Psychiatry from the Cairo University of Medicine, Certification from Cema as a certified E-marketeer, an IM certificate as an Inbound Marketing certified specialist, and is a certified Diversity trainer. Email: sahar@saharconsulting.com www.saharconsulting.com 

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  2 comments for “LinkedIn’s new features!

  1. April 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I’m especially glad that LinkedIn is adding more functionality. One issue is that if you have a WordPress blog you may be duplicating posts to other social media sites if you use the LinkedIn feature. Ping.fm enables you to post to the social media sites of your choice as soon as you hit the “publish” button. Of course, it will be great to distribute other updates specific to your LinkedIn home page.

  2. April 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Thank you Jeanette and that is a great point to consider when publising posts and using LI features

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