Networking on your iPhone

LinkedIn is an iPhone and iPod Touch front-end app for the popular, business-oriented social networking site.

LinkedIn is an iPhone and iPod Touch front-end app for the popular, business-oriented social-networking site. This app got off to a rocky start in early versions, but it's gotten much better in later iterations.

The interface will look instantly familiar to fans of other popular social-networking apps, with a home screen that gives you a search bar, an invite button, and a gird of buttons for All Updates, Status, Profiles, Discussions, Connections, Favorites, Inbox, Invitations, Recents, Reconnect, In Person, and Themes. Most of these will be familiar to LinkedIn users, and innovative touches like Recents, Favorites (for profiles you want to access often), and In Person add usefulness beyond what you'll find on the LinkedIn site. The In Person feature even lets you share contact information with other nearby LinkedIn users via Bluetooth.

With all its improvements, the LinkedIn app is finally easier to use than the mobile version of the LinkedIn site--and for certain tasks, even better than using LinkedIn on your Mac through a browser. This free app is a solid, worthwhile download for any frequent LinkedIn user.

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