LinkedIn Connected Review: Annoying Emails Become Pretty Cards

LinkedIn Connected Review: Annoying Emails Become Pretty Cards

LinkedIn, the professional social network, has recently launched a new app for iPhone – LinkedIn Connected. This app, which replaces the old LinkedIn Contacts app on iOS, is LinkedIn’s attempt at changing how you connect with professionals in your network. It is only available in a few countries including the US at the moment.

LinkedIn Connected essentially lets you view all your LinkedIn contacts, and syncs them to your phone’s address book. Inside the app, your contacts are displayed as cards that show LinkedIn profiles, location and your notes on that person. For instance, if you have an interview with a person, you can add a note like, “Remember to ask about her upcoming concert”, and then when you check their card before the meeting, you have all the information you need at hand.


We tried the app for a few days and here’s what we thought about it.

LinkedIn Connected does a great job in terms of design. It uses a card-based design, and each card has a picture of your contact, details of upcoming events (meetings, birthdays, work anniversaries, etc.) and a button for an action (congratulate, connect, etc.) below. You can sort through the day’s events by swiping sideways and tap any card to quickly check a person’s background. Since you can sync it to your phone’s calendar, you can see upcoming meetings in the app, and can send you reminders as well. It’s hard to justify using this as your primary calendar, as other apps serve that purpose much better.

LinkedIn Connected might appeal to those who do all their networking on LinkedIn, but if you haven’t updated your LinkedIn profile, then this feature might not be so useful. On our account, most of the updates we got were people joining a new company or someone’s birthday.

Swiping down from the top shows you three options – Keep in touch, Find a contact and Accounts and settings. The first option takes you back to LinkedIn Connected’s cards, while Find a contact does what the name suggests. Accounts and settings lets you configure which services (contacts, calendars, etc.) you want to sync with LinkedIn Connected, and is also where you can sign out.

If you go back to the cards, when you keep swiping to the right, you’ll soon reach the last of the day’s most important events. If you swipe to the right here, you’ll see contact suggestions, which is just an endless stream of people LinkedIn wants you to connect with. Getting back to your most important events from there is difficult – you’ll have to swipe back all the way. For an app that is so design-driven, not having an easy way to return to the first card is a big problem.


LinkedIn Connected is essentially a prettier, less annoying way to get notifications from the network, when compared to the several emails that it tends to send every day. If you use email for networking, then you might want to try LinkedIn-owned Rapportive, which is a Gmail extension that shows you background details about the person you are having conversations with.

(Also see: Seven Extensions That Make Gmail Better)

LinkedIn’s main app has a lot more features such as status updates, links to articles, news, photos, comments, etc. If you want to do away with all of that and only focus on connecting with other professionals, then LinkedIn Connected might be what you seek. If you’re looking for a killer contacts app though, then this doesn’t quite cut it


Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores
Accusing LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require Internet firms to store data on citizens within the nations borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores.

Recently, a Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“However, Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.
“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple removed the New York Times from its app store following a request from Chinese authorities claiming the app was in violation of regulations.

China is known for banning digital sites like Facebook and Google that it believes harm its national security or promote misinformation. The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese-language site has been blocked since 2014.

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LinkedIn Becomes Locked Out in Russia

LinkedIn Blocked in Russia

LinkedIn’s network just got a little smaller following a blocking order by a court that ruled that the social network had violated a law on data storage.

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor ordered ISP’s to block LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) after a Moscow court upheld an earlier ruling that LinkedIn breached Russian privacy laws.

Some ISP’s have already cut access to the site, which has more than six million members in Russia.

The legislation has triggered a whole lot of criticism from both inside and outside Russia. Some of the players are actually seeing the new rules as the beginning of an end of their digital business in Russia.

Russia on the other hand says that it only seeks to protect its citizen’s personal data. Many have however disputed this reasoning saying that Russia only wants an easier route to access that data for itself.

More over, the country has in recent days been accused of a number of high-profile hacking cases like the recent breach of the Democratic National Committee servers. Those investigations are still on going.

Why Was LinkedIn Blocked in Russia?

The legislation requiring all social networks to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers was introduced in 2014. However, it is the first time we are seeing the law being enforced against a US-based social network.

Could Russia’s move be an indication of the resurgence of national sovereignty in the digital sphere? Could it also be a warning for global businesses that tomorrow’s internet might be far more fragmented than yesterday’s?

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Better Business Bureau Reviews, LinkedIn Apps and More

It’s the end of another week. What are you missing that can make your business better? One thing may be that all-important news and information to help you grow your business in the future…and maybe make important decisions just around the corner.

No worries. The Small Business Trends editorial team is here to help. And we’ve whipped up this review of the week’s most important business stories just for you!

New Products & Services

Amazon introduces Sunday delivery. The new service is offered in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. It means those ordering packages on Friday will not have to wait until Monday to receive them. It’s also good news for affiliates and small merchants who work with Amazon.

Better Business Bureau unveils better reviews. The controversy stirred up by allegedly fake reviews on Yelp and other sites makes the new reviews big news. The BBB believes better verification is the answer.

New LinkedIn app shows you who’s emailing. Knowing who’s emailing you can help you sort important messages from spam. But it can also help you formulate the best response.

Smartphone News

LG to bring curved phone to US. The Flex G will be coming to the U.S. after all. This is after some uncertainty during the build up to it’s initial release. Will it be a fad or the shape of things to come?

Apple may introduce curved phones too. Apple’s plans are still vague rumor but reported widely in industry circles. If curved smartphones are more durable than the rest, as some suggest, they might be attractive to business users — depending upon the price.

Carriers make Apple more attractive. Boost and Virgin Mobile will knock $100 off Apple’s newest phones. However, members of our community now tell us finding at least one of these phones in stock may be a problem.

Nexus 5 part of a growing family. If you’re looking for a new smartphone for your business, Google has an option. But more importantly, this new Android phone is one of a growing number of mobile devices ready to serve a variety of needs.

Tablets for Business

New Amazon tablet gives Apple competition. Speaking of your company’s mobile options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 are now on the market. Reviewers give these devices big kudos and compare them to a major front runner.

Verizon Ellipsis may offer some surprises. Included among these are some features that may just help your business along. No, it’s not an iPad or Nexus. But take a look and see what you think.

Social Media

Bieber investing in social network. If you haven’t heard yet, teens are no longer paying attention to Facebook. Singer Justin Bieber is among those investing in what could be the next frontier for this audience.

Facebook starred reviews arrive. The world’s biggest social network is entering the review game. There are some limitations here and no guarantee it will work any better than any of the rest of them.

YouTube has new comments. And they look a lot like the one’s on Google’s social network Google Plus. That’s not an accident and Google is apparently hoping they’ll make YouTube more social.

Buffer attack leads to spamming problem. Getting unwanted spam in your social media feed is one thing. Inadvertently sending it out to your whole community is another. Here’s what happened.


FAA rules on mobile devices change. Say goodbye to unproductive time on your next flight. The rule changes may not roll out as fast as some might hope. But look for more freedom to use mobile tech in the near future.

The Obamacare issue you might not expect. Yes, businesses with 50 or more employees must provide them with healthcare or face penalties by 2015. But here’s another requirement you may not have thought about.


Entrepreneurs take us to outer space. The team at Flightline Films has created dramatic aerial cinematography for movies and TV. Now they record a 128,100 foot free fall from the upper stratosphere.

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