LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

Summary: Larry Dignan offers his view on the announcement that LinkedIn has added in a bundle of applications designed to enhance the platform. Larry is mildly dismissive, suggesting that:I wouldn’t call these applications exactly enterprise class, but could be useful in the corporate environment.

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Larry Dignan offers his view on the announcement that LinkedIn has added in a bundle of applications designed to enhance the platform. Larry is mildly dismissive, suggesting that:

I wouldn’t call these applications exactly enterprise class, but could be useful in the corporate environment.

If we're equating 'enterprise' to the 1,000 person up business then yes, Larry has a good point but if we're talking about the individual, looking to establish a personal business network then I disagree. Huddle for instance is a great application for the kind of crowdsourcing we're seeing in niche networks. Tripit is useful for connecting with those you may have in your network when on the road. From a regional viewpoint, I would have preferred to see Dopplr. But Wordpress.com inclusion just seems lame. What's wrong with Wordpress.org?

I'd like to think this will work but I'm not convinced. I installed some of the apps to my profile and found that there is no discovery process that automatically links to my profiles in other applications. OK - so maybe I need a touch of 'security' to ensure I'm linking to the right 'stuff.' And yes, there are the to be expected performance glitches that a couple of my colleagues have picked up.

But the real downside for me is that LinkedIn requires me to use it as a portal of sorts. That means another application I need keep open on the desktop and probably in its own window. The advantage is that I can aggregate other apps I might use into one place but in reality I don't believe I am going to do that.

I'd like to be proven wrong because LinkedIn is starting to mature into the kind of personal work-life tool that professionals will want to use. As Larry says:

The move (LinkedIn blog, statement, Techmeme) makes sense as LinkedIn can stick to its knitting, maintain its focus in what should be a boom time (lots of folks looking to network and find jobs on the cheap) and the social network can differentiate from the games and other time wasting apps found elsewhere.

Whether it catches the eye of the Gen-Y'ers I see flocking around Facebook is another matter. They don't seem to mind the chaos that Facebook has become. Speaking personally, I got out of there the moment I started getting 'poked.'

Topic: Networking

Dennis Howlett

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  • Oh great...

    When users are in huge corporate networks with paranoid administrators, these applications are the one reason they need to block the entire site... bye linkedin.com!
    sgtgary
  • RE: LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

    Good article. I'm always looking for good "networking site" for my business profile. I think you need to look at Facebook for a different angle. It tends to be a place to connect with friend present and from the past. It can, on occassion, allow you to have a business networking opportunity, but only once you've established a relationship first.

    Facebook for the most part is a muture version of myspace.

    Darryl Mundo
    dmundo
  • Usability FAIL (again and again)

    Dennis - I've been a strong LinkedIn user for several years now, and in general, it's my preferred platform for "business networking."

    All of the catchup they've been playing this last year, with serious funding, "select" application partners, etc., and STILL their new functionality is riddled with lack of attention to the details.

    Posted 6 screenshots yesterday of the ways that usability is severely lacking, in my humble opinion.

    See posts at http://www.BizTechTalk.com and more screenshots that I didn't choose to blog about on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dankeldsen/ - is it just me, or does it seem that slapping "beta" on everything has become FAR too lax in upholding the standards you'd expect, particularly from a well-funded and profitable laggard in the space?

    Best,
    Dan
    dankeldsen
  • RE: LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

    @Dennis --

    Thanks for the mention of the WordPress app.

    >But Wordpress.com inclusion just seems lame. What???s wrong >with Wordpress.org?

    As we stated in our announcement post this app is for both self-hosted WordPress.org blogs as well as WordPress.com.

    If you are having trouble adding your WordPress.org blog feel free to contact me directly and we can take a look.
    RaananAutomattic
  • RE: LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

    Thanks. I agree with the previous commentator.<a href="http://www.zenerx-review.org">Zenerx</a>
    rrrbert