LinkedIn launches mobile service

LinkedIn, the professional networking website, has launched a mobile version of its service, with support for iPhones, BlackBerrys and other PDAs.

LinkedIn launches mobile service

The new service will work with any web-enabled mobile phone as it uses a standard WAP interface, though a specially optimised version is being developed for the iPhone.

LinkedIn is launching a beta version of the software which users can access through the website. The mobile service allows users to search profiles, research mutual contacts and invite others to join the network.

According to LinkedIn, the move into the mobile space was born of a need to be more useful to professionals who spend a large proportion of their time on the road, rather than an attempt to catch up with the mobile plans of social networking sites such as Facebook or Bebo.

The company also plans to allow members to contact each other from the mobile service, using click to call and possibly text messaging. Future releases of the LinkedIn mobile platform could also include voice commands.

“We expect more and more initial requests [to join a network] to come from mobile phones,” says Patrick Crane, worldwide vice president for marketing at LinkedIn.

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