LinkedIn is an invaluable social network for business. Just last week, I landed a new gig by simply congratulating a former client on his new position via LinkedIn.\n\nTo help facilitate such communication, LinkedIn released a new free iOS app, called Connected. The app\u2019s goals are to make it easy to stay in touch with your LinkedIn contacts, get a quick view of your past LinkedIn communications and learn more about people you\u2019re scheduled to meet with.\u00a0\nEach day when you open the app, Connected presents you with "cards" that inform you of work anniversaries, birthdays, new jobs and other news from your LinkedIn contacts. You just swipe to navigate through the cards. Swiping up on a card lets you send a message or call a contact.\nOnce you\u2019re done with the day\u2019s updates, Connected shows you other LinkedIn members you may know, assuming you've given the app access to your iOS contacts. I find this feature to be tedious, though, as the app presents a seemingly endless list of people to connect with.\u00a0\n\nIn my initial tests, the calendar component \u2014 in which Connected provides background on other LinkedIn members you\u2019ll be meeting with \u2014 didn\u2019t work well at all.\nTo test the feature, I created a few fake calendar appointments for later the same afternoon with LinkedIn members using the iOS Calendar app. But after an hour had passed, Connected didn\u2019t provide the promised "prompt" screen composed of background info on my LinkedIn friends, even after I closed and restarted the app several times.\nLinkedIn Connected could use some better navigation as well. For example, swiping down in the app gives you three menu options: "Keep in touch," "Find a contact" and "Accounts and settings." The Find a contact feature is useful \u2014 it not only shows how to contact someone, but it also displays your LinkedIn messaging history with that person. Navigating back to the start screen, however, isn\u2019t intuitive. (You have to swipe down again and tap Keep in touch.)\u00a0\nIf you\u2019re a LinkedIn power user, or you're looking for a quick way to see what\u2019s up with your LinkedIn contacts, Connected is worth a download. Otherwise, I\u2019d stick with the main LinkedIn apps (for Android and iOS), which, unlike Connected, show your contacts\u2019 status updates, among other features.