BlackBerry users can finally download the new, free LinkedIn for BlackBerry application, which offers mobile access to basic LinkedIn functionality including the ability to view contacts' status updates, respond to new connection invites and send and receive LinkedIn messages.
Early this morning, business-oriented social-networking service LinkedIn took the wraps off its much-anticipated LinkedIn for BlackBerry mobile application.
The free application lets BlackBerry users access core LinkedIn functionality while on the go via BlackBerry smartphone. For example, LinkedIn for BlackBerry users can update their statuses and view contacts’ recent status updates; search for specific LinkedIn contacts and other LinkedIn users they’re not yet connected with; view LinkedIn contact-lists, along with contacts’ profiles; send contacts LinkedIn and/or e-mail messages, where available; accept new contact invites; and get recommendations on other LinkedIn users you may want to connect with.
The app also reportedly integrates with the native BlackBerry contacts, calendar and “mail” (messaging?) applications.
Unfortunately, it looks as though the LinkedIn BlackBerry app cannot be closed. In other words, it’s always running in the background on your device, regardless of whether or not you’re using it, if you’ve attempted to exit it or even if you’re logged out. This isn’t ideal, as the app could be using BlackBerry resources while open and/or draining valuable battery life. (Check out my BlackBerry battery best practices for tips on extending your battery life.)
LinkedIn for BlackBerry is currently available for BlackBerry Curve, Tour and Bold models running OS v4.3.0 or higher, according to the company–BlackBerry Storm and Pearl users appear to be out of luck for the time being.
In related news, popular mobile travel application WorldMate also recently added LinkedIn features to its BlackBerry app, allowing travelers who are connected on LinkedIn to share location information and travel plans so they can meet up whenever they’re in close proximity to each other.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.