Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 14: LinkedIn

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 14: LinkedIn

I have to admit that I am not terribly interested in social networking.  Email is usually enough for me, though there are a few sites which I do find to be particularly enjoyable or useful.  One of those sites is LinkedIn, a social networking site for business connections.  As much as I enjoy LinkedIn however, I have always found their mobile versions to be a bit lacking.

True to form, the Palm Pre version of the site continued to disappoint.  While it does a good job of organizing your LinkedIn contacts, it does not offer any of the advanced features which are available on the website.  Without them, LinkedIn ends up being little more than an organizer for your email contacts.

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 14: LinkedIn

Sure, from here, you can view all of the pertinent information about your contacts, and even send them a message, you really cannot do anything else.  You cannot view your newsfeed.  You cannot view 2nd and 3rd level connection recommendations.  You cannot view your groups.  Pretty much the only other thing you can do is look at your LinkedIn inbox (below) and send messages.  For anything else, you are going to have to use the full website.

Palm Pre App Catalog. 30 Apps in 30 Days. Day 14: LinkedIn

If all the Linkedin App was going to offer was access to your contacts, I would have preferred that this information by synced with the main contacts list.  This would have made it a far more powerful tool, which could keep your contacts up to date and current.  By not syncing, all this app really allows you to do is use your LinkedIn contacts to send emails.  I love LinkedIn on the web, but I continue to be disappointed by the seeming lack of effort which makes it inaccessible on a mobile device.  What a disappointment.

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  • I agree Doug- the LinkedIn applications really suck. The iPhone version isn’t any better. I use LinkedIn quite a bit for the discussion forum and there’s zero support of that on the mobile apps. I also found the iPhone version to be very sketchy at setting your status update.

    Oh, and I find most people on LinkedIn are what I’d term “suit and ties” — they’re people who have no idea about Social Networking but think that LinkedIn is the one site they should be on. So their updates are boring and they tend to be relatively dormant users – and boring.

    Some of the LinkedIn groups should really be re-titled “Recruiter Central” since they appear to have largely been taken over by job posters.

  • I honestly can’t recall the last time I even logged in with the iPhone version … it is crap. Sad – because since discovering it during my layoff more than 18 months ago I have continued to build and expand my network and the groups I am involved with,