Visualize Your Social Network With New LinkedIn Tool

28 Feb

LinkedIn Visual AppLinkedIn on Thursday sent out an email that provides a new web app that allows users to view which users changed jobs or updated their profile in 2009, 2010 and in the first part of 2011.

You may recall that the visualization tool was e-mailed to members towards the beginning of 2011 and provided just 2010 stats information, apparently it was so successful the company wants members to enjoy it’s benefits all the time.

The program works by providing a collage of profile updates with headshots of each person in the collage, click on a persons picture and you are taken directly to that person’s profile.

According to LinkedIn principal software engineer Dhananjay Ragade, the idea for the mosaic page was chosen during a LinkedIn hack day, which occurs “one day a month when everyone is encouraged to play with new technologies and come up with something creative.”

Hopefully the app will eventually show daily profile updates, including job switches, rather than simply pushing new stats to users only when LinkedIn chooses to update the application.

With a LinkedIn IPO nearing closer we expect to see many new features that push the envelop for currently employed business users and job searchers.

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LinkedIn Share Button Available

linkedin share button

LinkedIn  announced their new share button, an option that allows users to share stories from across the web via their LinkedIn account.

The button, much like other options from Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other services provides three button types, a vertical button with a share counter, a smaller horizontal button with a counter and a horizontal button that lacks a counter (all pictured above).

Also just like other share buttons, users need virtually no programming experience to use the code, simply grab a few lines of code and paste that code where you want it to appear on your websites pages.

Now if LinkedIn can just figure out how to convince website owners to add their button in an already crowded space and they’ll be in business. I can see this new share option being popular on Business websites and sites that feature the occasional business based article.

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