LinkedIn has unveiled a new platform designed to offer users a single management service for all their contact and scheduling data.
The company said that its Contacts platform would be available as both a mobile and desktop tool and will allow users to link multiple accounts into a single interface.
"LinkedIn Contacts brings together all your address books, emails, and calendars, and keeps them up to date in one place," said Sachin Rekhi, founder of the Connected platform which was acquired by LinkedIn a year ago.
"From these sources, we'll automatically pull in the details of your past conversations and meetings, and bring these details directly onto your contact's profile."
LinkedIn is planning to offer the Contacts service to a limited number of users in the US in a test run over the next several weeks. The company did not give any word on a targeted general release date or international availability.
Mobile use of the platform will be offered through an iPhone app. The company did not say when it will be offering the service on other mobile platforms.
In addition to better helping users manage their contacts and calendar items, LinkedIn hopes that the Contacts tool will increase social networking activity on the site.
By associating contact pages with email history and important date reminders, the company believes that it can increase communication and allow users to keep in closer contact with the members of their business network.
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