For the 80 percent of mobile phone customers who are still using feature phones, fear not: LinkedIn Mobile software engineer Sudeep Yegnashankaran has your back. Yegnashankaran described his creation of LinkedIn work-around TextIn during the professional networking site’s monthly Hackday competition in a post on the LinkedIn Blog.
TextIn, which is currently only available to users in the United States, is compatible with the following commands: Invite (inviting someone to connect on LinkedIn), Search (search the professional networking site’s more than 100 million members), Profile (look up a LinkedIn profile), and Update (post an update to LinkedIn connections).
Around 80 percent of mobile phones sold worldwide are feature phones. This means that not everyone can use our iPhone or Android applications. For LinkedIn’s March Hackday, I decided to build a prototype that would bring LinkedIn features to users of feature phones through simple text messaging.
Imagine that you’re in an important business meeting. Adam, a vice president at LinkedIn, is giving an amazing presentation, but you didn’t catch his last name! During a break, you pull out your phone and send a simple SMS.
Now that you know Adam’s full name and job title, you can view his profile in SMS form, and then invite him to connect on LinkedIn.