LinkedIn has taken a huge leap forward with its new Outlook toolbar, which features a dashboard that integrates desktop email and online social networks more tightly than ever. Below you can see LinkedIn acting inside my Outlook window to provide Keep-in-Touch Reminders, Contacts to Invite, and Contact Updates. Even more ambitiously, LinkedIn suggests emails I should consider replying to and, coolest of all, important emails I have sent to people that need additional follow up.
I tip my cap to LinkedIn for putting such a useful dashboard inside Outlook. Even though I still think LinkedIn's most famous feature (introducing people) is dubious, I can tell I will rely increasingly on LinkedIn's Outlook toolbar to help me manage my address book and email.
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