This week LinkedIn launched a new platform for keeping all your contacts neatly in one place. LinkedIn Contacts is currently putting people on a waiting list, but when they open it up, you should be able to use it to pull all of your contacts into one place, and yes, there is an app for that.
The LinkedIn Blog announced on Thursday that they have developed the perfect way to remember your admin assistant’s birthday, that new job of your best friend’s roommate’s brother in law, and your boss’ employment anniversary. It will convert all your LinkedIn, email, calendar and address books.
“LinkedIn Contacts brings together all your address books, emails, and calendars, and keeps them up to date in one place. 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.”
I guess that’s good – if you don’t mind LinkedIn knowing what you’ve emailed to whom when. I can see how it can be helpful to know what you have promised a client, whose turn it is to pick up the check, and have something to remind you to buy a card for your co-worker’s new baby. We are getting so comfortable with putting all of our information out there, that I think a lot of people will try this out. Convenience over privacy…convenience will probably win out, I think.
LinkedIn says that they will start sending out invitations for a select few in the weeks to come, eventually rolling it out to everyone on their waiting list, and then anyone who wanders in will be able to get the app.
Here is the handy dandy slideshow, detailing how it will benefit it’s users:
AP Hack and What it did to the Dow Jones Industrial Average
If you follow the Associated Press and saw it’s tweet about explosions in the White House and President Obama being injured you were probably concerned. I mean, it’s the AP, they are supposed to know what they are talking about before they go tweeting stuff, right? Well yeah, unless they get hacked.
The Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the hack, and how is still being investigated, but the effects of the hack job were pretty horrible. The DOW took a huge plunge with the news that the “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Even though this was immediately reported as false by other AP Twitter accounts and AP employees, it still had enough effect to cause a drop in the market. The Dow dropped 143 points. It was able to quickly recover, but one must wonder what kind of power Twitter has.
Ever since the Iranian protests happened and the government shut down every kind of media they could, and the people took to Twitter to tell their stories, Twitter has become a main source of “happening now” news. During the Boston Marathon, I spent the afternoon watching the tweets of Boston Globe journalist Billy Baker
@billy_baker. I was able to follow a first hand account of what was happening, when it was happening.
So where does that leave us when a major news entity is hacked? Well, the FBI investigates, but do we have less trust for Tweets? Not so far. I think we tend to take Tweets at face value. Are we going to be able to look at a tweet and wonder if it is questionable? How would we even know? I think I might have to at least double check a tweet like the hackers’ White House tweet before I took action. Apparently, when it comes to the web, nothing is sacred, not even Twitter, and we will have to tread carefully when it comes to tweets that carry some importance such as this. I guess we all live and learn, right?