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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Contributed Content, Singapore
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Can Linkedin satisfy Facebook fans?

I often hear people saying that Linkedin is useless and that, except opening an account and filling up profile for online resumes, they generally don't use it. In fact Linkedin is the world’s largest social network for professionals, there are over 500,000 linkedin users in Singapore itself.

With lots of new features that have come up in this year - 2011, Linkedin is getting extremely useful and valuable to businesses and professionals.

Linkedin may not be as addictive as other social media platforms but it gives you features that really make sense to your work. Some of the features are invaluable, you cannot afford to miss them!

Let me list 3 interesting features you can use straight away:
1. Get top headlines in your industry that matters delivered to you, and start your workday with “Linkedin Today”.
I used to be an avid RSS reader and there were over 100 RSS feeds in my google reader. I often forget to read or feel overloaded by information. I tried Feedly (which is good too) and Flipboard. But I always wanted to find a solution like Linkedin Today that only deliver what matters me – automatically. The reason is that Linkedin selects the most shared stories by Linkedin users.

Watch how it works: click start your workday with linkedin today

2. Monitor conversation using Linkedin Signal.
This can be achieved by Filtering by keywords, companies, locations, industries, time, schools, groups, seniority and even update type (shares, answers, groups, profiles)

Many people want to know how to filter discussion in Linkedin groups by keywords, you are not able to do it in group itself but using Linkedin Signal by specifying the group.

If you don't want to see links that people are sharing, you just need to filter out update type and shares. Useful?
Best of all, you are able to save each search for future usage. I really love this feature!

3. Want to connect with professionals or companies that have the skills you are looking for, such as "iphone development", or find relevant linkedin groups? Linkedin skills is there for you.

Watch how it works: click Linkedin Skills

It is that easy and useful.

Do you find these three features are amazing?

Try them out, enrich your working life and be more productive using Linkedin’s new technologies!

Cherry Rahtu, Founder and Director, Cherry Solution Pte Ltd

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