LinkedIn Mobile App Gains QR Code Scanner and Translation Service

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LinkedIn is adding a couple of new features to its iOS app that should make it easier for users to expand their professional networks on the service.

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For the first time, QR codes can now be used to connect with other user profiles. This can be done by either tapping the QR code icon in the Home tab search bar to launch the QR scanner, or uploading a photo of a code taken with your device's camera. As you'd expect, LinkedIn profile codes can also be shared easily over email or messaging platforms as well as displayed on websites and relevant merchandise.

In addition, the LinkedIn app will soon boast a translation feature powered by Microsoft Text Analytics (the same API that provides translations for Skype, Office, and Twitter). The feature, which supports over 60 languages, is accessed via a "See Translation" button that will appears in relevant LinkedIn feed posts, as well as on users' profile and recent activity screens.

As of writing, the translation feature is only available on the desktop and mobile web versions of LinkedIn, but the company says it will be accessible in its mobile apps in the coming weeks.

LinkedIn is a free download for iPhone available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
34 months ago
Another QR code reader that'll never be used.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
92638154 Avatar
34 months ago
LinkedIn has some serious usability flaws. The sharing of user profile links is a critical use case. I hope they know this, they are certainly not proving they know this. Using QR technology proves their lack of understanding of the problem AND poor solution.

1) people cant find their own profile link on the desktop site, much less share it. It is well hidden.
2) people can absolutely not find their profile link in the mobile app. It is so well hidden, and so absolutely critical in the mobile context, LinkedIn should re-evaluate the employment status of all senion UX and Engineering executives on mobile. They have literally made it inpossible to share in a mobile context, which is ABSOLUTELY limiting growth and value.
3) maybe add QR to link, but link HAS to be trivial to share. Come on!!!!!

I have interviewed several recent university business graduates and asked them to share their LinkedIn profile with me, by sending me a link. Half of them respond they don’t know how to or didn’t know it was possible. That was 50% of university business grads in 2018. Theres a data point for your big data data scientists. Sample size = 10.

With all the kings horses and all the kings men... you don’t have your most basic and valuable use case nailed??? Sharing!!!!

CEO sleeping at the wheel. Shareholders, wake up, get these guys in gear, send a signal, start firing poor decision makers and poor decision executors.

Can you imagine if facebook made it as hard to “friend” as LinkedIn makes it to “share”?

Now the other way around! What if in LinkedIn it was as easy to share a profile as it is to “friend” in FaceBook????

Boom.
(face slap)
Gauntlet dropped.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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