LinkedIn goes mobile with new WAP site

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There’s been a lot of talk about mobile social networking in recent months, but it’s mostly focused on the big consumer sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. However, business-focused social network LinkedIn has just announced its move into mobile, with a new WAP site.

You can access it by pointing your mobile browser to m.linkedin.com and, yes, the site is in beta for now. It lets you search profiles, send invites, and burrow into your network of contacts from any internet-enabled phone, including the iPhone.

“Let’s face it, every professional today is carrying a wireless device,” says LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye. “Many of these professionals are on the move, attending conferences, sales meetings and client events. Making LinkedIn available on mobile devices responds to both these business realities.” It’ll be interesting to see how the company follows up this initial launch – for example, copying Facebook’s dedicated BlackBerry application would seem to be a logical move.

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Stuart Dredge