NEW DELHI: Professional social network LinkedIn has announced a new service that will aims to link potential mentors with people who are seeking mentorship. The feature reportedly aims to identify potential mentors and connect them to those looking for mentorship in a particular area. According to a report in TechCrunch, the service is so far available only in Australia and San Francisco (US).
LinkedIn is said to first find few people for the role of mentor and these will then be given the option to choose the people with whom they would want to connect with. Hari Srinivasan, head of identity products at LinkedIn told TechCrunch that presently the selection of mentor is limited, but later will be open for everyone. As for the mentees, they get the option to look for a mentor from the specific region or alma mater.
Once the user keys in their respective preferences, then the matching algorithm of LinkedIn sends mentor recommendations. In a user sends multiple requests, then they can swipe to all the available matches. When a match is selected then the other person is notified via a message and both the parties can start communicating.
Last month, LinkedIn launched its LinkedIn Lite mobile app for Android users in India. The made-in-India app weighs less than 1MB and the company will be soon launching it in 60 other countries.
The app is designed for users who have expensive data plans on low-end smartphones and slower network connectivity. LinkedIn Lite is the stripped-down version of the original app. It claims to reduce the data usage by 80% and loads pages under five seconds.
The app comes with all the essential features which are already present in the native app such as news feed, profile, jobs, messaging, search and notifications.
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