New, Improved Address Book from LinkedIn

LinkedIn will begin rolling out changes to its address book over the next few weeks, including the ability to browse connections by current companies, locations and industries, as well as mini-profiles of connections, access to their contact information and tagging of connections.

The new functionality is available for trial, and ReadWriteWeb wrote that it “looks like a leap ahead of the old Rolodex-style functionality we’ve become used to never using.”

LinkedIn product manager Jatin Shah wrote in a post on the LinkedIn Blog:

As a company that’s based on the mantra, “Relationships Matter,” we want to make it easier than ever for you to find, organize and stay in touch with your business connections. Over the next few weeks, you will start seeing improvements to your LinkedIn address book that will help you be more productive.

The most noticeable update is a new browse panel that allows you to browse your connections by their current companies, locations and industries. In addition, you can search your connections by entering their first name, last name or current company in the search box above the browse panel.

You can also browse your new connections and your connections who may have recently added a new connection by using the Recent Activity filter in the browse panel.

View mini-profiles of your connections to see if they have changed their current positions, added any new connections or send them a message through a third column on the right.

You can look up contact information like phone numbers, email addresses and physical mailing addresses. You can also add this information yourself by editing the contact information of connections in your address book.

Connections are automatically tagged with keywords such as “colleagues,” “friends,” “partners” and “group members” based on information you provide when inviting them to connect with you.