LinkedIn Labs: NewIn, ChromeIn, Instant Search, and Signal

Posted by | October 14, 2010 | LinkedIn | 2 Comments

LinkedIn_NewInI’m not sure how many people read LinkedIn’s blog, but from the looks of my heavily recruiting-laden online social network, not many recruiters in my network do. At least I don’t see people in my network chatting about what LinkedIn just decided to share with the world, which is surprising to me given how cool it is. Hopefully this post will correct that. :-)

LinkedIn’s most recent blog post introduced LinkedIn Labs to the world, as well as released 500 special Signal invitations to celebrate. They are first come, first serve, and as of the time of this post, there were still some left!

LinkedIn Labs

LinkedIn is making some of their internal projects and Hackday competition winners publicly available, including NewIn 2.0, ChromeIn, Instant Search, and Signal:


Yes, very similar in concept to Google Labs, but who cares?

I think it’s cool that LinkedIn employees are experimenting, exploring and encouraged to be innovative. This gives us some insight into LinkedIn’s culture and values.

I’ve already played around with Signal, installed ChromeIn, performed some “Linstant ┬ásearches” (did I just coin a phrase?), and watched in real-time as people joined LinkedIn. In fact, I’m watching NewIn 2.0 show me the newest LinkedIn members on my 2nd monitor right now. The screenshot doesn’t do it justice.

LinkedIn NewIn, aka "Earth"

Explore LinkedIn Labs

LinkedIn warns in their blog post that some of the the projects shared in LinkedIn Labs may be live for only a few weeks, so if you haven’t already, spend some time exploring it.

Be sure to let LinkedIn know what you think, and maybe even give them some ideas on what you would like to see hacked together next!

And don’t forget to try and snag access to Signal if you don’t already have it. The special invitations won’t last long!

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About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.

  • Jon Bryant

    I’m glad you’re reading the LinkedIn blog – I would have missed the LI Labs announcement if it weren’t for you. I tested the apps this morning – – pretty interesting, I’ll look forward to seeing what else they make available. Unfortunately, I was too late to get an invitation to Signal, but I sent a request for a future allotment.

    Thanks for keeping us informed and for challenging us to think about things in new ways.


  • Glen Cathey

    Thanks Jon! Although the LI labs offerings at this time don’t really offer recruiters a real solution to their challenges, I am pleased to see that LI is encouraging experimentation and creativity, two things that are critical for innovation. At some point in the future, LI labs may push out something that can be leveraged by sourcers and recruiters to find and connect with more of the right talent.