While LinkedIn is a handy tool for connecting with new acquaintances or networking with others in your industry, the company thinks it could do a better job at helping you get to know the people you already work with. That’s the goal of Lookup, LinkedIn’s newest standalone app, which allows people to easily find information and get in touch with their coworkers.
Lookup was created by a team led by Pulse founder Ankit Gupta who says the app was inspired by the company’s research that found just 38% of users who were polled said they found their company’s internal tools helpful for looking up information about their coworkers. “In response, people are looking elsewhere to learn about their coworkers. 46 percent say they look up coworkers on LinkedIn,” Gupta wrote in a blog post. “That’s because it’s easier to find coworkers on LinkedIn, and the professional info people add to their profiles is more comprehensive and up-to-date than lots of companies’ intranets.”
Employees of companies who have opted-in to the service can search for coworkers by name, title or department to see information from their LinkedIn profile, including their skills, work experience, education and work email address. If they want to chat with someone they found through the app they can email them or message them directly through Lookup. The app is available now on iOS, though it will be up to individual companies to make the free service available to their employees.