WorldMate, which keys in on business travelers with its itinerary management service, claims it has trumped competitor TripIt's LinkedIn capabilities with the launch of a WorldMate Blackberry app that enables users to find nearby LinkedIn connections or those in other cities.
WorldMate's new LinkedIn features, available today, are accessible over the Web or through the mobile app, the company says.
The Palo Alto, Calif., company, which claims 5 million users of its personal travel assistant, says its integration with LinkedIn's API enables users to:
- View nearby LinkedIn connections within their WorldMate itineraries;
- Peruse a mobile pop-up which displays their LinkedIn connections who are in the locale when they arrive; and
- Scan and contact connections in the destination.
The WorldMate website-LinkedIn integration looks like the following:
Among the burgeoning number of itinerary-management services, TripIt pioneered LinkedIn integation as TripIt users can display upcoming getaways and business trips, their current location and travel stats on their LinkedIn profiles. It looks like this:
However, in contrast to WorldMate's new mobile app for LinkedIn, TripIt's LinkedIn functionality currently is accesible only through LinkedIn over the Web.