We've never had more demands on our time, or more ways to spend it. It's never been easier to neglect things which aren't urgent, but which are good for us. Like eating well, exercising, or filing receipts. There is one other thing I regularly forget to do: grow my professional network.
We all know that relationships matter. Networks like LinkedIn can remember all of our previous colleagues, and can track what they're working on now. This could be an invaluable resource for every one of us. But for me, it doesn't quite work: my LinkedIn network does not represent who I've worked with. I rarely remember to go to LinkedIn and update my network; when I do, I forget to connect with everybody that I should.
LinkedIn is great at knowing your network, but it's not great at knowing who to add to your network. That's why we've integrated LinkedIn into Rapportive. You can now add contacts to your LinkedIn network without ever leaving Gmail.
To add a contact to your LinkedIn network, just click "Connect" in their Rapportive profile. You can enter a short message, click send, and you're done. When your invitation is accepted, your contact's profile will show that you are connected.
This is the kind of feature we love to make: it not only saves time, but also quietly reminds us to do something worthwhile – at precisely the moments when we're ready to do it.