Connecting on LinkedIn at in-person meetings just became more convenient.
The social network service that is primarily used for professional networking has introduced a LinkedIn QR code feature, making it easy for its users to connect-on-the-spot with others when meeting in person.
The LinkedIn QR code makes it easy for you to remember names and exchange contact info, especially at conferences, social gatherings and other networking events where it can be difficult to remember the names of the people you’ve just met, due to the sheer number of interactions that take place.
Requesting business cards has all but become a practice of the past and handing over your phone to someone to make sure you found their profile is simply an awkward experience best avoided. Now, when a LinkedIn user meets someone with whom they want to keep in touch, they can use the quick response code to add them to their LinkedIn Network.
“The next time you’re at an industry event and meet someone that you want to keep chatting with, open the LinkedIn app and scan their QR code to connect and stay in touch,” said a statement on the official LinkedIn Blog.
The new LinkedIn QR code can be used in multiple creative ways.
According to the official blog post announcing the launch of the new feature, “There are a bunch of creative ways you can use your LinkedIn QR code to build your professional community and continue your offline conversation online.”
Some of the examples the blog lists include putting your code on event materials, brochures, conference badges, and lanyards. The code can also be placed on your website, on photos, in your email signature or directly added to your resume.
LinkedIn isn’t the first social network to use these unique barcodes to make it easy for users to conveniently add friends. Back in 2015 after acquiring Scan.me, Snapchat made it possible for users to can QRcodes to quickly add people as friends, QR Code Press reported.
The LinkedIn QR code is available now for both iOS and Android LinkedIn apps, worldwide. Users who want to use the new feature, simply need to open the app and tap the QR code icon in the search box located on the Home tab and choose from the different options.