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  • OpenBox Service: LinkedIn

Social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn can help you get in touch with people. And LinkedIn's strength is that although it's sociable, it's also businesslike and business-oriented. But like most social networks, LinkedIn isn't a great place to store and share documents and similar files. All those docs you'd like your network contacts to see aren't shareable...that is, unless you have's OpenBox Services for LinkedIn. This free app turns LinkedIn into something of a virtual thumb drive--one that's easy to share with contacts.'s LinkedIn app is called " Files." To add it, you simply click its link and then grant it permission to access your social network account.

Using the app requires that you sign up for a free account (a link to do so is provided from within the app), which comes with 5GB of online storage and limits sharing to files less than 25MB in size. If you want more space and options, you can purchase more storage or upgrade to's $15-per-month Business plan.

Once you're signed up, you're up and running on LinkedIn's Files. It features a tidy layout, and it allows you to easily upload files or create folders. You can share single documents or entire folders with your social network contacts--and if you're signed up for's free Facebook app as well, you can share across social networks, too, uniting the most popular network with the most reliable one. You also can opt to share just a Web link to a file, and can share via e-mail, too.

If you already have a account, you'll see your stored files and folders appear on LinkedIn. This automatic synchronization is one of the nicest features of this cloud-based service. All files that you add to your LinkedIn account automatically appear in your account (that you access via the service's main site) and your Facebook Files account, too, if you use both apps. This makes it a cinch to make sure you always have the files you need.'s LinkedIn app is free and nicely-designed, and it brings's handy online storage features to you at a site you already visit. The 30 seconds it takes to get the service up and running is time well spent. And if some of your business contacts are buddies as well, you might take a look at's similar app for Facebbook.

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--Liane Cassavoy

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At a Glance
  •'s LinkedIn service lets you use the businessy social network as a place to store and share files.


    • Easy way to store and share files, Neat and clean interface


    • Storage is limited
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