LinkedIn has acquired contact management company Connected, which is designed to help people manage their contacts across services from a single place.
In a message on the Connected Blog, Conected's Sachin Rekhi and Ada Chen write:
We’re excited about the acquisition by LinkedIn because they share our passion for helping individuals maximize the value of their professional connections. As part of the acquisition, we will be joining the LinkedIn team and working to truly revolutionize contact management. We’ll now be able to do this better and faster and bring this functionality to LinkedIn’s audience of over 120 million professionals.
We’re also happy to announce that starting today we’re making Connected completely free! You can now experience the joys of managing your contacts in Connected without the price tag. If you’re an existing user of Connected, please visit our FAQ for how this affects you.
We would like to thank all of our early adopters, advisers, and investors who have helped us get here. The product would not have grown to what it is today without all of your inspiration, feature suggestions, bug reports, and overall support. We look forward to continuing to improve how you manage your professional relationships!
Here's a close look at what Connected does (from the company site):
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed (hat tip to Liz Gannes for first reporting).