LinkedIn Shutters Intro and Slidecast in Order to 'Concentrate on Fewer Things'

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Less than 4 months ago, LinkedIn launched a new email tool that looked pretty promising. They called it LinkedIn Intro, and it basically allowed users to opt-in to letting the company inject LinkedIn content (pictures, profile info, etc) into incoming emails. Although an interesting idea, we noted at the time that it had some security experts pulling their hair out.

Well, it doesn't really matter anymore because LinkedIn is shutting it down. In an effort to "do fewer things better," here's what LinkedIn's Deep Nishar had to say in a blog post:

...Our goal is to provide our members with seamless experiences – not just individual products – that will help them become more productive and successful professionals. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at our product offerings and made the decision to shut down some services.

We are shutting down LinkedIn Intro as of March 7, 2014. Intro was launched last year to bring the power of LinkedIn to your email inbox on your iPhone. While Intro is going away, we will continue to work on bringing the power of LinkedIn to wherever our members work. Email, where the average professional spends more than a quarter of their time, is one of those places, so we’ll continue to look for ways to bring this kind of functionality to our members through existing partnerships.

If you want to go ahead and remove LinkedIn Intro, here's how you go about it:

To remove a LinkedIn Intro mail account:

- From your iPhone home screen, tap the iPhone Settings app.
- Tap the General section. If you aren't taken to the main page of your iPhone settings, tap the navigation arrow in the top left until you get back to the main settings page.
- Scroll down and tap the Profiles section.
- Tap all profiles that start with Intro to remove. It's important to remove all of them.

Intro isn't the only thing on the chopping block, as LinkedIn is also shutting down Slidecast. Users have until April 30th to download their presentations.

"The SlideShare team will continue to focus on building new products and improving our existing experiences to make our products even better for our members," says Nishar.

Last, but not least, LinkedIn is eliminating support for their iPad App on pre-6.0 versions of iOS.

Just a round of spring cleaning for the business-oriented social network. Yesterday, the company released their Q4 earnings, as well as the acquisition of data insights provider Bright.

Josh Wolford
Josh Wolford is a writer for WebProNews. He likes beer, Japanese food, and movies that make him feel weird afterward. Mostly beer. Follow him on Twitter: @joshgwolf Instagram: @joshgwolf Google+: Joshua Wolford StumbleUpon: joshgwolf

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