LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has launched a ‘Lite’ version of its Android app in India.
This will work on slow data networks
and low-end smartphones, as it looks to tap job seekers outside the large cities. The solution is much like those of Facebook and Google’s to get around India’s patchy networks.
“We’re seeing a massive amount of traction, especially outside of metro cities. If you look at some tier-II, tier-III cities, the Lite website really lit up a lot of them for us. We’re seeing almost two times the number of people from those towns on the website in the past six months,” said Akshay Kothari, head of LinkedIn
Developed at the company’s research centre in this city, Lite will take under 1 MB of storage space on a device and reduce the consumption of data by 80 per cent when compared to the regular app.
Kothari says LinkedIn
has 42 million users in India
and wants to expand to 80 mn, equivalent to the number of professional jobs
the country has today, as soon as possible. For the next 40 million users, the firm
is betting on tier-II and tier-III cities.
“The more people in tier-II and tier-III towns that have access to LinkedIn, the more they are aware of the jobs
and the more efficiently the labour can then move. From the time I’ve been on the field, I’ve seen people are open to moving if they find the right opportunity but are not aware of those jobs,” added Kothari.
Plans of rolling out LinkedIn
in local languages isn’t on the cards yet. Currently, the 80 mn professionals the firm
is going after can manage without regional languages. However, once the firm
breaches this barrier, Kothari says, it would look at including local language.