LinkedIn took skilled networking on-line. Now it needs to assist individuals community in particular person once more.

The Microsoft-owned social media community for professionals introduced Tuesday that it’s including a brand new characteristic known as Occasions that lets customers set up in-person conferences. The brand new characteristic, which works reside in English talking international locations on Thursday, permits customers to ship out invitations and supplies attendees a spot to debate occasion particulars.

Hosts can use filters search to go looking their networks for individuals they wish to invite, together with by location, firm, business, and faculty. Customers can even make their occasions searchable in order that others can be a part of the occasions as properly.

“Our data says that the chances of people accepting connection requests on LinkedIn increase 2X if they have attended a face-to-face meeting,” LinkedIn India’s head of product Ajay Datta mentioned in a press release.

LinkedIn Occasions is a free service that’s out there on LinkedIn’s app and web site. It was first examined a 12 months in the past in cities the world over together with, New York Metropolis and San Francisco.

LinkedIn Occasions competes with Fb Occasions, which debuted in 2005.

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