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LinkedIn Announces Changes to its Developer Program

Posted on 2.12.2015

Social networks, like any brand, are constantly searching for ways to update and enhance their user experience. This constant search demands that companies which partner with these networks be on the lookout for any changes to a networks look and policies.

LinkedIn has recently announced some “significant” changes to its Developer Program.

Through the new changes, which are meant to increase the number of meaningful and useful applications for users to leverage, the Developer Program has shifted from primarily open APIs to partnership integrations which the social network believes will provide a more valuable experience for its members. Starting on May 12, 2015 LinkedIn will be limiting its open APIs to only support the following four uses:

• Allowing members to represent their professional identity via their LinkedIn profile using our Profile API.
• Enabling members to post certifications directly to their LinkedIn profile with our Add to Profile tools.
• Enabling members to share professional content to their LinkedIn network from across the Web leveraging our Share API.
• Enabling companies to share professional content to LinkedIn with our Company API.


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If developers wish to leverage any other API after May 12 they must become a member of one of LinkedIn’s partnership programs.

“For many developers, we understand that today’s changes may be disappointing and disruptive, but we believe these changes will provide further clarity and focus on which types of integrations will be supported by LinkedIn,” states the LinkedIn’s official blog post announcing the change.

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