LinkedIn API’s are Open for Business

I got an email on Monday from LinkedIn that their API’s are “Open for Business”. We applied for access to their API over a year ago. We wanted to do some social networking mashups with CourseMax CRM and LinkedIn. However, LinkedIn never responded to our application and so I gave up, assuming they would never come around to opening up their platform to anyone but Tier 1 players. While LinkedIn still holds on to its status as the “Professional” social network, Facebook seems to be eating into their share of that crowd (at least in my circles). I think LinkedIn has a real fight on their hands now but “Better Late Than Never”. You can find the LinkedIn API page at: http://developer.linkedin.com/index.jspa

I can’t wait to see all of the cool CRM mashups. Hopefully the Social Networking Accelerator will be updated to include a rich integration with LinkedIn.

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