|LinkedIn Restricts Developer Access|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Tuesday, 17 February 2015|
LinkedIn has announced that it is restricting use of most of its APIs to approved partners. This has angered many developers who have created third party extension to LinkedIn but are unlikely to be accepted into its partnership program.
According to Mashable almost 30,000 outside developers are involved with LinkedIn and the professional network has some 300 million users worldwide.
Currently developers have access to ten LinkedIn APIs but from May 12th access to the full range will be restricted to members of one of its partner programs.
Outlining the change in focus in a blog post Adam Trachtenberg, director of the LinkedIn developer network, stated:
Over the past several years, we’ve seen some exciting applications from our developer community. While many delivered value back to our members and LinkedIn, not all have.
As such, we’ve taken steps to refocus the Developer Program from primarily open APIs to partnership integrations that we believe provide the most value to our members, developers and business.
After citing Smasung, WeChat, Evernote and LinkedIn's Sponsored Updates partner program as examples of successful partnerships, Trachtenberg lists the uses of four APIs that will remain open to all:
Trachtenberg concludes the post saying:
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.
Understandably some within the community are now mounting a campaign urging people to Stop using LinkedIn.
If all this sounds familiar, one precedent for LinkedIn's current action is the restrictive changes made by Twitter it use of its APIs, done ostensibly for the good of end users but to the detriment of many of the devs who had been creating third part add-ons.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2015 )|