I talked to LinkedIn founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference about Facebook’s rapid growth and potential incursion into his territory. He told me that over next 9 months LinkedIn would deliver APIs for developers, ostensibly to make it more of platform like Facebook, and create a way for users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LlinkedIn notifications.
Facebook opened their platform almost a month ago, I have been
receiving the majority of my professional contact requests through
Facebook and not LinkedIn. I have read others around the blogosphere
that are experiencing the same phenomenon. As this occurs, LinkedIn is
going to have to take some sort of action that keeps them in the game.
This may be it. Enabling developers to build applications for their
network would be huge, but they would also have to be cautious when
launching a developer platform. LinkedIn is known for its absence of
distractions within profiles. If they opened their platform,
individuals’ profiles could rapidly become cluttered with excess
features. As a result LinkedIn would need an effective application
filtering process that only allows value-added applications to their
I get the strategy, but trying to picture how it would be rolled out. I LOVE LinkedIn as my resume/CV site. People know the name and that they can find my work eperience there. Actually was in a meeting today with someone who just printed out my LinkedIn profile, in lieu of a resume. I admit, I don’t read or participate in their community features as much as I would like, but adding apps like Facebook would have to be done carefully so as not to mess up the current user experience, but instead enhance it.
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