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A month after Om trashed LinkedIn for failing to launch a promised application platform, and more than a year after the initiative was first announced, the professional network is finally giving out developer keys. Today LinkedIn launches a business-focused apps platform. The full launch follows a […]

A month after Om trashed LinkedIn for failing to launch a promised application platform, and more than a year after the initiative was first announced, the professional network is finally giving out developer keys. Today LinkedIn launches a business-focused apps platform.

The full launch follows a string of LinkedIn deals to integrate with IBM, Research In Motion, Microsoft Outlook and Twitter. Promised early platform developers include TweetDeck, Posterous, Box.net and Ribbit. (More details on the company’s blog.)

With far too many platforms begging for developers’ services today, why should they head to LinkedIn? “Obviously LinkedIn is a pretty unique platform, but these are fundamentally standard REST APIs,” said Adam Nash, LinkedIn’s VP of search and platform products. “More than 50 million people have used LinkedIn to build their professional presence online, and they want to use it everywhere.” He promised that the LinkedIn platform would ensure the same privacy protections as the company’s site. 

As for the delay, Nash said, “We wanted to spend time to understand how people wanted to use the platform and use the technology to scale.” Translation: Better late than never!

  1. Finally!

    They’d be better off saying that they were late to the party, but plan to make up for lost ground instead of the trite “we wanted to take the time…”.

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  2. LinkedIn is a key platform for developers to begin working with because of the impact it can have for consumers. As social networks gain more business adoption, an open API for the leading business social network is vital. With LinkedIn’s API open, this enables developers to add value by using the intelligence from multiple sources (like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Jigsaw, etc) to make social network use highly productive for business users.

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  3. [...] LinkedIn Platform Finally Debuts (gigaom.com) [...]

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  4. [...] LinkedIn: While the latest release of the LinkedIn iPhone app is a huge step up from its previous version, what you get now is a laundry list of functionality to pick from, including “Status,” “Connections,” “Favorites,” “Invitations,” “Themes” and more. Why not pick one of these items as the first screen to drop users into? [...]

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