On a blog post published a few days ago, Adam Trachtenberg, Director of Developer Network at LinkedIn, announced that the social network has plans to cut down access to many of its APIs, in order to have better control on the applications that use its data.
LinkedIn says, that while many exciting third party applications were developed – and especially those of Samsung, Evernote and WeChat, there are many others that just failed to provide value to its members.
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For this reason, and starting May 12, 2015, LinkedIn will restrict access to its APIs and will allow access only to members that are registered through its partnership programs. From that day on, open APIs will be accessible only for the following reasons:
- Allowing members to represent their professional identity via their LinkedIn profile using LinkedIn‘s Profile API.
- Enabling members to post certifications directly to their LinkedIn profile with Add to Profile tools.
- Enabling members to share professional content to their LinkedIn network from across the Web leveraging Share API.
- Enabling companies to share professional content to LinkedIn with Company API.
If you are a developer, currently working on an app which integrates with LinkedIn‘s APIs, you should make sure that it will be compatible with the aforementioned changes.
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