LinkedIn To Open Platform In Response To FacebookPosted: June 25, 2007
LinkedIn To Open Platform In Response To Facebook: “LinkedIn is moving to provide API’s that will open its platform to developers in response to Facebook’s rapid growth.”
While opening up LinkedIn may be a response to Facebook opening up their platform, ironically, it will probably help Facebook more than LinkedIn. Recently, I’ve had a flurry of Facebook invites, all from co-workers who are checking out what all the hub-bub is around Facebook. I’ve found I’ve effectively been replicating my LinkedIn network on Facebook. “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could add my entire LinkedIn network in a few clicks,” I thought while going through Facebook’s time consuming friend confirmation setup. An open API to LinkedIn may just allow that to be built (depending on how LinkedIn sets up their API).
Regardless of how much of its network LinkedIn makes accessible, it looks like to me that Facebook is on it’s way to becoming the central location for your online persona and people connections. It’s really a pain to replicate your network on each social networking site. Given the speed of Facebook’s growth and it’s easy of use, and now open platform, it’ll probably become everyone’s social networking hub within five years. Eventually, then all major social networking sites will have to plug into their platform to get access to people’s social networks. Facebook integration has done wonders for iLike who added millions of new users via a new module they recently released. While Mark Zuckerberg isn’t interested in selling the company, it would be a perfect acquisition for Google. It could magnify their power immensely.