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Appeared on: Thursday, April 07, 2011
LinkedIn Platform Opened To Help Build the Professional Web

Today, LinkedIn opened up full access to LinkedIn's new platform for building the professional web.

In October, the announced early access to a new Javascript platform to help make integrating LinkedIn faster.

In addition to support for OAuth 2.0 and Javascript APIs, this release also includes new Plugins - self-contained features that can be customized and embedded on a website with minimal effort.

This release includes a set of plugins. For example, you can show your visitors who they know in a professional context with the Member Profile plugin, and display rich personalized insights about companies featured on your site with the Company Insider plugin.

The plugins include:

- Sign In with LinkedIn, which makes it easier for users to authenticate or register for your site using their LinkedIn identity
- Share, a button which enables users to share your website with LinkedIn?s professional audience
- Member Profile, which brings LinkedIn profiles to your site
- Full Member Profile, which brings larger, more detailed LinkedIn profiles to your site
- Company Profile, which displays key company info at-a-glance
- Company Insider, which shows rich company data from several different views
- Recommend, a button which enables users to recommend your products and drive traffic back to you

The plugins can be used with only a couple of lines of markup.

LinkedIn also made infrastructure improvements to the platform itself. The JavaScript framework now loads significantly faster, and the company has added SSL support and more robust OAuth support.

The developer.linkedin.com web site includes some quick start content, including script generators that allow you to visually configure and deploy your plugin of choice.


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