LinkedIn will open up to application developers but in a much more limited way than its rival Facebook, according to CEO Dan Nye.

The business-focused social network announced plans to create an open platform for developers earlier this year, but Nye said LinkedIn wanted to avoid some of the more frivolous applications that have been created through Facebook's API.

He told the New York Times:

"We have no interest in doing it like Facebook with an open API. letting people do whatever they want. We’re not going to have people sending electronic hamburgers to each other.”

Nye said any apps created for LinkedIn would need to be business related -travel planning services, for example.

He added that developers would need to be approved by LinkedIn and would need to share revenue with the company.

MySpace was also reported last week to be planning an API for outside developers, although further details are yet to emerge.

Nye also gave some insights into LinkedIn's growth, saying it now has 15m members and is adding more at the rate of 1m every 25 days.

He also hinted at an IPO and said the site was now profitable, with just over $10m (£4.9m) in revenues generated last year

It is aiming for between $75m and $100m (£37m and £49m) next year.

Related stories:
LinkedIn targets Europe after new funding round
LinkedIn sees sharp traffic increase 

Graham Charlton

Published 15 October, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

2565 more posts from this author

You might be interested in

Comments (1)



I think Linked in is doing the wright thing, don't let to much api's control your business! Better a few but that people actualy will use a lot!

about 8 years ago

Save or Cancel

Enjoying this article?

Get more just like this, delivered to your inbox.

Keep up to date with the latest analysis, inspiration and learning from the Econsultancy blog with our free Digital Pulse newsletter. You will receive a hand-picked digest of the latest and greatest articles, as well as snippets of new market data, best practice guides and trends research.