LinkedIn has shut off API access to fellow professional social network Viadeo and a number of other startups who have been tapping into LinkedIn’s firehose of data via its open API program. The other companies whose access to LinkedIn’s data that will be revoked are IKO Systems, Linked, Drag&Tag, and Yatedo.
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Professional social network LinkedIn has begun allowing its members to follow companies over two years ago, giving professionals a way to easily access company updates, such as job openings, new developments and more. But the network has not allowed users to follow individuals. Today, that’s changing.
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has rocketed past three million members in Australia in just over two years after opening its first Australian office and, not surprisingly, IT is now one of the top three industry sectors represented on LinkedIn.
Today at an event in Mountain View called “Meet The New LinkedIn”, the company is discussing its direction and will announce some new things. LinkedIn, the public company that serves as a social network for professionals, has been integrating social features into its product for the past few years.