LinkedIn finally announced their Applications – which allows you to make LinkedIn more functional. It has been a loooooooooooooooooooooong time coming, as they announced their API’s quite a while ago – June 26, 2007 (this allows other companies, outside of LinkedIn, to tap into or work with LinkedIn – more on that later).
Based on my speaking throughout the country and abroad, I know that some people will say:
Awesome! It’s about time LinkedIn is more social! Now it’s not going to be so boring, and it can be more like Facebook!
Others are going to say:
Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! This is a professional environment and we don’t want all that social crap! We don’t want Facebook and MySpace, we want LinkedIn!
I’m on the fence. On the one hand, it’s really great to see this development, and progress with the APIs. I wish I could get some API love, but LinkedIn is being very cautious about who they partner with, and I haven’t been invited in yet. With their funding from SAP, I’m wondering if a LinkedIn/JibberJobber partnership would ever make sense (for me, YES, for them, I kind of doubt it).
As far as what it does for a Profile, well, I think this can be great if done well, and if done wrong it can make a Profile super cluttered with garbage. I added the slideshare application because I have three slideshare shows up, and they are all onbrand with my business. I also added the blog application (not wordpress, since I don’t use wordpress.com (I use wordpress.org)), and now you can see my blog posts on my profile. These should also always be onbrand.
Right now the slideshows and blog posts show up RIGHT AFTER my summary, which I’m guessing they’ll allow me to control later.
Cool for me… but how many of you have blog posts or slideshows to show, that will help make your Profile more compelling?
Just like we see some lame Profile pictures, I’m sure we’ll see some lame slideshows, and some posts about what people ate for breakfast (offbrand posts) on their Profiles.
Right now I think my position is COOL, but be careful.
What do you think? What have you added, and do you like it?