LinkedIn to avoid 'API free for all'

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.

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