LinkedIn to open up to developers

The social networking company plans to launch an API to connect to other services.

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LinkedIn, the social networking service, plans to open up to developers in an effort to boost its popularity.

"Over next 9 months LinkedIn would deliver APIs for developers, ostensibly to make it more of platform like Facebook, and create a way for users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LlinkedIn notifications," according to a blog post by Dan Farber at ZDNet.

Also today, reports indicate that Plaxo, a rival site, has created a Web service to share data between major address and calendar programs.