LinkedIn API Version 2.0 to Introduce Various Features by March 2019

Developers who have been using LinkedIn APIs are now requested to move to Version 2.0 by the 1st March, 2019. V2 has the latest technology associated with APIs, as for authentication OAuth 2.0 is introduced.

This update will add various options through the developer's program. LinkedIn Developers program will let apps and website owners provide a personalized experience for its users, let them use their professional identities for third-party services and share external content from other sites.

Sign In with LinkedIn will let users log-in to third-party apps, using the information from the LinkedIn profiles. Only “Lite Profile” information with limited profile fields will be recognized by the API.

LinkedIn members will be able to share links of other sites with their network. Though this API has been available already.

APIs in version 1 was used for managing company pages. Whereas in version 2.0, this will be merged with LinkedIn Marketing Developer Program. Only the developers who will participate in this program will be allowed to access it.

LinkedIn is deprecating many other features that are not popular among its members.

Authentication: OAuth 2.0 has been enabled by the platform since 2013, and now developers will have to use it only, as OAuth 1.0 will no longer be available. OAuth 2.0 meets all the industry standards and has been already used by several developers.

Software Development Kits: developers will be required to move to OAuth 2.0 from apps directly, as Javascript and Mobile SDKs will be withdrawn by March 1.

Plugins: platform will be deprecating the Member Profile, Company Insider, Company Profile and Alumni Tool plugins, or any other plugin used to enhance the functionality of the website by generating drop-in code.

After the change in front-end design, Developers portal will also be redesigned, letting managers and access apps, find product information and read documents easily. For this, all the developers are expected to move to API version 2.0 before March 1, 2019.

On the other hand, IFTTT and LinkedIn will no longer be together. After the update, all the LinkedIn services and Applets will be removed from IFTTT, as confirmed by the IFTTT team itself.

In further detail, IFTTT said their focus is on building robust and accessible tools for multiple brands and developers to integrate with. They have wished good luck to LinkedIn and has offered to work with them in the future if they decide to build better services.

Transition to LinkedIn API V2 by March 1
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