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LinkedIn APIs: Embeddable widgets

April 12, 2011

In my last post I introduced LinkedIn’s REST APIs.  This time, I want to briefly explore using their embeddable widgets.

LinkedIn provides some simple HTML- and and JavaScript-based widgets to integrate commonly requested LinkedIn functionality into your site.  These widgets include:

  • Company Insider” – JavaScript widget that shows a visitor to one of your web pages how many people they know at a company
  • Profile” – JavaScript widget used to display LinkedIn public profiles on an arbitrary web page
  • Share on LinkedIn” – a parameterized URL allows your site visitors to share your content via LinkedIn

You have some options on how you choose to display “Company Insider” information.  You have popup as well as always-open, inline options.  Here’s an example from LinkedIn of how a popup might appear:

and here’s the same information presented inline without a border:

The “Profile” widget offers similar popup and inline options.  For instance, here’s a popup example:

Click here to read the complete post on the PayPal X Developer Network including additional discussion of the “Share on LinkedIn” widget and its parameters.

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