Today in Social

LinkedIn started opening its platform to developers in 2009, and today it’s giving full access to its latest version after an early access trial that’s been running since last October. This release supports OAuth 2.0 and Javascript APIs, and comes with plug-ins for common functions like sharing, recommending, and exposing profile or company info. ReadWriteWeb thinks this will lead to more LinkedIn content syndication across the web. I’m more inclined to agree with this piece from The Next Web, which expects that business and professional sites will respect LinkedIn identities as authentic sign-ins. LinkedIn has impressively beefed up its site services for users and companies lately – it’s a great Twitter filter, if a little less great as a news aggregator. LinkedIn’s 100 million users have lots of useful professional data in their graphs. That alone will make LinkedIn a serious contender in social media platforms and APIs.