LinkedIn – One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

Needed to give LinkedIn props for adding a few security features:

  • The ability to managed logged in sessions.
  • The ability to export “your” data.
  • More email notifications when account details change including date, time, browser, operating system, and “approximate physical location”

Their official announcement about these changes is here:

http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/09/03/giving-our-members-more-control/

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Balance this by the fact that LinkedIn’s API policy is negatively affecting CRM companies and more importantly the small businesses that depend on them.

Here is a good rollup of the issue by @bradmccarty over at Full Contact

http://www.fullcontact.com/blog/linkedin-state-of-crm-2014/

No word as to how their new Sales Navigator product has influenced their API lockdown tactics but that still unrealized/released product looks to be positioned for medium to large business.

Sacrificing innovation for corporate gain is nothing new, just disappointing that he new product won’t be relevant to small businesses, particularly entrepreneurs and innovators… 

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