I owe LinkedIn an apology, or perhaps they owe me one

Perhaps you read my earlier post about applying for API use with LinkedIn's developer program, or the followup post, or Ed's erudite comment on that second post.  In any case, I decided to try it again, just in case something got lost in translation the first time.

Usually, doing the same thing and expecting different results is considered crazy, but we all push the elevator button harder if it doesn't come, and sure enough, I got something different this time:


So I figure there are two main possibilities:

  1. Something didn't work right the first time - I failed to properly submit the form, LinkedIn's database burped, the email wasn't sent or wasn't received, etc.
  2. LinkedIn has changed their system since I first tried it - they added the auto-responder email or changed something else, either in response to my commentary or despite it.

Either way, good on LinkedIn for sending this small bit of humanity to applicants.  This message is friendly enough, and it gives them coverage for never replying - or more to the point, never explaining their decision - to the applicant.  This is pretty standard stuff and is quite reasonable.  If they ever respond after this, only time will tell.

3 Responses

  1. Greg
    Anything else ever come of this? I'm on the verge of trying to start this process myself and want some idea of what to expect..
  2. Nope. I haven't heard anything else from LinkedIn about my application, and as of this comment, they have the same ten apps they had in January. They might still be reviewing new apps, but it seems more likely to me that this program is on hold at best. Good luck.
  3. Alex
    Yea this is the response they send anyone who fills our their API inquiry form. Just sent one in a few hours ago and got the exact same email minutes later. Guess I'm gonna have to tell the boss that LinkedIn Integration isn't going to happen anytime in the near future.

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