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LinkedIn To Share API, Remain Food-Free

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Even as everyone’s eyeing Facebook, LinkedIn intends to let third-party developers make applications for its site.  And here’s where, in my opinion, it’ll have an edge: LinkedIn intends to keep out silly crap.

“We have no interest in doing it like Facebook with an open A.P.I. letting people do whatever they want,” said Dan Nye, the CEO of LinkedIn, in an interview with Saul Hansell. “We’re not going to have people sending electronic hamburgers to each other.”

At this point, I should make clear that I’ve paid very little attention to my page on LinkedIn, while my Facebook profile is perfectly up to date.  Yet that comment makes me want to give LinkedIn another try.  If it’ll let me.  Because Nye went on to say some rather odd things.

In terms of LinkedIn’s users, “[t]he average income is $140,000,” Hansell related.  The U.S. Census Bureau believes only around 11.5 percent of all American households make between $100,000 and $150,000 per year, so that seems rather high.  Also, “Mr. Nye said he doesn’t consider LinkedIn to be a social network.”

Right.  Millions of Facebook users are probably in no hurry to switch over, then, and will continue to just put up with those hamburgers (and worse).

LinkedIn To Share API, Remain Food-Free


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  • Jimbo

    Hi Doug, according to Nielsen Media Research’s @Plan data, LinkedIn ranks #1 for composition of users with HHI of $150K+, so it appears Dan Nye is not far off the mark.

    • http://www.nonlinear.ca/blog/ Helen M. Overland

      The assumption that *every* person on LinkedIn has to make $140k for the total average to equal $140k is spurious, especially if you cap it off at $150k. (Even so, 11.5% of the US is a potential market of 34.6 million families).

      Let’s say we have 9 people using LinkedIn who earn $60k, and one person who earns $1,000,000.

      That means the average income of each of the 10 people is $154,000, which is entirely reasonable, given LinkedIn’s market.

      And there is no reason to limit LinkedIn’s potential market to just the US… there are lots of high-income earners from other countries using LinkedIn.

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