BranchOut is a LinkedIn killer

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In my last article on LinkedIn I made a distinction between LinekdIn applications and the API. The applications work on the LinkedIn profile, the API connects LinkedIn externally:

The API can be used by any developer. What exactly this can do I don't want to list in detail at this point, you can read that in the public blog of the LinkedIn developers.

The program that uses the API must be approved individually by the respective user. It can then access the profile and contact details of the person using it on LinkedIn. One should be aware of this fact.

The LinkedIn API has been around since November 2009.

I also picked out a few examples for the LinkedIn API. The first sentence always contains the link to the application.


One nice thing is about InMaps visualize his LinkedIn network. This program is from LinkedIn itself. Here the network is analyzed and clustered. I find it exciting how this works selectively.

You only have to do the titling yourself, the colored clusters are created automatically. You can "surf" the network like in Google Maps. When you spend some time on it, the connections that come out of it are amazing.

Each point visualizes a contact, whereby the networking within the contacts is also displayed. Short warning: in a network of 500 or more people, the creation takes some time. So the best thing to do is toast and be notified when it's done.


Another nice application that uses the LinkedIn API is VisualizeMe.

This application uses the profile data of the user in order to extract a visual representation of the curriculum vitae. Various topics are available for this. Nice detail on the side: For 29 $ you can also have a T-shirt printed with “Hire Me” on the front and your profile on the back.

To what extent this is practicable, not only I ask, but also you, HR expert Svenja Hofert, in a blog article. On the one hand, many companies demand the (supposed) standard, but on the other hand, the same thing often applies: First of all, stand out from the crowd.

Resume Builder

curriculum vitae

If we had the problem with VisualizeMe that the result is very trendy, there is still the Resume Builder. The results from this are fantastic across the board.

How to configure this I had already written in a blog article when the tool was released in December 2010.

Another advantage is that the Resume Builder is from LinkedIn itself and the data is not passed on to another provider.

This is connected via the API, since the program was created during a programming competition on LinkedIn. Why it has not yet been integrated is a mystery to me personally; it offers good added value. Little bit of wormwood: The application only generates "resumes", i.e. English-language résumés.


For a change. maybe not to be taken completely seriously: DropIn. A Tetrisclone that assembles the building blocks from the profile pictures of the contacts.

Maybe not necessarily a killer application for a business network, but nicely done and maybe also brings a little variety when playing with LinkedIn.

It's just a good thing that the profile pictures Angry Birds or Moorhuhn are not played with, as you might get some concerns….

Just a few examples of what the API can be used for. There are more examples (Infinity or Loftville, for example), but (maybe apart from DropIn) these were outstanding examples.

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