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Developers Get LinkedIn Group API

Social networking platform for professionals, LinkedIn, has dished out the LinkedIn Groups API for developers.

LinkedIn informed in a blog post that the API will allow developers to embed core Groups functionality within websites, tools for professionals and mobile apps.

The company, which has more than one million Groups on its platform, said that the Groups API can be used within applications to bring Groups functionality like Group discussions by popularity and recency, ‘My Group Memberships’, suggested Groups, the ability to post new Group discussion, the ability to comment, like and follow group discussions and establish new contacts.

LinkedIn also revealed that Microsoft had used the new Group API on the event website for its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011.

“This initiative is part of Microsoft’s larger social media efforts that reaches across multiple channels and beyond this event to ensure an ongoing dialogue with its partner community throughout the year,” the company said.

A recent Microsoft Partner Network survey revealed that 53 percent of the partners used LinkedIn. By integrating LinkedIn Groups with its partner event website, Microsoft is looking to boost the growth of its partner community.