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Last Updated: Nov 01, 2013 03:37PM EDT

LinkedIn is regarded as the most "professional" of the social media websites. Its "live resume" format makes it clear that business is the focus.

Embedding LinkedIn Content

LinkedIn provides many options for embedding static content in external websites. Individual LinkedIn profiles can be easily linked and embedded in HTML pages through widgets.  However, much of the LinkedIn content that would be of value to professional associations is not available via RSS feeds. Specifically, discussions and jobs listings for specific LinkedIn Groups are not RSS-enabled.

 

Regardless, visit http://developer.linkedin.com/community/widgets to access official LinkedIn developer support and the complete list of plugins and widgets.

Filling Profile Fields from LinkedIn

The option to pull-in demographic information from LinkedInto fill Profile page Content Items has been established.  This eliminates the need to copy/paste or re-key similar content from this social networking site. 

NOTE: If Higher Logic has integrated the profile picture, biographic, education, or job history data from your AMS then this control will temporarily overwrite that data in Higher Logic with the Linked In data.  A member’s data will revert to the AMS data after the next AMS refresh and they will lose the imported data from Linked In.  To prevent this, install Parameters listed below to restrict the pull-in from LinkedIn for fields you have integrated with the AMS as needed.

Installation

Installation requires creating two hidden pages with a single User Control Content Item under “My Profile” and creating a User Control Content Item on the Profile page itselfGlobal Admins should take the following steps to establish this functionality for LinkedIn:

 

Step 1: Creating the hidden LinkedIn Connect page

  1. Access the Navigation Page for the main site
  2. Expose the sub navigation for the “My Profile” page folder by clicking on the small plus sign next to the “My Profile” page folder.
  3. Select a page folder nested under “My Profile” such as the page folder for “My Postings” or “My Privacy Settings”.  Click on the name next to the folder icon.
  4. Create a New Page by clicking “New” on the toolbar on the left-hand “Navigation” side.  This will create a new page folder directly under the page folder selected in step 3 and allow you to immediately name the folder.
  5. Name the folder “LinkedIn Connect”. Use exactly this name and no other.
  6. With the “LinkedIn Connect” folder selected, click “Edit” on the toolbar on the left-hand “Navigation” side.  This will expose the Edit Navigation Page for LinkedIn Connect
  7. Verify and add content as needed to fill the URL Name field and Page Code name field with “LinkedInConnect”
  8. Under Show/Hide Navigation, select the middle radio button for “Hide this navigation but leave its content on the site”
  9. Click “Save”  This will return you to the Navigation Page and leave the “LinkedIn Connect” page highlighted in light-blue on the left-hand Navigation Side
  10. Create a Content Item for the LinkedIn Connect page by clicking “New” in the toolbar on the right-hand Content side. This will open an Enter/Edit Content Page.
  11. Name the new Content Item by inputting “LinkedIn Connect” in the top name field. 
  12. In the “Type of Content” area, select the radio button for “User Control
  13. In the User Control path or name field, paste in ds:LinkedInConnect
  14. Click Save.  This will return you to the Navigation Page.

Step 2: Creating the hidden LinkedIn Friends page

  1. On the Navigation Page, visually confirm that the Page Folder for LinkedIn Connect is selected.
  2. Create a New Page by clicking “New” on the toolbar on the left-hand “Navigation” side.  This will create a new page folder directly under “LinkedIn Connect” and allow you to immediately name the folder.
  3. Name the folder “LinkedIn Friends”.  Use exactly this name and no other.
  4. With the “LinkedIn Friends” folder selected, click “Edit” on the toolbar on the left-hand “Navigation” side.  This will expose the Edit Navigation Page for LinkedIn Friends.
  5. Verify the URL Name and Page Code names are filled with “LinkedInFriends”
  6. Under Show/Hide Navigation, select the middle radio button for “Hide this navigation but leave its content on the site”
  7. Click “Save”  This will return you to the Navigation Page and leave the “LinkedIn Friends” page highlighted in light-blue on the left-hand Navigation Side
  8. Create a Content Item for the LinkedIn Friends page by clicking “New” in the toolbar on the right-hand Content side. This will open an Enter/Edit Content Page.
  9. Name the new Content Item by inputting “LinkedIn Friends” in the top name field. 
  10. In the “Type of Content” area, select the radio button for “User Control”
  11. In the User Control path or name field, paste in ds:LinkedInFriends
  12. Click “Save”-- this will return you to the Navigation Page.

 

Step 3: Creating the User Control Content Item on the Profile page.

Note: this Control is installed on the “Profile” page, not “My Profile”.  Follow the instructions below carefully.

  1. Access the Navigation Page for the main site
  2. Expose the sub navigation for the “My Profile” page folder by clicking on the small “plus” sign next to the “My Profile” page folder.
  3. Select the Page folder for “Profile” on the left-hand Navigation side of the Navigation Page.  This will highlight “Profile” in a light-blue box and expose the list of Content Items on the right-hand Content side.
  4. While the Page Folder forProfile is selected, click “New” on the tool bar on the right-hand Content side of the Navigation Page.  This will open a Enter/Edit Content Page
  5. Enter the following into the fields of the Enter/Edit Content Page:
  6. Enter “Import from LinkedIn” in the top name field
  7. Select “5” in the Show Content In Section area
  8. Select “User Control” in the Type of Content field
  9. Input ds:SocialNetworkLink in the User Control path or field area
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