LinkedIn vs. XING [linkout gem]

I have to admit. I always didn’t like linkedIn, very bad UX and UI and features aren’t aligned enough to convince me that I should stay more than 5 minutes browsing it not to mention the absolute clutter at it’s news feed and how non-sense is it to follow and watch completely irrelevant posts and shares.

Anyway, since it’s the hub of all companies and jobs and leading(so-called) professional network I had to make a profile there and keep it updated as much as I can.

In May 2015 LinkedIn announced a change in API  they commented on this API change by saying

For many developers, we understand that today’s changes may be disappointing and disruptive, but we believe these changes will provide further clarity and focus on which types of integrations will be supported by LinkedIn.

And this year with high resolution image of Microsoft’s CEO and linkedIn’s Microsoft has acquired linkedIn

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.”

With that said I’m expecting no good from LinkedIn anymore except for helping Microsoft be a better in monopoly.

Hence I’ve developed  linkout ruby gem to allow scraping LinkedIn profile without the need of their API.

And I’m also developing a new app that uses this gem to port your profile to XING.

I’ll update this post when this app is ready so keep an eye on it.

Note: use linkout gem only to get your profile data not to scrap the whole linkedIn or else you’ll be violating ToS of linkedIn.


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