And so the battle begun. After Twitter, is LinkedIn turn to get battling with some of the developers using its API.
It’s most obvious that what’s happened with the API restrictions imposed on Monster’s BeKnown and BranchOut (among others) is pretty much the result of the great exposure enjoyed by those two particular LinkedIn competitors recently.
Besides that, they seem to have been in breach of the T & C’s provided by LinkedIn.
According to an article published by TechCrunch BranchOut was:
“Charging fees for access to LinkedIn’s content, is a no-no, says the network.”
Monster was trying to rip the benefits from LinkedIn’s name and was:
“using the LinkedIn APIs to send messages to promote BeKnown (and thus profit from the API)”
Obviously enough LinkedIn is not going to stand by and let these guys take advantage of LinkedIn’s hard work.