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Get Network Updates and Statistics API

The Get Network Updates API returns the users network updates, which is the LinkedIn term for the user's feed. This call returns most of what shows up in the middle column of the home page, either for the member or the member's connections.

Note: Before using this API make sure you understand LinkedIn's OAuth Authentication Model.

Network Updates

Returns a feed of event items. Each item contains a core set of information, such as when it occured, what type of event took place, and whether you can comment and like the item.

However, the format of the event's information can vary widely from type to type. Information about changing a profile is not similar to the status published by an application. Each event type needs to be parsed differently.

We may periodically add new event types to this feed, or deprecate old ones. Note that the API returns the latest 50 updates only for type SHAR or RECU or CMPY. If you have updates of other types then it can fetch up to 250 updates or updates in the last 20 days whichever comes first.


To retrieve the member's updates:

To retrieve the member's first-degree connection updates:

To retrieve updates from 1st degree connections of the authenticated user (privacy restrictions will apply):


Parameter Required? Possible Values
scope no self to return member's feed. Omitted to return aggregated network feed.
type no Any valid Network Update Type from the table below. Types must be in all capital letters. To specify more than one Network Update type, add the type parameter to the resource URL for each type.
count no # of updates to return, with a maximum of 250
start no The offset by which to start Network Update pagination
after no timestamp after which to retrieve updates for (Ex: 1243834824000) note: precision is milliseconds since the epoch
before no timestamp before which to retrieve updates for (Ex: 1243834824000) note: precision is milliseconds since the epoch
show-hidden-members no true or false. default is false. Whether to display updates from people the member has chosen to "hide" from their update stream.

Example Parameter Usage

To return up to 50 Status and Picture Updates, starting with the 50th update of those types:

Network Update Types

See Network Update Types for more information on how each network update type is structured and can be interpreted.

Code Update Type Description
CMPY Company Follow Updates

A change to one of the companies the member is following.

Return type:

  • CMPY: A change to company information, personnel (new hire, position change, departure), or a job.
CONN Connection Updates

These updates cover aspects of connections made on LinkedIn. They cover both the user connecting and the user's connections making connections (second degree connections).

Return types:

  • CONN: A connection has added connections to their network. This update indicates who those new connections are.
JOBS Posted a job

A connection has posted a job posting on LinkedIn

JGRP Joined a group A connection has joined a group.
PICT Changed a picture

A connection has updated their profile picture.

Return types:

  • PICU
PFOL People Follow Updates

The authenticated user or one of their connections has started to follow another member. Currently, only LinkedIn Influencers can be followed

PRFX Extended profile update

A connection has updated their extended profile, personal information such as phone number, IM account, and Twitter handle.

Return types:

  • PRFX
RECU Recommendations

A connection was recommended

Return types:

  • PREC
  • SVPR
PRFU Changed profile

A connection has updated their profile. This does not include picture updates, which are covered under PICT type.

The fields updated are returned in the XML. Since the first name, last name, and headline are always returned for each update, if those are the only fields you see, then you can assume that the change was to the headline.

Return types:

  • PROF
SHAR Shared item

A connection has shared an update or link.

Return types:

  • SHAR: A connection has shared an update or link.
VIRL Viral update

A connection has commented on or liked another update.

Return types:

  • VIRL

Sample XML Responses

All returns follow a standard pattern with variation in the update details section:

  • updates: total number of updates and pagination information in attributes
  • update: a specific update
  • timestamp: when the event occured, in mili-seconds since Unix epoch time
  • update-key: unique identifier for the event, similar to an id
  • update-type: kind of event, values listed above
  • update-content: information on event, schema varies based on type
  • is-commentable, is-likeable, is-liked: whether the event accepts comments and likes, or if the event has been liked. Booleans.
  • num-likes: number of members who have liked the event
<updates total="250" start="0" count="10">
        <headline>Certified eBay Trading Asst & Power/TOP Seller of ANTIQUE WESTERN ITEMS</headline>
        <current-status>I new I had a good plan & then I get this...Seller Special: 50% OFF SALE2 days only! Feb 9-10 #Ebay</current-status>
          <headers total="1">

Network Updates Comments and Likes

Some Network Updates may allow and/or contain comments and or likes. To learn how to retrieve a complete set of comments and likes for a update, or how to add a comment or like, read Commenting On &amp; Reading Comments and Likes in Network Updates.

Creating Network Updates

Read Post Network Update to learn how to create your own network updates.

Network Statistics

Information about the member's network, such as how many connections they have one and two degrees away.


Sample XML Response

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<network-stats total="2">
  <property key="degree-1-count">123</property>
  <property key="degree-2-count">13633</property>