Show live feed of group's discussions on a website?

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Joined: 2011-11-17
Nov 30, 2011
Show live feed of group's discussions on a website?

We would like to display a live feed of one of our LinkedIn group's discussion feeds on our website. The plug-ins do not appear to support this? Any suggestions?

Jeremy Johnstone's picture
Joined: 2011-04-17
Dec 1, 2011

Hi Carrie,

Currently, there isn't any way to do this via a plugin. You can however do this using our Javascript and REST APIs.

-Jeremy

David Brewer's picture
Joined: 2012-01-27
Jan 27, 2012

Hi Jeremy, can you point me to the page where I can learn more about his, please? Thanks David

Jeremy Johnstone's picture
Joined: 2011-04-17
Jan 27, 2012

Hello David,

Our groups API documentation is available here: https://developer.linkedin.com/documents/groups

Have you already looked it over? If not, can you do so and then ping us with questions you have around implementation details.

Thanks!

-Jeremy

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Joined: 2012-02-12
Feb 12, 2012

Hi Jeremy,

I'm in the middle of project and and the client want to show discussion group on their website, is it something possible?

do you have any idea how to implement this?

I saw you comment on this thread BTW, https://developer.linkedin.com/forum/how-get-group-discussions-popularity-and-recency-website#comment-12013

Cheers,

Dave

Kirsten Hunter's picture
Joined: 2011-06-30
Feb 13, 2012

It's definitely possible, but there is no plugin for this, so you need to familiarize yourself with the Javascript API and then make Raw calls to get the groups posts. Note that at this time there is no way to show information on your website unless the viewer has authenticated with LInkedIn, so that may be an issue for your client.

Joe Marino's picture
Joined: 2011-07-19
Mar 8, 2012

facebook and others make this so easy to do - why are these plugins so disjointed or nonexistent with linkedin? trying to get my business to use and integrate it more but you are making it very hard for us - not all of us have time to wade through api documents, etc. (only then to have it not even work as I can't even get the simple profile plugin to work on my site)

Mary Makowsky's picture
Joined: 2012-01-11
Mar 25, 2012

I agree with Joe. This is way too complicated. Even just some sample pages with different implementations would be helpful. A step by step tutorial would be even better. Most social media marketers are not developers and should be able to implement this on sites on their own.

Sang Lee's picture
Joined: 2011-09-23
Mar 27, 2012

Hi everyone -- quick clarification question for Kristen and Jeremy. We have a closed/private LinkedIn group and we want to pull 3 or 4 recent discussions from this group and display them on our corporate website. One would assume that code on our webserver would authenticate using a group owner's credentials (or similar API user credentials) and then use API calls to grab the data and display on the website. But having read the discussions below, it seems like this is not possible:

https://developer.linkedin.com/forum/how-get-group-discussions-popularity-and-recency-website
https://developer.linkedin.com/forum/show-live-feed-groups-discussions-website

Before we dive into the details of authentication and API -- can someone at LinkedIn confirm whether our high-level requirement is feasible to implement? And if so, what the best approach? It seems odd that individual end users have to authenticate with LinkedIn when they're just hitting our website; we understand that if they click on content that is hyperlinked to LinkedIn that they will need to authenticate to access the closed/private group but that is not what we're trying to address here. Thank you in advance!

Paul Mennega's picture
Joined: 2009-11-30
Mar 27, 2012

Hi Sang.

In a nutshell, you can only display data pulled from the API to authenticated LinkedIn users. In fact, the data the user sees is pulled ON BEHALF of the user, using their permissions, connections, group memberships as a basis for what the user can see (just like on LinkedIn.com in that people that aren't a member of a private group can't see the contents). So in your case, with a private group, the only people that would be able to see the posts would be those that have authenticated your app to pull data on their behalf, and are also members of the private group.

Hope this helps clarify things for you,

Paul

Sang Lee's picture
Joined: 2011-09-23
Mar 27, 2012

Thank you for the quick reply Paul. I understand what you're describing -- but if I'm the group owner, can I not just use my credentials to have our website code pull group discussions on my behalf and then just throw that data into HTML output?

Cheers,
Sang

Paul Mennega's picture
Joined: 2009-11-30
Mar 27, 2012

Hi Sang.

It might be technically possible but it is a problem in two ways. First, it breaks the API Guidelines (take a look at 1.3):

https://developer.linkedin.com/documents/linkedin-platform-guidelines

Secondly, it runs counter to the basic security/trust model of the LinkedIn platform. For example, if I am not a member of this private group, I shouldn't be able to see the topics discussed in it when I attempt to view it on LinkedIn.com - but if I go to your site, now I can see them. People in this private group are assuming privacy from non-members, but now their posts are now exposed to all eyes, including searchbots.

In a nutshell, use of the API has to be done through the viewers eyes, obeying all of the limitations of that viewer, exactly like on LinkedIn.com.

Paul

Sang Lee's picture
Joined: 2011-09-23
Mar 27, 2012

Roger that -- thanks again for the quick reply and the information. Cheers.

Paul Mennega's picture
Joined: 2009-11-30
Mar 27, 2012

No problem Sang, let us know if there is anything else we can help with.

Paul

James Mason's picture
Joined: 2012-02-15
Apr 1, 2012

I agree with Joe and Mary. We are using a developer to use the Linkedin API to attempt to re-create the linkedin group discussion and member directory format. It seems such a waste and having a widget or plugin that does this would seem a lot more logical that you could embed into a page of code to pull up the forum using the unique group identifier. A clumsy way would be to just pull up the unique group discussion or directory using iframes to display it but that again isn't an ideal solution. Are there any plans to create some sort of pulgin to perform this function? It would be extremely helpful to businesses and help leverage Linkedin deeper within organizations.

regards

James

Jeremy Johnstone's picture
Joined: 2011-04-17
Apr 2, 2012

Hi James,

Per LinkedIn policy, we in Developer Relations can not comment on future roadmap plans.

-Jeremy

James Mason's picture
Joined: 2012-02-15
Apr 2, 2012

OK, noted Jeremy. I'll keep the fingers crossed that it does pop up in future.

Ian Bailey's picture
Joined: 2012-05-08
May 8, 2012

Just to add my +1 - I'd find a website plug-in for LI discussions incredibly useful. Let's hope it's in the pipeline, and if you need any beta testers, let me know

Eric Schultz's picture
Joined: 2012-06-11
Jun 11, 2012

I'll second that @Ian ... Group Plug-In please...

Barry May's picture
Joined: 2012-05-11
Jul 20, 2012

I've come late to this discussion which is helpful but does not result in the answer I want. Give us a group plug-in, LinkedIn, or risk getting left behind. Clients shouldn't have to jump through these hoops.

Kevin Rowe's picture
Joined: 2012-08-05
Aug 5, 2012

I'm not sure this will for you, but you can set up a routine that renders a discussion in to a pdf or xml file. In essence taking a snapshot of the discussion. It is not live but you need to be very careful with live feeds anyway, discussions need to be vetted before publishing in a corporate enviroment

Kathy Graham's picture
Joined: 2012-07-09
Aug 27, 2012

Hi All, I created a Private group but the posts are public to everyone's network. For the life of me, I can't find how to change the settings to make all "private group" posts private to the group and not shared by everyone's network. Can you help? LinkedIn support is less than desirable...I've Googled and all and can't find a thing. Has anyone figured out a way to keep private group posts limited to the private group?

Ellie Denter's picture
Joined: 2012-09-14
Sep 14, 2012

I am currently building a website for a friend and they want to show their (public) groups posts on their site.

Is the following still true "Note that at this time there is no way to show information on your website unless the viewer has authenticated with LInkedIn, so that may be an issue for your client"

So there is no way for me to just show all the groups post on my site unless they have authenticated themselves. That seems strange..

Paul Mennega's picture
Joined: 2009-11-30
Sep 14, 2012

@Ellie - This is correct - the basic thinking is that anything that a user would need to have a LinkedIn.com account to view, such as group posts, should also require API authentication.

Saskia Van Der Linden's picture
Joined: 2012-09-24
Sep 24, 2012

I agree with James, Ian, Eric, Barry, and all the others. We want to create trafic from our site to the discusions of our LinkedIngroup.

Give us a group plug-in or API, for public(!) discussions.

Kevin Thanks!

Simon Duncan's picture
Joined: 2012-10-30
Oct 30, 2012

Couldn't agree more. I can easily add my twitter feed and my facebook page posts to the website with a selection of plugins. I really want to be able to do this for a particular group too. Come on LI.

Subharanjan Mantri's picture
Joined: 2012-02-27
Nov 5, 2012

Hi Paul, according to this: https://developer.linkedin.com/comment/18376#comment-18376 , posts those are visible to public on linkedin.com, without requiring linkedin.com account can be displayed on personal websites too ?

Example: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Women-Inventors-Network-3983917
I can see the "Most Popular Discussions" with out logging in. Am I correct ? So, whatever is displayed here, can also be displyed on websites fetched using Groups API. Pls suggest.

Thanks

Paul Mennega's picture
Joined: 2009-11-30
Nov 5, 2012

@Subharanjan - the post you linked to, by me, says the opposite, that API content generally requires a LinkedIn account, as does LinkedIn.com. Of course, that being said, there are always cases where LinkedIn, being the owners of the site, APIs, etc, will make use of them in ways that are not possible off-site.

In short, there is no way to use the APIs as you wish and keep in compliance with the Terms of Use.

Louis Bouwer's picture
Joined: 2012-06-24
Nov 26, 2012

I would love to have a PUBLIC discussion group plugin to replicate my discussion group's "Latest Updates" section into my web page.

Paul Schena's picture
Joined: 2012-12-05
Dec 18, 2012

I am investigating doing this for a client - embedding the group discussion feed into their website.
Sounds like the only sticking point is authentication - as long as people log in with their LI account, it should all work, is that right?
This does not seem too onerous if it works after authenticating.

Can anyone confirm if this is the case?
Also, if anyone has experience with doing something like this, looking for a Dev!

Joined: 2012-08-23
Dec 19, 2012

When i click a linkedin button in my site . it find i already logged with linkedin means , it clear the existing logged in session. i need an api for force logout of liknedin

Ross Liversidge's picture
Joined: 2013-01-11
Jan 14, 2013

As a bit of feedback, I'm representing one of the groups in LinkedIn trying to encourage Interim Managers in the North to promote their own field. We're building a website for the group, and it would have been helpful to display the "Latest Updates" on LI in a box to both show activity and encourage professionals to sign up to LI and take part.

As it is, there's now talk of setting up a private forum on the site which will take away traffic from LI and make it a bit redundant.

Judging by this discussion is it not about time that LI create some tools for users to help promote the LI system instead of actively blocking them from doing so? Just seems backwards for a social media website.

Billy Bowyer's picture
Joined: 2013-01-16
Jan 16, 2013

My +1 I have client that is part of a community group Australia and New Zealand wide, they really want to embed their linkedIn Discussion onto their website instead of creating a forum, the already have a large number of their members using the discussion. They really want to keep the discussion readily available as a tool for their members to use, BUT they do not want their members to have to bounce back and forth from their website to LinkedIn.

Seems strange that this thread has had continuous positive feedback for a year for the development of a plugin that would embed a discussion , yet no steps taken from LI. Facebook and Twitter both do this.

Are LinkedIn coming to the table with the goods?

Sudipta Nandi's picture
Joined: 2012-12-06
Jan 24, 2013

When one of my contacts simply shares a post in updates from LinkedIn Home without adding any comment, the shared content is coming as undefined. We are using the IN.API.NetworkUpdates API

Joined: 2012-09-05
Feb 2, 2013

With some file_get_contents and mb_eregi_replace you dont have a login.

Example: http://www.publishonline.nl/link_bla2.php made this for a client: http://www.samenbetervoorkinderen.nl/internetcafe/overzicht/ is live and working or is this not what you mean with this discussion?

Malcolm Ramsay's picture
Joined: 2013-01-18
Feb 6, 2013

Does anyone know if a plugin is in the works?

Guus Beltman's picture
Joined: 2012-01-02
Feb 7, 2013

Hi Marcus,

So I guess the PHP code just utilizes screen scraping techniques? Can you elaborate a bit more on the technical implementation?

Best regards,
Guus

Janel Fletcher's picture
Joined: 2013-02-10
Feb 10, 2013

Did anyone ever answer your question? I'm having the same problem.

Damien Elsing's picture
Joined: 2012-11-11
Feb 26, 2013

Hey everyone, I am having a plugin developed now that performs these functions.

You can keep track of the progress via the following link: http://www.linkedingroupsforwp.com

Abzetdin Adamov's picture
Joined: 2013-03-29
Mar 29, 2013

I think at least it's strange that LinkedIn keep silent when they see strong demand for specific service from active users of platform. It's also obvious that this service will significantly increase the reach and interest to this platform from those that have not used it yet. Regarding to development, it's not big issue for the company that employ hundreds (or thousands) developers. The question is that how much value company pays to users' opinion...

Jack Zheng's picture
Joined: 2011-11-15
Apr 5, 2013

+1. LinkedIn should be more open and web 2.0 on this. A feed on group discussions is a very basic feature for web 2.0 and mashup.

Robert van Ewijk's picture
Joined: 2013-04-24
Apr 24, 2013

Hi Damien,
When do you think the plugin will go live?
Regards,
Robert

Subharanjan Mantri's picture
Joined: 2012-02-27
May 16, 2013

Now that there is something new in Linked In privacy policy http://www.linkedin.com/legal/pop/pop-privacy-policy , is it now possible to legally display a public groups feed in a public website ?

Sachin Sankeshwari's picture
Joined: 2011-09-02
Jun 7, 2013

Havent LinkedIn created any widget for it..

Joined: 2013-05-20
Jun 12, 2013

Hi guys I have used the code sample for connecting to linkedin but how to ask for the reauthorize or relogin once user logout from the linkedin or other user login to the linkedin
The code is displaying the content of the old user only . please help

Julien Gobi's picture
Joined: 2011-09-13
Aug 8, 2013

Hi everyone,
I would like to pull the last discussion from a public group with LinkedIn API to display it on a website.
About the Authentication, I don't want to display the feed only for authenticated user but for everybody, is that possible ?
Thank you.

DARRYL ALISTO's picture
Joined: 2013-08-28
Aug 28, 2013

please view my group does not work

eric klein's picture
Joined: 2013-01-09
Sep 5, 2013

hey guys.... would like to know, when will a app be available for plugin into and HTML script page? it's a bit pointless not to be able to display a live feed of your activity on your site... otherwise what's the point of having a LinkedIn profile at all, may as well use FB and google +

Hrvoje Znaor's picture
Joined: 2013-10-23
Oct 23, 2013

Hi Damien

Is there any chance to expand this plugin http://www.linkedingroupsforwp.com
http://www.linkedingroupsforwp.com
to support Joomla 3 as well?
I'm looking for option how to display content from specified Linkedin group(s) in joomla website.
If you don't plan to support Joomla as plugin with installer, I can hardcode whatever is needed by using Joomla Custom HTML feature, and add all necessary scripts in Joomla template.
Regards

Joined: 2013-12-03
Dec 3, 2013

Hi, i have used the Raw Api calls with rest from javascript. http://prntscr.com/28fd2f Why I can only somme times and in somme browsers can see the user profile. What gives??? I have this project for an important client.

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Joined: 2013-12-05
Dec 5, 2013

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