Members connecting thru LinkedIn integration, eHarmony-like interface
I'm hoping some folks have some ideas for us. This may be too big for "wishlist" and maybe there is a workaround that I'm not seeing.
We have two big things we'd like to do with our membership via our WA site:
1. Create a robust membership directory without asking our members to recreate the wheel. Most of our members are on LinkedIn and have spent considerable time building profiles there. We'd love to be able to integrate with LinkedIn so that when one member is surfing the member directory, she'd see the info included in another member's LI profile. We find that our members do not want to invest the time and energy into recreating that kind of profile for "just" our directory.
2. Create a eHarmony or OKcupid-like interface for connecting members for mentoring and coaching relationships. We have a boring questionnaire that we use to get the information from members and we even recently "upgraded" it to a SurveyMonkey survey so it's an "online application" for mentoring/coaching, but we'd love to be able to build it into the WA system so that the info is stored within member records, there is some kind of facilitated communication, etc. We don't necessarily need it to be automated like the dating sites, but we'd like that kind of interface. This one might be pie-in-the-sky, but I'd love to know if anyone out there is doing anything like it.
Thanks for any info and examples anyone can share!
Molly, I have seen LinkedIn change their API for pulling profile data ove the past years. They have had difficulty with security using their current methods. I have seen sign in/sign up but I have noticed LinkedIn is more protective of their data (profile data). From a competitive/strategic POV it doesn't help LinkedIn to let us pull out all the data to make "another" place for members to socialize. They don't really want that to happen.