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I, like many of you, am an avid LinkedIn user.  For me, LinkedIn is an excellent tool that I use on a regular basis to network with people in my industry and occupation, and to research new leads and opportunities.  I am also a member of other social networking sites, but given time constraints, I often do not take the time to update my various online profiles.  I would imagine that this is a pretty common scenario.

As a product manager of the SAP Community Network (SCN), I am often asked similar questions by our members about making available SCN user profile information on LinkedIn.  Because our members develop a reputation over time through their contributions and community involvement, they would like to be able to take that with them to other social networking sites.

To address this very question, today we are launching the SAP Community Bio, an application you install on your LinkedIn profile that pulls data from your SCN business card.  Here are the particulars of the application.  The SAP Community Bio pulls your SCN membership status which is linked back to your SCN business card, total number of points, areas of expertise, active contributor status, SAP Mentor status, and links to your most recent blogs on SCN.  Here is a screenshot of my SAP Community Bio:

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This application installs just like other LinkedIn applications.  The installation process is simple and will require that you authenticate it on SCN in order to complete the installation.  You can learn more about this application and start the installation process by visiting the SAP Community Bio page on SCN.

Once installed, this application appears on your LinkedIn public profile page, the page that other LinkedIn visitors will see. In essence, your contribution to the SCN and your expertise now can be extended to the entire LinkedIn community.  So, if for example you are a Business Intelligence (BI) consultant and write blogs on the topic, users who are looking for BI consultants on LinkedIn will see that you are an expert in the field with links to your most recent blogs on SCN. Pretty powerful stuff, eh!?

The next step in the evolution of community and user profile integration is a SCN application which pulls information from LinkedIn, thereby enriching your SCN business card with your LinkedIn profile information and connections. The exact details of this are still under discussion, but I would love to hear from you what you feel are the most important features to include in this next application.

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  1. Jarret Pazahanick
    Hi Scott

    I think the Linkedin-SDN integration is a great thing. Is there something that you have to do for the blogs to show up as I have written several in the past and even one that got published last night (Linkedin App set up on Friday) and it does not show on my profile.

    Great work.

    Jarret

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      1. Jon Reed
        Scott, nice work so far –

        Have the widget running on my profile and it looks really good.

        Might be cool in the future to feature top contributor status also on the widget.

        As you noted the “recent weblogs” aspect isn’t working yet.

        Increased integration between SCN and LinkedIn is a big win in my opinion.

        – Jon

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  2. Adam Szigeti
    Hi Scott,

    I am trying to install the app at LinkedIn, but it fails to authorize (“SAP Community Bio Authorization”). It says I should click on the unique code below, but there is actually nothing to click on. I have tried it from Chrome 3.0 and Firefox 3.5.3 as well, but it did not work in any of them

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    1. Ethan Jewett
      Adam,

      I tried it in Safari and had the same issue. Eventually made my way to a PC with IE and it worked there. Seems to be a bit of a theme lately…

      Ethan

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        1. Scott Lawley Post author
          So, it worked for IE 8.  That is interesting to know.  I will raise this issue with our development team and make sure there are no issues.

          Regards,
          Scott

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  3. Gregory Misiorek
    Scott,

    great tool! i did try doing the hookup in the past and the authorization seems to have finally worked for my linkedin profile. however, the points didn’t get transferred. not that i have too many of them, but i was under the impression that some of them should make it. is there a delay? i’m assuming the bio is only visible under the full profile.

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmisiorek

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    1. Scott Lawley Post author
      Hi Greg,

      Yes, there does seem to be a latency on the display of some data.  We are aware of this and working on performance enhancements right now.

      Regards,
      Scott

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  4. Scott Lawley Post author
    There appears to be a performance issue with the display of recent weblogs.  We are investigating this matter and will have a resolution as soon as possible.

    Thank you.
    Scott

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  5. Mike Ghasemi
    Hello Scott,

    Well done for connecting SCN to Linkedin.

    I am developing the Malaysia SAP Users Group MSUG and wondering if you can help to connect SCN to this site as well. The objective is to create a community of SAP users and consultants in Malaysia. Basically it’s a mini linkedin!

    Please let me know.

    Regards,

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  6. I have linked my SDN profile to my LinkIN profile, but the SDN details like Forum Points are not coming in my LinkedIN profile. What may be the reason.
    Someone can help me in this to resolve the same?

    Regards
    Amitesh Anand

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    1. Amitesh – I had this issue and I was able to fix it by:

      a) Went to my SCN profile > update business card and checking the option to display contribution points on the business card

      b) Making sure I clicked on the activation link displayed at the bottom of the SCN login verification screen from the linkedin app.

      HTH…

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  7. Hi Scott,

    Great feature added. However it doesn’t seem to work for me…getting this error every time I try to login to SCN from my LinkedIn profile to connect:

    Sorry, the page or document you’ve requested can’t be found on our site (404 error). It may have been moved or removed, or (yikes!) the site may be down.

    Not sure if this is a LinkedIn issue or SCN issue!!

    Cheers,
    Sarang

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  8. Juan Reyes
    Hi Scott,

    I changed my SCN password and since my SAP Community Bio in Linkedin display no points…. I have deleted and added the application and does not make any difference.

    Is this a Bug?

    Regards
    Juan

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  9. Roberto DONEDA

    Dear Scott,

    same question as here above made by Gregor.

    I’ve also asked to enter into the SCN group over LinkedIn but still awating a reply.

    And also the link between the the SAP Community Bio and LinkedIn, doesn’t work at all over various browsers and languages setup.

    May I have a reply about?

    Best regards.

    Roberto.

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