It stands for Application Programming Interface and refers to a collection of programming tools that allow information stored on one site to be shared with another site based on a request for information using a unique identifier. The data is often returned in XML format which means that is compatible with all programming languages and between all platforms.
Every object on Viadeo has a unique ID which can be used to call the information attached to it including any relationships or connections that exist between the objects. An object might be a member, an event or a job and connections might be professional relationships, shared articles and newsfeed comments.
The main difference lies in the social graph of the members who use the sites. Viadeo is used by professionals looking to enhance their careers by making new professional connections, developing existing business relationships and sharing or recommending relevant industry content. In contrast, Facebook users tend to use the site as a social utility primarily for more personal connections such as friends and relatives.
The API will work on any media platform where your service already functions.
If error-handling code is built into the API then in the unlikely event of any server downtime all your site visitors will see is [This service is currently unavailable] and the rest of the site will continue to function normally.
Yes all information is transmitted through a secure server.
In order for the API to access a member’s Viadeo profile from an external site the member will have to allow the access by authenticating their account details.
Use the Request an API Key page to get your “oauth_consumer_key” and “oauth_consumer_secret” which will identify your site or application to Viadeo. This will only need to be done once.
This is only dependent on the design and coding of your own system and is not impacting by using our API.
The API is language and platform independent with requests taking the form of a standard internet URI and data returned in XML format.
Yes, there is a threshold limitation applied to partners and users, please see here for quota details.
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