LinkedIn as a concept is great, but the Invite process is fairly laborious. That is probably why I have 160+ MyBlogLog community members and at time of writing, only 10 connections in LinkedIn.
- Dig up someone’s email address
- Add First Name
- Add Last Name
- Enter Email
- Change Message
- Enter Username and Password
How do I fix that… FAST?
So I had a look at the submission form and wondered if I could hack a one click invite button.
The form uses the POST method, thus nothing appears in the URL bar – POST is actually the correct method because submitting the form changes data.
However that doesn’t necessarily mean that GET wouldn’t work, it just needs converting.
First of all here is a handy little bookmarklet I picked up some time ago. What you do is fill in a form that uses POST, click this bookmarklet to convert the page to GET, and then submit the forum.
in the URL box you will then see a GET instruction URL that can be played with.
I made the emails extremely short – I will know the invites came from my button
I then removed excess data, because I didn’t need this for someone to invite 5 people, I just wanted it so people could invite me quickly if they wanted to.
I tested it inviting myself, and it seems to work, because I received an error message stating that you can’t invite yourself. :)
I created a nice button
<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/inviteMany?firstName.0=YOURFIRSTNAME&lastName.0=YOURLASTNAME&emailAddress.0=EMAILUSERNAME%40EMAILDOMAINNAME&subject=Join+Me+Now!&salutation=NAME&greeting=invite+for+you&invite=Send+Invitation%28s%29&inviteeID.0=&isMessageOptional=false&default_cell_count=1&contentTemplateID=std_inv_2e"><img src='http://cdn.andybeard.eu/wp-content/uploads/linkedin-fast-160x33.png' alt='LinkedIn Fast' /></a><br /><small>Just Click to Connect</small>
Things to Change:-
Your mileage may vary, but this seems to work. Licensed under GPL
If there is enough demand, I might make a small code generator for this so it creates the code for you.
Note this doesn’t break the system in any way, but you might get more invites :)
Update: I just received my first LinkedIn Connection using the button, so it certainly works