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Is it possible to connect Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange) accounts with LinkedIn network? Is it possible to insert your stats into LinkedIn?

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I've tried to collect all the information about this question. Maybe this helps someone in the future.

  • In this discussion I've found several valuable things:

    1. There is no official way to include your SO flair.
    2. It's not difficult to create this kind of application for LinkedIn.
    3. You can do this using a hack with Google Presentations but to my point of view it looks ugly.
  • In this discussion people show that SO and LinkedIn companies should make an agreement in order this app to be developed.

So we have a problem of a chicken and an egg. Nobody wants to develop this app before SO and LI have an agreement. And SO and LI do not want to make this agreement because nobody has tried to make this application.

I think we should create a request to LI and SO to develop this feature.

EDIT: Recently, I've discovered that it is possible to add links to your LI profile (summary section). Thus, using this feature you may add link to your SO flair into this section and it will display the flair for your SO profile.

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I have it in my LinkedIn profile for about 2 years IIRC. Works like a charm. Shows my combined flair (you can use SO flair if you prefer), displays reputation and number of badges, updates automagically.

Step by step instructions on how to do that are provided eg here:

  1. First of all, make sure that you are in edit profile mode.
  2. Scroll down to your Summary section, your Experience section, or your Education section.
  3. Click on the add media link that looks like the little square box between the pen and the positioning arrow.
  4. Add your link. (Your video, image, document or presentation must have a URL address)
  5. Once you've added the link, you can edit the title field and description.
  6. Then all you have to do is hit save. And you've got your video your image your presentation smack dab in the middle of your LinkedIn profile.

http://i.stack.imgur.com/909D0.png

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It may work, IMHO it's quite ugly the way it is being displayed (with that huge border around it and necessary Title under it). –  LihO Jan 27 at 17:14
    
@LihO what does it mean "can work", it's just works for me for quite a while. As for the title, my understanding is, it's optional. If you believe that it's not needed, simply omit it - see step 5 in instructions quoted "Once you've added the link, you can edit the title field and description." –  gnat Jan 27 at 20:42
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No, sorry, I mean... it works. It really does. I just don't like the way it is displayed, but that's the fault of LinkedIn :) –  LihO Jan 27 at 20:53
    
it says "Sorry, there was a problem processing your request. Please try again." plz help –  Neel May 8 at 9:49
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I just checked - my flair is shown and up-to-date. Okay, here's what I would do to troubleshoot things: 1) learn which side to blame - try uploading some other, non-flair image (from both local computer and from Internet). If it loads, it means LinkedIn side is okay 2) check if i set correct URL for a flair - in your case it should be http://stackoverflow.com/users/flair/1997103.png 3) check if I can load this image to my local computer instead of LinkedIn and view it there –  gnat May 8 at 10:53
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thanx a lot it works @gnat –  Neel May 15 at 6:13
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To remove the border you can add ?theme=clean or ?theme=dark or ?theme=hotdog to the end of the image URL e.g. http://stackoverflow.com/users/flair/1997103.png?theme=clean –  chridam Oct 14 at 9:41

Yeah, if LinkedIn profile allows to show images, yes.

Use Flair, more about Flairs here:

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/flair

Here's mine

profile for Martin at Meta Stack Overflow, Q&A for the Stack Exchange engine powering these sites

or combined/summarized

profile for Martin on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

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I know about this feature. Moreover, you can create profile in StackExchange Careers and put it link. But I want to find standard way how to do this. In LinkedIn I have not found any place where I can put this information. Maybe there is an application or smthg similar that is available for stackexchange. –  Yury Feb 5 '12 at 21:45

The earlier methods of sharing flair are deprecated and will go away eventually. Please use the simpler image flair from this point onward!

See http://stackoverflow.com/users/flair for the new way (current as of Jan 2014) to create a flair.

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Isn't stackoverflow (SO) and LinkedIn have competing business models? I believe stackoverflow and LinkedIn would never allow integration with each others network.

Both have a strong social networking elements. Where as SO's reputation a far superior metric for endorsing ones knowledge; as it comes from other techies reviewing your answers with much more insight and technical depth. Where as LinkedIn's endorsements are kind of shallow.

Recently recruiters have started using SO to search candidates and contacting them. I have been contacted couple of times

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Why the down votes? would you like to explain if you disagree. If you have successfully posted your live stackoverflow profile on LinkedIn? –  Waqas Aug 14 at 14:29
    
I think you're right but also wrong at the same time. The primary purpose of SO has always been to help fellow programmers. Expanding to "jobs" is just a side effect. Whereas LinkedIn has always been a professional social network. Yes you're right that SO looks as a competition, but really isn't. You could say the same thing about GitHub. –  Michal Oct 4 at 13:11

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