LinkedIn Goes ‘3D’ with LinkedIn Connection Timeline

LinkedIn Web developer Gordon Koo used the professional networking site’s Hackday to add a third dimension to the site -- time -- as the LinkedIn Connection Timeline he created is now live.

LinkedIn Web developer Gordon Koo used the professional networking site’s Hackday to add a third dimension to the site — time — as the LinkedIn Connection Timeline he created is now live.

The LinkedIn Connection Timeline allows users to see connections they’ve made throughout their careers, and it is based on two Javascript application-programming-interface calls.

More details from Koo, via the LinkedIn Blog:

A few months ago, I found myself thinking about my connections and the nature of my LinkedIn network. There was an “aha!” moment where I realized that LinkedIn has a unique characteristic others lack — it is three-dimensional. The first dimension is the actual connection. The second is the implicit grouping of connections that tie the social graph together. Many social networks have these first two dimensions, but what makes LinkedIn’s network special is its third dimension: time.

Our users’ profiles describe a story of their career trajectories, from humble beginnings in college and your first job to the here and now. Once I had this epiphany, I thought it’d be cool to create a visualization that would enable LinkedIn users to view the connections they’ve made throughout the span of their careers. Using two simple Javascript API calls, I built an early prototype of what would eventually become the Connection Timeline.

As I began to add more visual elements to the timeline, I realized that I needed a designer to help me manage the clutter on the visual elements, while at the same time causing an aha moment when you see it scroll. I enlisted the help of my colleague Bruno Medeiros, who took a project that was rough around the edges and turned it into something really elegant and polished. The final product is what you see below.