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search for linkedin users by first and last name in network #141

masterkrang opened this Issue Dec 5, 2012 · 5 comments


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I am trying to search linked in users by first and last name and so far I've come up with this:

@Profiles = linkedin_client.search(:first_name => fname, :last_name => lname, :sort => "connections", :fields => %w(id first-name last-name headline industry location api-standard-profile-request picture_url public_profile_url summary));

One question I have is, will ":first_name" work as the parameter "first-name"? What is mean is the underscore a good substitute for the dash ("-")?

The problem is that it will not return any results, even when I know the user's name exists. Thanks for the help!

Did you get this to work? When i specify fields, it doesnt work.


hexgnu commented Nov 13, 2013

When I try and use search all I get is a 403 from linkedin even though my client is authorized for r_network. I'll keep messing around with it and see what I can find.


hundredwatt commented Jan 18, 2014

@mmahalwy @hexgnu Is this possibly related to the notice on http://developer.linkedin.com/documents/people-search-api ?:

People Search API is a part of our Vetted API Access Program. You must apply here and
get LinkedIn's approval before using this API.

hundredwatt commented Nov 22, 2014

Just tried this and got an exception: 'lib/linked_in/helpers/request.rb:49:in `raise_errors': (400): Unknown field {id} in resource {PeopleSearch} (LinkedIn::Errors::GeneralError'

The call succeeds and returns results if I don't specify fields as an argument

@hundredwatt hundredwatt added the bug label Nov 22, 2014


hundredwatt commented Nov 22, 2014

This may be fixed by #186

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