LinkedIn has open sourced all the software that it had acquired in the acquisition of the search engine software maker IndexTank. Now LinkedIn has joined the elite few of social media platforms that have already made their internal codes available to the open source developer community.

This interesting piece of information was found on IT Pro Portal in their article, “LinkedIn Gives IndexTank Source Code to Open Source Community.” IndexTank is the same company that had previously deployed search systems at numerous other big Web companies, including the likes of BitTorrent, TaskRabbit, and Reddit.

With social media comes collaboration. What is more collaborative than open source? Having a strategy that focuses on the problems they want to solve or the capabilities they want to support, and allowing experimental approaches can result in dynamic results.

Melody K. Smith

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