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January 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Cubeduel startup frozen by LinkedIn (UPDATE: now unfrozen)

Cubeduel’s launch was apparently a little too hot for LinkedIn.

A day after it launched a “hot or not” type rating service for users of the business network, the Seattle startup was blocked by LinkedIn today.

But it doesn’t sound like a problem with Cubeduel’s sassy application. The issue was apparently volume, not tone.

Cubeduel co-founder Tony Wright said it appears to have hit an automated rate limit on accessing LinkedIn.

“We’ve been throttled by them,” he said by email.

Wright said Cubeduel has been exchanging messages with LinkedIn and is “hopeful that we can get things opened back up.”

UPDATE: I just heard from LinkedIn’s spokesperson, who said the company didn’t shut down Cubeduel.

“The application was using our open LinkedIn Developer Platform, which has a daily access limit that is publicly documented. Our developer platform limits are designed to protect our members, and have been in place since the platform program was introduced a year ago.”

LinkedIn is communicating with Cubeduel “to discuss how they can move forward. We are always interested in seeing our platform used in creative, innovative new ways by developers.”

UPDATE: Wright said Cubeduel is back after LinkedIn “graciously raised the ceiling for us late Friday evening.”

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