Twitter and LinkedIn – How linked should they be?

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Update 6/29/12:

Thanks to an announcement today, this entire blog post is obsolete.  Let us all take a moment of silence to remember the chaos once inflicted upon us by serial cross posters.

Now go and share some relevant content with your professional connections.  As Linkedin recommends:

“Initiate the conversation on LinkedIn.”

Wow! What a concept!


Many of my words of advice originate from my own user experience; and, frankly, it is annoying to login to my LinkedIN account only to see tons of updates from one person.

A message is only appropriate within the confines of the venue and the expectations within that venue.

During a #SMFastFwd chat in early December 2010, one of the participants made a great observation:

I like to say that Twitter is like a bar, FB is yr living room & LinkedIn is the local chamber of commerce. There r differences. #smfastfwd

~ Brenda Stoltz, December 8, 2010 @BSStoltz

People expect a high level of noise in a bar just as they expect a high volume of messages on twitter.  And if LinkedIN is the chamber of commerce or any other such place, then expectations differ.  I expect relevant, business-like information when I view my LinkedIN feed.

LinkedIN FeedIt is for this reason that I recommend against linking your entire Twitter feed on LinkedIN. Am I against Foursquare checkins? No.  I check into Foursquare.  However, is this appropriate for your LinkedIN feed?  How about rants?  How about conversations with that make no sense without context:

“@someone RT @someoneelse ha ha that’s funny @firstperson Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Instead, why not pick one relevant tweet per day and use the #in hashtag?

Change these seetings on LinkedIN:

  1. Sign into your account.
  2. Hover over your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen so that “Settings” appears.
  3. Click “Settings.”
  4. Click “Manage Your Twitter Settings” (screenshot below)
  5. Click the box that says “Share only tweets that contain #in…” (screenshot below)
  6. Click “Save Changes.”
Screenshots (click image for larger view):
LinkedIN Settings
LinkedIN Twitter Settings

http://twitter.com/#!/YouTooCanBeGuru/status/71622770060050432

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