Thanks to an announcement today, this entire blog post is obsolete.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.
“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
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.
It 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:
- Sign into your account.
- Hover over your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen so that “Settings” appears.
- Click “Settings.”
- Click “Manage Your Twitter Settings” (screenshot below)
- Click the box that says “Share only tweets that contain #in…” (screenshot below)
- Click “Save Changes.”