Twitter On LinkedIn – A Good Idea Gone Bad


What a great idea.  Now you can automatically post your Tweets to LinkedIn & vice versa.  But this upgrade has made a real mess of viewing status updates on LinkedIn.

I get great value from LinkedIn.  I enjoy Facebook & play around with Twitter, but LinkedIn is the one social media platform that helps me every day in business.

LinkedIn lets me tell my business contacts what’s going on with AmSher & WeMentor.  My LinkedIn posts talk about our company honors, successes, and achievements.

The LinkedIn status updates allow me quickly & easily to review my first line business connections to find out what’s going on with them.  I learn about contracts they’ve signed, speeches they are giving, & other significant business moments in their lives.

Now, because LinkedIn allows you to send your Twitter updates automatically to LinkedIn, the LinkedIn status updates are composed of random Tweets that may or may not have anything to do with business.  Posts such as, “Don’t like your Facebook friends, blow them up with Star Wars Death Star,” or “My neighbor is giving away cute cuddly kittens, but John won’t let me get one.”  Or how about, “I woke up this morning with a hangover.”

These posts may be okay for Facebook & Twitter, but are a real nuisance on LinkedIn.

Everyone seems to want to make one single entry & post to all their social media sites.  But this is a terrible idea.  What is appropriate for one platform will make you look like a fool on the other.  This change certainly has watered down the value of LinkedIn.

There are occasions when one post works everywhere, but not always.  Try to use good judgment when making your posts.  Remember, the idea is to make a good impression.  This is David Sher, your WeMentor guy, saying it’s not what you know, but whOO you know

One Response to Twitter On LinkedIn – A Good Idea Gone Bad
  1. Dave Kicker
    January 6, 2010 | 3:26 pm

    David,

    I could not agree more. I like the LinkedIn site and chose to separate my personal (Facebook) and professional life. It makes no sense to post everything to all social media sites. Great insight!

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