Let me get this straight. I love using LinkedIn and I love using Twitter. However, some aspects of the combination of the two is really starting to irritate me! <rant coming up> Why? Many people in my LinkedIn network (and lots of others I have no doubt) set up their LinkedIn account to post ALL their Twitter updates on their LinkedIn status updates – and when some people tweet 20-30 times a day that is a nightmare!!
I (personally) do not want to see my LinkedIn status updates fill up with 'tweets', I want to see the updates from my network. I have no need to see 20 jobs fed into my LinkedIn status updates from a recruiter I am connected with. It is simply noise, it is laziness (on behalf of the individual) and the only result will be is that I will hide all your status updates. So the next time you have something important you want to communicate to me, I won't see it! The same applies to the serial Twitterers who tweet many, many times a day. >>> Please don't devalue the LinkedIn status updates with your (many irrelevant to your LinkedIn community) tweets. The answer is a simple one – just work a little harder to build your Twitter following up, rather than (potentially) alienating your trusted LinkedIn community.
You have probably spent a good amount of time developing your LinkedIn community, and it will likely have more professional depth than your Twitter following – after all it is full of all your professional contacts, work colleagues, business contact, future clients and future candidates. SO WHY DO YOU RISK P***ING THEM OFF by effectively spamming their status updates?
The solution is easy.
Respect your LinkedIn community and ONLY share 'tweets' that will ADD VALUE to your LinkedIn community.
Don't 'share' through more than two or three tweets from Twitter per day. Less is more!
If you have your account set up so that it sends through all your tweets change it now >> untick the 'Yes, share all tweets' button and click the one below.
In future, for any tweets you want to share on your LinkedIn status updates, just add #in at the end of your tweet. This will then appear in your status updates on LinkedIn.
I (like you I hope) am really interested in what my network on LinkedIn has to say every day, via the status updates. But if you keep on using LinkedIn as another Twitter distribution channel and don't care about what information lands in my status updates from you, then there is only one thing that will happen. I will remove you (hide you) from my status updates!
I really value my LinkedIn network and wouldn't dream of trying to abuse the trust I have built up over 6 years using it. I just wish others were more respectful!
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