Today, I decided to finally take the plunge and connect my LinkedIn status with Twitter to see what would happen. I announced this in LinkedIn as:
Decided to link my tweets with my LinkedIn status, do tell me if it gets annoying.
Which then got duly posted on Twitter.
Mat Morrison, of Magic Bean and Mediaczar, got in touch via LinkedIn querying my decision and the problems of dividing our different social media lives such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which prompted me to respond to him with:
“I’ve avoided linking with LinkedIn until now, but noticed that I wasn’t using #ln for relevant tweets or that I was updating very often, which I think doesn’t look that great considering what I do, so this is a test. I may switch off in a week. But the audiences for me are similar, so decided I may as well try. And lo, you have responded ;-) as has someone else.
Facebook: I briefly linked them and just decided – different audience, output overload, boring – and quickly unlinked. My Facebook usage generally has lowered, but I think that’s because as an early adopter I used it to connect with other early adopters, who are professional rather than personal contacts. So without a lot of filtering and grouping work the site doesn’t really work for me. But those who’ve come to it later and younger people are smartly segregating their usage and who they contact on different networks. At Becta X yesterday there were children from 14 schools involved (primary through to secondary/tertiary) and when it came to a discussion about using FB in school (for education purposes eg. homework updates) they all agreed that it was the wrong context and that it would be distracting.
Context has knocked Content from being king, perhaps?
I’ve included Mat’s response here because I think it’s useful and adds to this:
Nice summary (and tend to agree w/ your points or have come to similar conclusions.)
I’ve been streamlining lots of my digital life recently — and mostly I’m using a loose GTD/43folders definition of context to do so.
For example, I’m rearranging my Facebook friend lists by “why I care (and if I do)” and “what I want to hide from this list”. My blog feeds are arranged, “can’t miss/daily read/graze/ego search/never read.” And I’m dumping Twitter news subscriptions to lists, and have created a list of “people I care about” (although “all friends” still has ambient presence.)
But LinkedIn seems useful.
So, do you or don’t you link Twitter with LinkedIn?
- Decide on who you are speaking to and what each network of contacts is mostly about – personal, professional, mix?
- Examine the kinds of content you put out on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn is this suitable for another audience, is the volume to high?
- Test for a period and see what happens.
- Disconnect if it doesn’t work for you and your network