Over the last few days you may have noticed a message from LinkedIn advising that your “tweets” will no longer appear automatically as status updates on LinkedIn.
If you didn’t have this feature switched on it obviously makes no difference to you but if you did you need to consider how this affects your social media activity.
Twitter to LinkedIn
I’m not sure what is behind this change but I am suspecting that LinkedIn may want you to post directly from their platform – at least this way you will have to open up your LinkedIn dashboard to make a post and hopefully (for them) notice some adverts that are of interest to you. Clicking these makes them money by the way!
The big problem that I see here is that most people do not consume their social media from LinkedIn – yep, we connect, search for contacts but very very few of us are actually consuming – am I wrong? Is this their effort to make themselves part of the conversation and more relevant?
LinkedIn to Twitter
You can see from the graphic above that it is still possible to push your LinkedIn posts to Twitter once you click the little twitter box at the bottom of the post.
Twitter to Facebook
Another recent development I have noticed is that my Twitter posts are no longer being pushed to Facebook despite all the connections being switched on. I have disconnected and refreshed the connection but it has made no difference.
I am starting to think that Facebook like LinkedIn want the user to log on directly to their platform to post updates, again in the hope that you will spot some adverts and make them a few bob!
Facebook to Twitter
I’m not sure if it is a coincidence but in line with this lapse in functionality Facebook are promoting their auto posts to Twitter feature quite actively when you log on. Hmmm ..
So what does all of this mean to the heavy social media user who is quite active on all platforms and was enjoying the benefit of these time saving applications. Effectively you could post once on Twitter and this post would replicate on both Facebook and LinkedIn. This is what I was doing myself.
Maybe it’s a good thing?
I think you should embrace the change and treat it as a good thing.
Auto posts from Twitter were never the best idea for a number of reasons:
- You can allow yourself to post more often and repeat posts on Twitter (this frequency could come across as “spam” on Facebook and LinkedIn)
- If you have posts of a visual nature you are better going to Facebook and posting there directly – when you post from Twitter any link was just appearing as a link.
- The platforms are quite different and while auto-post can be ok most of the time, often your “tweet” may be inappropriate on LinkedIn and maybe on Facebook
- I find that if you use the “auto-post” feature you actually start to miss some of the action on the other platforms – they all do a different job for you, don’t forget that.
- Users of LinkedIn and Facebook may not get all of the @gregcantyfuzion and the hash tag #FF, #Positivity “stuff” and can find it quite annoying and distracting from the actual message
My best advice is to treat each of the social media platforms differently, post separately as appropriate and for ultimate control use tools like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite as time saving devices. Using these you can select the destination for each of your updates (be it to any of your twitter accounts, your facebook personal or business pages).
The schedule facility on these platforms is an extra bonus, which can also be very handy.
Regarding LinkedIn status updates I don’t see the change making the platform more relevant – If anything it could actually have the opposite effect!
If you wish to make an impact here try:
- Participating in discussions on Groups you have joined
- Start discussions in Groups you have joined
- Start Asking and Answering Questions that have been posted for your industry sector/area of expertise
But I don’t have the time .. (this must be the one thing I hear most from people about social media)
Heh, that’s not my problem …if you have figured out that social media is good for your business then you’ll make the time!
Happy Posting ..