I came across a post about cross posting tweets to LinkedIn in a LinkedIn group for non-profit professionals. I agree with it 100% and want to share it with you here. What follows is my contribution to the discussion that it sparked on LinkedIn–which interestingly was livelier on LinkedIn than on the original blog post.
In general, I agree that it’s a best practice not to cross post every tweet to LinkedIn. I have blocked updates many people who do so because I don’t want them to swamp the updates that are posted here that are often more relevant to LinkedIn. If I want to see someone’s tweets, I’ll follow them on Twitter. If they want to see my tweets, they can see them on my profile. At the same time, I would never say to never cross post tweets because the content can be relevant to both audiences. But it must be done selectively and probably no more than once a day. And although, there seems to be a race for all SM sites to do what every other SM site does so that we don’t need any others, I believe we should live our lives online as we live them in the real world. What we say and how we say it depends upon the relationship that we have (or are open to having) and it’s ok if what we say in a professional setting is different than what we say to family or friends. SM is an extension of who we are and how we live and interact.
Essentially, what I’m saying is what I elaborated on in my post about different social media for different social circles. The post is a bit dated since it doesn’t take into account Google+ and its circles or the new lists on Facebook that do pretty much the same thing. But even in those cases, I see the lists/circles as helping us to reflect our offline lives online.
What do you think?