As of June, 2012, Twitter and Linkedin got a divorce. By that, I mean they both elected to stop allowing tweets to post on Linkedin statuses. I have read conflicting reasons for the breakup. Some articles say Twitter changed their policy where you couldn’t have tweets appear on anything that “looked” like Twitter, ie. a status update page. Hm, if that is true, then why can Tweets still be posted to Facebook? Other articles claim Linkedin has been hurt by both Twitter and Facebook and is trying to draw people back to using them as the vehicle for social media and turning off Twitter would bring people back to the fold. Hm again.
Some people thought this was a plus. I however, did not. I use Twitter has my main social media posting device. It would post to both Facebook and Linkedin saving me lots of redundant typing. I didn’t like the Linkedin format so I didn’t frequent it very often. Recently they updated their format to be more Facebook like and in my opinion made it even worse. For the sake of my business marketing, I need to ensure I stay current on Linkedin. When the Twitter and Linkedin divorce occurred it hit me hard. Until today.
It’s Sunday and I use this day to troll around the net looking for good information for tweeting and learning. I stumbled on a blog post talking about IFTTT – which stands for “If this then that.” Basically, you develop some trigger, like a #in hashtag in my case, or a username, and it will then do whatever you tell it to do – like put photos into Dropbox, or send tweets to Linkedin. Awesome. I could have set it up to just use my Twitter logon name as a trigger, but I like the idea of putting in the hashtag because this way I can choose to not post something to Linkedin that doesn’t need to be there. In fact, that’s the way it used to work but I changed to having automatic posts because I kept forgetting the hashtag. Sigh. Guess I’m back to remembering it again.
Since this helped me, I thought I’d share it as a quick blog article today in hopes it might help someone else. The website is http://ifttt.com.