In a recent article I wrote about how you will no longer be able to post LinkedIn status updates from Twitter. In this article I share my initial thoughts on why I like this update. In theory being able to update LinkedIn from Twitter should be an excellent idea and result in great benefits for all as more information is shared by all. However my experience was not so great in the past and so the latest update is a pleasant surprise for me. I share some of the reasons why I see things this way.
Less Noise from Twitter feeds
One challenge I have been having lately is excessive Twitter updates in my LinkedIn newsfeed. Perhaps I am the exception because of the size of my network (+15,000 first level connections.) Some people were posting as many as 10 LinkedIn updates via Twitter which was taking up valuable real estate in my newsfeeds. Going forward, my connections can continue posting on Twitter without affecting the quality of my newsfeed.
More professional and relevant engagement
I expect the quality of content posted on LinkedIn to improve. While a great deal of conversation takes place on Twitter there is a fair of personal material that is of little relevance on LinkedIn. I will certainly not miss these type of updates that are of little relevance to my interests and focus as a professional.
Commenting on LinkedIn updates done via Twitter
One challenge which already existed before the latest update was that you could not comment on a LinkedIn update done via Twitter unless you were also logged into Twitter. If you were not able to log into Twitter for some reason, you would thus not be able to engage in the conversation.
I can imagine some people might be upset with the recent development but I must say I think it works quite nicely for me. I post a few LinkedIn updates from Twitter but this was the exception rather than the norm.
What are your thoughts on this recent development? I would love to hear from you.