Why You Should Never Connect Your LinkedIn and Twitter Accounts

Don't Link Things to LinkedIn - The Anti-Social MediaThere is no way I can sugarcoat this:

Do not link your Twitter account to your LinkedIn account.

Tweets attached to your LinkedIn Profile drive me insane. Your LinkedIn profile is like your resume. How much crap do you want to put on there?

Look, I know you’re a smart, sarcastic person. Why else would you be reading this blog? But there’s something terribly wrong when I start seeing those hilarious tweets next to your resume.

Would you talk that way to your boss? To your clients? Because that’s what you’re doing when you allow those tweets to get pulled into your LinkedIn profile.

When you automate your tweets to LinkedIn, it shows everyone that you don’t care about the medium and audience. You’re more concerned with blasting your messages out than who might actually be reading them.

It sucks to take an extra thirty seconds to share something on LinkedIn. I know. I do it every day even though I think no one ever reads them. But I know that I’ve segmented that status to appeal to my professional and business network rather than just being a sarcastic asshole.

So, if you’re going to update LinkedIn, take the time to compose a specific message just for that audience. That’s all I ask.

Also, I’m still seeing links to your crappy porn on your LinkedIn profile thanks to your automated tweets. Be grateful no one actually reads LinkedIn updates except for me. Otherwise, we’d all be talking about your depraved tastes.

So go unlink your Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. Then come here and tell me the worst thing you saw on LinkedIn thanks to Twitter. I want to know how many other people have to deal with porn on LinkedIn.

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43 Responses to Why You Should Never Connect Your LinkedIn and Twitter Accounts

  1. Craig Wood October 14, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    I disagree, massively. linking twitter to Linkedin makes sure that i moderate my behaviour on twitter.

    On facebook I rant and say offensive things, on twitter I calm it down a bit, talk about stuff that’s relevant for work as well as some football, fashion type stuff.

    I also like seeing twitter updates on linkedin as there are people there I’m not connected to on twitter or facebook…

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      I can see where you’re coming from. It drives me personally nuts.

      I’m just crazy that way.

  2. Carla Dewing October 14, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    “Here’s my resume, and a link to my porn” LMFAO!

    I guess people just need to learn to control what they say on the internet a bit better. You should never rant about anything that Google can index. Anyway, if you’re ranting about your boss and clients you’re a twit. Coming soon: You’re fired! 😀

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

      I rant all the time here. I’m ruined.

  3. Keith October 14, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    In all honesty, I preach this all the time and I disagree with you. Potential clients or employers can look you up on Twitter anyway. If you don’t want people knowing about you stay off your computer and don’t use social sites…. that simple.

  4. Frederic October 14, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    You make a valid point if, and only if, someone uses twitter ranting personal stuff, commenting about any and everything. Then, sure, having a twitter feed in your Linkedin profile is problematic. Not to mention if and when there is porn…

    However, for many people including myself, Facebook is where the personal stuff takes place, while I keep my twitter handle professionnal and related to my fields of expertise. Thus, linking my twitter feed with my Linkedin profile makes a lot of sense.

    I am often amazed when meeting friends, colleagues or tourism industry partners, and they tell me how they appreciate some of the stuff I post. Guess what? In most cases, these are folks who are not on twitter, but we are connected on Linkedin and that’s where they read my posts.

    My two cents.

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      I had a point? 😉

      For me, it drives me nuts. For you, it has value. And the people who I want to read this article, they don’t care.

  5. Jeff October 14, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I disconnected them after I received a congratulatory message on my recent appointment as mayor of subway. (Thanks Foursquare!)

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      That has business potential. Can you save your company $5 with discounts from your mayorship?

  6. Peter October 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    just for info:
    A good solution is to change the settings so your accouts are linked but NOT automatically updated. Then when you tweet, just add #li or #fb as requiered to the ends of your tweets to send individual tweets to LinkeedIn or Facebook.

    Then you can message each audience as required.

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      I’ve tried those, I just forgot I can do that. D’oh.

  7. Stuart October 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I also disagree, it all depends on how you use Twiter. I only use it for professional means so prefer to link them, it saves time!

    Also, the social and professional lines are disapearing, and actually is that a bad thing? Just because you put on your work ‘clothes’ doesn’t suddenly change you as a person. So trying to hide your personal identity on Twitter whilst your professional identity remains secure on linkedIn is crazy.

    However, if your really do want to sperate the two, use two different handles, but that takes more time..

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      Look, I’m fine with everyone knowing I’m a crazy cat person. I’d just prefer if they found out the hard way on my Facebook page, not LinkedIn.

  8. Morgan October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I feel the same way about attaching your Twitter account to your Facebook account. Each platform is supposed to have its own strategy. I tweet a lot more than I Facebook and if every single Tweet were to come into my Facebook, I’d lose a lot of Facebook friends.

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      I once integrated my tweets and Facebook. My friends thought my Facebook was hacked.

  9. Jaap October 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Solution tot avoid porn-next-to-your-LinkedIn profile.
    1. Do not automatically link Twitter and LinekdIn
    2. Use the #in to separate personal and business tweets you share.


    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      I never remember to use that hashtag.

  10. Lyuba October 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Jay, I totally agree with you. It drives me crazy when people auto post twitter updates to LinkedIn and Facebook. These are different platforms that require different strategies, besides auto posting just shows laziness. Many tweets and reply tweets look like gibberish on LinkedIn. There are occasions where you want to share something across multiple networks in which case you can use the method Peter describes above.

    • Jay October 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      At first I thought the gibberish would blend in with the normal jargon we use in business.

      Then I realized how wrong I was.

  11. Kim Woodbridge October 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Totally agree … while I understand the argument that integrating social media services saves time, it sure does take the social aspect out of it …

    • Jay October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      Let’s all just say the same thing to everyone.

  12. Andy October 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I only have my business Twitter account connected to LinkedIn with auto updates disabled. My personal Twitter is just that, weekend brain as I like to say.

    • Jay October 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      I wish I had a brain on the weekend.

  13. Michelle October 15, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Just deleted it! [Twitter from Linkedin] - Sometimes a few words of warning…just as you did can make a pound of sense.

    Moreover, I have heard it said “Don’t Not Put All Your Eggs In One Basket”…especially if you plan to need them later.

    • Jay October 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      I’m so proud I made a small change in the world.

  14. Glenn October 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I understand your point. You are advising people who are stupid enough to say things they oughtened to … to not say them on Linked-In.

    I agree. But if you are tweeting links to articles that may be helpful to your market, why not share them on Linked-In ? Hootsuite makes this easy. If I have something I’m posting on Twitter that is a fit for Linked-In, I simply click the Linked-In box (on Hootsuite.)

    I don’t share my #FFs, thankyous, cat videos, etc. on Linked-In.

    Compartmentalization, chinese walls, whatever… but don’t waste time by separately visiting Linked-In and Twitter to post the same article — that’s time you could be devoting to your business. Use dashboards !

    My soapbox is starting to splinter — think I’ll get off now 🙂

    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Dashboards are a good help. Use them o help tailor each message to each audience. So, my post to Facebook is different than Twitter, which is different than LinkedIn, etc.

  15. José, from Brussels October 16, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    “This is the most silly statement I have ever read…”
    Unless we dig a little bit further… Maybe Jay is just starting to work with Social Media and does not have yet the right reflective reactions when it starts to add comments on his twitter, Facebook or Linkedin accounts… 😉

    Actually, I strictly share my private life on social networks (mainly based on Facebook) and my professional one, which is driven by Linkedin and twitter. I have even 2 twitter accounts (one professional, the other private). And I always think before sharing “does this make sense to my professional network or should I better shut up ?”.
    So your initial statement should not be ‘why you should not share your Linkedin and Twitter accounts’ but better ‘how to share efficiently .your Linkedin and Twitter account

    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      But that’s less controversial and doesn’t serve as link bait. That doesn’t do anything for me as a blogger.

  16. Lauren October 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I learned my lesson after tweeting about a thong while I was job searching. Never again will I link my accounts.

    Also, on a more serious note… the longer I’m in PR/Marketing, the more it’s obvious linked accounts are just a symptom of laziness. Consider your population and the message you’re trying to send, then send it via the correct medium. You can’t send the same message to Twitter and LinkedIn… you simply just can’t, they’re two different animals.

    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      LinkedIn needs more thongs.

      Also, one of my blogs used to rank #1 for cheap thongs. I totally cornered that market.

  17. Denise October 18, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Wow, thanks for your thoughts. I cringed when I saw my blog on Linkedin. I forgot I had it linked, and although I am looking for a position in the industry, I realized this isn’t the greatest way to showcase my writing abilities, as much of what I had to say can’t be of much interest to this segment…At any rate, thanks for the pearls of wisdom..

    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      A blog can be a great way to show off your writing, if you’re looking for a blogging job.

      But yeah, sometimes your portfolio needs to get off of WordPress.

  18. Kama October 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I really dislike seeing Tweets in LinkedIn. I also really dislike seeing Foursquare and GetGlue check-ins posted to Twitter. Seriously, I’m not following anyone on Twitter to see that for every 4 check-ins to Starbucks, they hit DnD twice, or how often they check in to bars. I’ve seen Sunday brunch booze praised to high heavens on LinkedIn thanks to automatic updates from Twitter.

    I’m more forgiving of noobs, but when someone presents themselves as social media savvy, and they share everything, everywhere, regardless of audience and their stated purpose on the network, I block/hide/unfollow. Pointless and inappropriate updates make it that much harder for me to find what’s important and relevant.

    • Jay October 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      I love Sunday brunch on LinkedIn. It’s so yummy!

      Also, I hate the Foursquare posts too. Unless you give them some context, it’s just another meaningless way to stalk people.

      • Kama October 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

        I imagine the perfect storm of social media updates: Foursquare->Twitter->LinkedIn. Recently a friend visited for the weekend, and I ended up checking in to 4 bars in two days. Barfly isn’t what I’d like visitors to my LinkedIn to come away with about me. (Plus, why would you share your location to the entire world? That’s kind of the exact opposite of what Foursquare is all about.)

        • Jay October 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

          I thought Foursquare was all about the deals. I need to be mayor to get $1 off pickle chips!

  19. Brittany at Sprout Social October 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Completely agree with you, Jay! Same goes with Facebook updates linked to Twitter and vice versa. They’re different platforms and should be treated as so… what may be perfectly acceptable practice on Twitter (hashtags, @mentions, shortened words, etc.) looks awkward on LinkedIn and Facebook.

    • Jay October 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      Let’s just face it. Nearly everything we do online looks awkward when examined under the lens of another context.