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Why LinkedIn and Twitter’s Break Up Is Better For Your Business

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Kari Hulley | 6 Comments

As most of us know, LinkedIn and Twitter had a very public falling out this past June, ending a two-year relationship. Like many of the flings I’ve seen fall apart, when rumors spread and the going got tough (or LinkedIn faced a massive password breach) Twitter dropped the professional networking site like a hot potato…poor thing.

Now, months later, the drama continues. At last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman discussed the sudden removal of Twitter feeds from LinkedIn. So how is he faring after the split? Better than ever. Hoffman declared that the networking platform “got better” after Twitter cut off the site. Are these the harsh words of a scorned lover, or an accurate assessment of the site’s well-being post-breakup? I say, it’s pretty accurate.

There is no denying that whenever big news breaks or celebrity gossip leaks, the world is all “a-twitter” to share their own opinion in 140 characters or less. But LinkedIn offers a very different value proposition. Currently operating as the largest professional network on the Internet, with more than 175 million members in more than 200 countries and territories, the real value of LinkedIn for businesses is the ability to connect one-to-one with other business professionals—not sharing whatever in the world (or Twittersphere) comes to mind.

With all the hype around social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest) we often forget that LinkedIn is not just a networking site to utilize when you are looking for a new job. It is the ideal platform for businesses to promote themselves, employees’ expertise and thought leadership initiatives, as well as highlight news and recent successes. Taking it one step further, LinkedIn offers a way for businesses to build communities through relevant discussion groups. By posting thought-provoking content, a business can quickly and effectively engage its key constituents in meaningful conversations. What’s more, LinkedIn is one of the highest traffic referral sources for blogs, so posting expert content on relevant discussions will ultimately drive more eyeballs to your company blog.

I tend to agree with Hoffman that once the excess noise from cross-posting from Twitter was removed, the site got better. In a way, it restored the sanctity of the platform, with the conversations becoming  more industry and business focused—as they were meant to be.

The split helps clarify how best to use each network. Twitter, for the most part, is about reaching the most people, and LinkedIn is about reaching the right people.

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6 Responses

  1. Michelle L says:

    What an insightful, interesting, and well-written piece. Looking forward to reading more blog posts by Ms. Hulley.

  2. Erin G says:

    How interesting! I definitely agree, I thought LinkedIn was getting way too cluttered (even dumbed-down maybe??) with the Twitter feeds. Great piece!

  3. David L says:

    I agree with the other two comments. Also, comparing the professional split to a personal/emotional break up was very clever. I enjoyed the last line,”Twitter, for the most part, is about reaching the most people, and LinkedIn is about reaching the right people.” That was a very astute and concise way of putting it–I might have to “steal” that line in the future! Well done.

  4. Dianne B says:

    Two social networks that do not need to be intertwined! Bravo on an informative and well-written piece Kari Hulley!

  5. Carl says:

    I had no idea Twitter and Linkedin were fighting. I’m glad Kari Hulley is keeping me in the loop with social networking news while mainstream media is too busy villainizing the two presidential candidates…

  6. Judy H says:

    after reading this blog, I realize that I should male a Linked In account for my business. I have stayed away from Twitter & Linked In because I did not know enough to choose. Kari Hulley has shown me the way.

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