Thursday, January 28, 2010

Managing Status on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

I was asked today how I manage and post status updates to the various social networking sites I use. I figured I'd put my answer here in case anyone else might find it useful.

The three major social tools I use are:

  • Twitter - used to share links & short thoughts "publicly". I mostly use Twitter for professional purposes which for me means mostly technical & business related stuff. I keep this network public.
  • Facebook - used to keep in touch with friends and family. I try not to post much tech/business stuff here since most of my Facebook friends aren't interested! Instead, on Facebook, I post more personal stuff or more "pop culture" type stuff. I keep this network private.
  • LinkedIn - used for professional and networking purposes only.
Occasionally I want to post one status update to multiple (or all) of these networks. For example at the moment I am looking for a new job and figure I should talk to anyone who will listen! To easily post to multiple networks you can do the following:
  1. On Facebook install and configure the Selective Tweets Facebook application. It will monitor your Twitter feed and update your Facebook status with your tweet IF it includes #fb.
  2. On LinkedIn install and configure the Tweets LinkedIn application. It will monitor your Twitter feed and update your LinkedIn status with your tweet IF it includes #in.
  3. Post an update to Twitter and include #fb and/or #in accordingly.

2 comments:

Elaine said...

Hey Mike,
That's what I do too... but I got burned once because I RT'ed something on Tweetdeck and didn't realize that tweet had the #in hashtag. DOH!
Elaine

mpv said...

Good point! Will have to be careful about that.