LinkedIn and Twitter Spat = good or bad?

July 2nd, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

There’s been a bit of chatter (not much) about LinkedIn not putting anymore Tweets on their interface.

That is, when you go to LinkedIn, you shouldn’t see anything that was initiated from Twitter.  I think that’s what’s going on… You can read more about it on Mashable here. (LinkedIn’s blog post announcing it here)

Is this good or bad?

I think in general, it won’t matter and no one will care.

Some people who hate this think it’s not quite a bit more inconvenient to share stuff from ONE PLACE.  In my experience, this simply means you choose ONE or the OTHER, and don’t try to keep both places updated.  It will be interested if more people, or more importantly, more interesting/relevant conversation, goes towards Twitter, or stays on LinkedIn.

By “interesting/relevant conversation” I mean stuff we’ll be interested in, not lame drabble (like we see a lot on Twitter).

Some people who love this think it’s going to clean LinkedIn up a bit, and keep the noise level down. I think I agree, although I think their noise issues are elsewhere, not because of a Twitter interface.

I’ve heard various speculation about WHY this has happened. I don’t really care why – it seems like a logical “walled garden” decision.  And it also says “we’ve been nice up to now, but game on… go make your own money… may the best social network win!”

Doesn’t make too much sense to me, but LinkedIn never asks me what I think :)

  1. One Response to “LinkedIn and Twitter Spat = good or bad?”

  2. By Mordechai (Morty) Schiller on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    It’s actually not a bad idea. Inconvenient, maybe, but LinkedIn and Twitter have different styles. Things like hashtags and RT’s don’t fit in on LinkedIn. And many tweets are ongoing conversations. Reading them on LinkedIn is like coming in middle of the movie.

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