In a move which seems to foreshadow a movement away from linking social media sites together, LinkedIn announced via email today that your Tweets will no longer appear automatically in your LinkedIn timeline if you previously linked your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. From the wording of their email, it appears that Twitter is the cause of this new policy.
LinkedIn status updates CAN be automatically sent to Twitter if users click the “Twitter” checkbox when composing a status update.
For myself, I have turned off a lot of the automatic linkages I had set up in the past. For example, my Twitters no longer appear automatically on my Facebook account. I think this shows that social networks are seeing that such linkages can effectively “spam” the timelines of other sites without any further action on the user’s part. Google+ has yet to provide any API for cross-posting Tweets or updates from any other social networks and there has been some discussion that this may never be part of the G+ API, to prevent just such issues.
It will be interesting to see how other social networks react to this decision and start turning off their own cross-posting API calls.
Email from LinkedIn
LinkedIn and Twitter have worked together since 2009 to enable you to share your professional conversations on both platforms. Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way Tweets appear in third-party applications. Starting today Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn.
We know that sharing updates from LinkedIn to Twitter is a valuable service for our members. Moving forward, you will still be able to share updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn.
How can I continue to share updates on both LinkedIn and Twitter? Simply start your conversation on LinkedIn. Compose your update, check the box with the Twitter icon, and click “Share.” This will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as before.
What changes can I expect to see on LinkedIn? Any conversation you start on Twitter will no longer be automatically shared with your LinkedIn network, even if you synced your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
If you would like more information about what this means for your synced LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, please visit our related Help Center topics.
The LinkedIn Team