Monday, January 16, 2012

Integrating Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and blogs

I experienced the value of Twitter for the first time this weekend, as reported elsewhere. The time has come to integrate all of these platforms in an automated fashion. I am doing this in multiple steps, and will point to the resources for each of these.

Adding a Twitter follow c_myers4 button to web pages and blogs: I've seen this on a number of blogs, but the path to accomplish this was unclear. I did a Google search and found a short YouTube video that laid out the issues in a clear succinct fashion.

Twitter automatic update on LinkedIn (my tweets feed LinkedIn): This was much easier than I had imagined. The LinkedIn Learning Center has a great page on Twitter and how to do the integration. Note: This changed on June 29, 2012: Twitter no long cross-posts to LinkedIn, but the same functions can be done by posting in LinkedIn and then having it post to Twitter. The email from LinkedIn described the procedure as "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."

Integrating blogs and FacebookI had considered linking my blogs to Facebook and Twitter, but rejected that for traffic reasons (too much noise showing up on Facebook). I have considered automatic Fcaebook posts for blog entries, if I can sort through the myriad suggestions. I will tweet new blog posts on my two professional blogs, Bad Hyphen and Exceptional Customer Experience. Blog entries on Random Routes that are relevant to the professional side may also be tweeted. [After some investigation, I found automatic methods to be complex to set up. They were also low value, as I may get more traffic on the blog with a bit of explanation in the Facebook post. So I've given up on this for now, unless someone can give me a great idea.]

For now, I will just create manual notices on Facebook and Twitter for new blogs. And LinkedIn will take care if itself from Twitter. I would ask that, if you'd like the most timely blog updates, you follow me on Twitter. Click on the link to the right in the links area.


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