How to Not AutoTweet Every Tweet: When Twitter and LinkedIn Accounts Are Connected

UPDATE 2/26/2012: LinkedIn has removed the Twitter app, but I’m still seeing tweets. Don’t know when this will end, but I’m so looking forward to it.

UPDATE: LinkedIn announced that it is removing the Twitter app on 1/31/2012. Yeaaahh!

I spend more time on LinkedIn than Facebook because it’s all business. But, unfortunately, I have to endure the same types of dreaded updates I see on Facebook: sports trivia, automated motivational quotes, prayers, etc.

Users have their Twitter and LinkedIn accounts connected, and if they take one more step, they can choose which tweets get posted to LinkedIn. All you have to do is add the hashtag #li or #in somewhere in your tweet for the ones you want posted to LinkedIn. You have to change your settings to make this work.

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You can set LinkedIn up to only post tweets that are appropriate for the site, and it’s easy. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Sign in to your LinkedIn account, hover your mouse over your name ID, and click Settings.
  2. Under SETTINGS, click Manage your Twitter settings.
  3. Add a Twitter account if you need to).
  4. Tick the box Share only tweets that contain #in. Save changes.

From now on, when you tweet about something that also works for LinkedIn, simply add #in or #li somewhere in the tweet. Your connections will thank you…I know I do.


Create Tweet Links with Your Own Customized Message – Click to Tweet

Click to Tweet is a free tool that makes it easy to create a customized message you want tweeted. I created one below and hyperlinked the URL to my Facebook Like button below.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Write the message you want to share in the box (it’ll need to read as if it’s coming from the person who’s sharing the link so don’t use “we” or “I” or “our” for example). Be sure to include your hashtag if you have one and keep your message with at least 15 characters to spare (leaving enough characters for the tweeter’s handle and RT).
  2. Click the Generate button to create a custom link.
  3. Click to Preview.
  4. Copy the URL (not the preview URL).
  5. Test your link then share it or hyperlink an image with it. (Check out my YouTube video on how to create a hyperlink).

The cool part is that now when people click your link, your message is automatically added to their Twitter status box. They’ll click to tweet!

So go ahead and click my button to see what happens. Then tweet my message (thanks!). This links to our business page on Facebook.