SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - LinkedIn and Twitter have linked up. Starting immediately, users of LinkedIn and Twitter can cross-file to each other's services, by checking a box on either Twitter or LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the largest professional social network, with 50 million members around the world who post information about themselves, such as resumes, to help find jobs or employees, and to stay in touch with each other.
Twitter allows people to broadcast short messages up to 140 characters to subscribers, who are called "followers."
LinkedIn also has an update box, which happens to be 140 characters.
Allen Blue, a c
o-founder of Twitter who is its vice president of product strategy, said LinkedIn members would be able to automatically post recent Tweets if they wanted.
Blue said users will have the option of sending only selected materials to Twitter.
He said that in addition to the obvious advantage of increasing the audience for either tweets or LinkedIn information there were two other advantages to the new system.
Twitter "wants to take advantage of the strong identity in LinkedIn to make those professional tweeters more successful." While anyone may sign up for a Twitter account without revealing their real identity, LinkedIn is based on the social networking idea that people put their identities on the Web.
Second, LinkedIn users who cross-post will be speaking both to their followers and to the broader Twitter audience that searches for tweets by keywords, location, user and the most current, Blue said.
Both companies are privately held.
(Reporting by David Lawsky; editing by Carol Bishopric)
Twitter Tweetup and Facebook Meet Up
By Chad H. Pollitt Internet Marketing ManagerInternet Marketing ExpertDigital Hill Multimedia, Inc.
FORT WAYNE, IN, October 06, 2009 - Digital Hill Multimedia, Inc. and North Eastern Group Realty will host Fort Wayne's first Twitter Tweetup and Facebook Meet Up networking event starting at 5:00PM on November 3, 2009 at the offices of North Eastern Group Realty located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane.
With all of the buzz surrounding social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, Digital Hill and North Eastern Group is taking a business community leadership role by converting online networking into offline networking at Fort Wayne's first Twitter Tweetup and Facebook Meet Up networking event. There is no cost to attend and Doctor Feelgood's Inc. will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Interested attendees can RSVP for the Twitter Tweetup and Facebook Meet Up at www.fortwaynetweetup.com.
For over 12 years, Digital Hill Multimedia, Inc. has specialized in Web Design, E-Commerce, SEO, Web Hosting, Flash, 3-D Animation, Database Development, and Web Marketing and Promotion Strategies like Twitter and Facebook in Northern Indiana and throughout the Country. They can be contacted at 1-888-537-0703 or www.digitalhill.com.
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This is a Digital Hill repost of a very useful blog post from Small Business Trends.
Though Twitter is powerful all on its own, integrating it into your site makes it even more robust. Finding ways to bring Twitter into your site can help you build community, get readers to retweet and promote your content, and can even help you gain followers by increasing your visibility and letting people know you’re out there.
With Twitter’s popularity, a number of great tools have sprouted up over the past year to help site owners use the microblogging platform more efficiently and engage readers. Below are some of my personal favorites.
The Twitter Widget
The easiest way to integrate Twitter onto your site is to use the default Twitter widget created by Twitter itself. Twitter gives you the option of two different widgets that you can drop into the sidebar of your site (or any other page, for that matter): The Profile Widget and the Search Widget.
- Profile Widget: Displays your most recent Twitter updates on your site.
- Search Widget: Displays a real-time Twitter Search for your name/company. (Note: There’s no Adult filter so…use with caution.)
To get the widget on your site, simply choose which one you’d like, customize it (size, colors, etc) and then copy and paste the code generated onto your site. Very easy.
Follow Me button
Follow me buttons help advertise to readers/customers that you’re on Twitter and makes it easy for them to follow you with one click. You’ll find lots of sites that now offer Follow Me buttons, however, I’m partial to Twitter Buttons since they were one of the first out of the gate. With Twitter Buttons, you input your Twitter username and the site will generate of number of different follow me buttons for you to choose from using different colors, sizes, typefaces and designs. You simply pick which button you like and copy/paste the HTML needed to generate it.
Twitip ID is a neat plugin that adds an extra field to your comment form so that readers can share their Twitter username along with their name and photo. By allowing your commenters to share their Twitter handle it helps you to grow your community by helping users find and interact with one another off your site. It’s simple, but powerful!
TweetMeme’s Retweet button
TweetBacks for Wordpress
One of the downsides of Twitter for bloggers is that it can split the conversation happening about you. The people talking about you on Twitter are separated from those having conversations in the comment section of your blog. The TweetBacks Wordpress plugin helps to bring both conversations together by importing the tweets associated with the post URL and displaying them as comments on your blog. Through the plugin, you have the choice of displaying them in between the other comments on your blog or displaying them separately. As a personal preference, I like displaying them separately.
Intense Debate is another option for combining tweets and blog comments.
This is a Wordpress plugin that gives you not only the hammer, but the entire toolbox to go with it.TweetSuite includes a new “Tweet this” button, a ReTweet button for each Tweetback, the ability to auto update Twitter with your latest blog posts, as well as a whole bunch of cool widgets to choose from to display your most tweeted, recently tweeted, last tweeted and the tweets you Favorited. Fear not, though, you don’t have to use them all. Just pick and choose which ones you’re interested in. TweetSuite gives you full power to integrate Twitter into your site via whole host of options.
Those are some of my favorite ways to integrate Twitter into my site. Give me yours!
From Small Business Trends