LinkedIn training – get rid of annoying status updates, Twitter implications
LinkedIn just added a feature that allows you to “hide” status updates from people who post every time they add a new condiment to their sandwich.
Twitter users – you probably don’t want to send all of your status updates from Twitter to LinkedIn, or people are likely to hide your status updates forever.
The 60 second version:
LinkedIn made two significant changes to status updates in the last couple of weeks. Previously, only one status update would show per person on a status page. Now, LinkedIn will show multiple status updates for a single person. If you post a lot of back-to-back statuses, you will dominate the pages of your connections, and will probably annoy them.
The second significant change is that people now have the capability to “hide” your status updates, and if they do, they will never see your status updates, and you will never know it.
Action item – don’t send all of your status updates from Twitter to LinkedIn, or people are likely to hide your status updates forever.
More details, if you have more than 60 seconds:
LinkedIn has made multiple changes to status updates since the beginning of the year.
- Last year, you would only see the last status update from each person, so you never saw more than one from each person.
- You can now have Twitter automatically send status updates to LinkedIn also by using the #in tag, whose implications I talked about in http://www.the-linkedin-speaker.com/blog/2009/11/11/linkedin-and-twitter-now-cross-post-status-updates/
The new changes this month are:
- LinkedIn will now show multiple status updates for one person
- Users can now click a “hide” button to forever eliminates status updates from one of their connections (that updates them on every new type of coffee or sandwich they try)
Here is the unexpected part for most LinkedIn/Twitter users.
In the world of Twitter, its understood that some people post a lot, sometimes 10-20 times or more a day. I personally think that is a high number, (unless you have 10-20 really useful pieces of content), but the culture of Twitter accepts it. In LinkedIn and Facebook, no one wants to see a screenful of updates from just one of their connections, especially if they are mundane.
If you want to hide all status updates from one of these people, here is how you do it, and its bizarre.
If you “hover” your mouse in the upper right hand corner of a status update, the word “Hide” appears. Yes, ironically, they hid it, copying the same dumb idea that Facebook used (which I blogged about at http://www.the-linkedin-speaker.com/blog/2009/06/16/facebook-training-tip-remove-annoying-status-updates-hidden-hide-button/). If you click Hide, you won’t see any more status updates from those people. If you want to change the list in the future, scroll down near the bottom where it says
Show hidden updates (1) · Manage hidden updates
in small blue letters, and make the appropriate changes.
For active Twitter users, don’t send all of your status updates from Twitter to LinkedIn, either from
- by using the Twitter #in feature
- or by any other tool
or you may be forever hidden by your connections.
Good luck out there.