This one is a great follow up question that came from my contact form.
For those of us that use LinkedIn professionally, do you have guidance on how to share a tweet to our LinkedIn accounts? How do you retweet it straight to LinkedIn or how is there a way to link my Twitter account to LinkedIn? Also, any advice on what to share and what not to share?
Thank you in advance,
It’s a great question, especially the second part about what (and what not) to post to LinkedIn. Let’s start with the easy answer of how to share a tweet from Twitter to your LinkedIn feed.
One Note Before You Start Sharing Other People’s Tweets To LinkedIn
Just a reminder before you start sharing other people’s images to your LinkedIn feed that intellectual property laws, specifically copyright laws, still apply in the realm of social media. Just because it’s “out there” and someone else has shared it doesn’t mean you can’t get in trouble sharing it to your social feeds.
Sharing social media posts that you don’t have permission to share can get you in a bit of trouble. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution so you don’t expose yourself legally. Even if the image isn’t accompanied by a copyright symbol, it still can be subject to copyright claims.
Steps For Sharing A Tweet From Twitter To Your LinkedIn Feed Using Your Desktop And Browser
This one can vary slightly, depending on whether you want to share just an image that was tweeted or whether you want to share the entire tweet itself.
If you want to share only an image:
Step 1 – Navigate to the tweet that contains the image. To get to an individual tweet, you can either click the date/time of the tweet in your feed or your can click a link that you might been send via an email or have read in a blog post
For an example of a hyperlink, you can click this tweet to this blog post about sharing a tweet to Instagram and it will open that specific tweet in your browser.
Step 2 – Once you have the individual tweet with the image open, you can use your desktop browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to right-click on the image and choose Save Image As….
Step 3 – Save the image to your desktop and remember where you save it, like your desktop.
Step 4 – Now that you have the image saved to your local hard drive, the next step is to just share it to LinkedIn as part of a status update.
Step 5 – Open LinkedIn in your browser.
Step 6 – At the top of your feed, click the “Start a Post” button to create a new post.
Step 7 – In the post popup that appears, type a message that describes the image. Then click the camera image at the bottom of the popup.
NOTE: Clicking the camera icon opens up your default images folder. You could click the file icon and it would pretty much have the same impact because your image is a file that is saved on your local hard drive. Instead of opening up the images folder, it opens the default documents folder.
Step 8 – To share the image and your message, just click the Post button and you’re all set.
You will have successfully shared a Twitter image to your LinkedIn feed.
If you want to share the entire tweet:
Step 1 – Navigate to the tweet that contains the image using the steps above.
Step 2 – Once you have the individual tweet with the image open, click the down arrow in the upper-right corner of the tweet and choose “Copy link to tweet” from the drop down menu.
Step 3 – Now that you have the link to the tweet saved to your clipboard, you can share the link in your LinkedIn post.
Step 4 – Open LinkedIn in your browser.
Step 5 – At the top of your feed, click the “Start a Post” button to create a new post.
Step 6 – Type your status update and then paste the URL to the tweet into your update by using the Ctrl+V command in Windows or Command+V in iOS. LinkedIn will create a link preview to the tweet just below your message.
Step 7 – To share your message and the link to the tweet, just click the Post button and you’re all set.
Congrats! You will have successfully shared a tweet to your LinkedIn feed.
Steps For Sharing A Tweet From Twitter To Your LinkedIn Feed Using The Twitter And LinkedIn Mobile Apps
Just like in the desktop mode, this one can vary slightly, depending on whether you want to share just an image that was tweeted or whether you want to share the entire tweet itself.
If you want to share only an image from your mobile Twitter client via the LinkedIn mobile app:
Step 1 – Navigate to the tweet that contains the image.
Step 2 – Since you are saving the image from a mobile device, then long-press on the image and save it to your device.
Step 3 – Open the LinkedIn app and share the image from the location on your mobile device. To do this, click the Plus icon at the bottom of the app to create a new status update.
Step 4 –In the LinkedIn status update, type your message and then click the image icon to attach the image from your mobile device.
Step 5 – One the image is attached, just click the “Post” link in the upper-right corner of the app and your status update and Twitter photo will be added to your timeline.
If you want to share the entire tweet from your mobile Twitter client via the LinkedIn mobile app:
If you want to share a link to the whole tweet, then here are the steps to do it using the LinkedIn app.
Step 1 – Navigate to the tweet that contains the image using the steps above in your mobile Twitter client.
Step 2 – Depending on your Twitter client, you’re going to need to open the menu for the tweet. I use an Android Twitter client called Talon and the menu is in the three dots in the lower-right corner of any tweet. Once you open the menu, choose the link to copy the URL to the tweet.
Step 3 – Now that you have the URL to the tweet saved to your clipboard, you can share the link to the tweet in using the LinkedIn mobile app.
Step 4 – Open your LinkedIn mobile app.
Step 5 – To share a tweet to LinkedIn, click the Plus icon at the bottom of the app to create a new status update.
Step 6 –In the LinkedIn status update, type your message and then long press in any empty space below the text to paste the URL of the tweet into your post.
Step 7 – To share your message and the link to the tweet, just click the Post button and you’re all set. You will have successfully shared a tweet to your LinkedIn feed using the mobile app.
That’s it! You have successfully shared the link to the tweet with your LinkedIn audience.
What Types Of Tweets Should I Post To LinkedIn?
Now on to the harder question as to whether you should post tweets to Facebook.
My opinion is that only content that relates to professional activities should be posted to LinkedIn. I know there are plenty of people who disagree with that, but LinkedIn is not Facebook and it’s not Twitter. It’s meant to be a professional social network.
Over the last few years, I have seen more and more people treating LinkedIn like it’s a personal social network. Some people even treat LinkedIn like it’s a dating site, which I find ridiculous.
Other folks try to fully automate their social posting by connecting Twitter to LinkedIn using third-party apps like IFTTT or Zapier so every single tweet also gets posted to LinkedIn. I tried that once, but found that a lot of my Twitter content just wasn’t right for LinkedIn. As a result, I disconnected it.
If you do want to make your life a little easier by creating a single post that can be shared to both Twitter and LinkedIn at the same time, Hootsuite gives you the ability to connected to multiple networks and then choose whether a post should be added to both LinkedIn and Twitter. The goal isn’t to try to sync Twitter and LinkedIn so they are exactly the same, but to choose when a post might be appropriate for both social networks.
IMHO, don’t post tweets or photos to LinkedIn unless they relate to your career or are related to the industry you serve. If you’re in Sales, share sales-related content. If you work in the manufacturing industry, then share content that relates to manufacturing.
DON’T share funny cat videos or political tweets (unless you work with cats or politicians).
I hope these steps help out. If you have thoughts or a better way to share twitter content to LinkedIn, be sure to share them in a comment so others can benefit from your knowledge.