Can you summarize your resume in 140 characters or less?
Twitter announced yesterday that it is partnering with LinkedIn, a career-focused networking site. Now, when users update their status on LinkedIn, they have the option to have that same update appear on the Twitter, and vice versa.
"More and more, people are finding that the persona they create for themselves on the Web is part of their resume in many ways," according to Biz Stone, a co-founder of Twitter. Ultimately, it’s a way for both sites to expand their user base.
But is it really a good idea to mix these two worlds? LinkedIn is considered by many to be insulated from the world of drunken photos and inane life updates that flood social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Do you really want employers to read about your career accomplishments and then stumble across posts about the last time you got blasted on Jagermeister?
PC World recently listed a few do’s and don’ts for users who take advantage of this new networking opportunity. One point they strongly emphasize is that while it’s fine to broadcast your LinkedIn updates on Twitter, it shouldn’t be a two-way street.
“Sharing an update about your recent promotion on LinkedIn via Twitter is a great idea, but all those drunken tweets you send out on Saturdays won't look so hot on your professional profile,” according to PC World.
Luckily, both networks will let you control which posts get published where. Use good judgment and don’t get so drunk you confuse the two sites.