25 Tips for Effective Online Networking using LinkedIn and Twitter

13 Aug

Try a few of these 25 ways to build your network and digital presence using LinkedIn and Twitter. I actively use many of these techniques on a regular basis and have had outstanding results growing my network. Try a few and let me know what you think.

  1. Use Twitter Grader to find Social Influencers to follow
  2. Develop an inviting tag line for yourself
  3. Use the same flattering profile picture on LinkedIn and Twitter
  4. Pay attention to suggested network connections on LinkedIn
  5. Post content relevant to your professional interests and/or industry
  6. Integrate Twitter updates on LinkedIn
  7. Participate in group discussions
  8. Answer questions (and indicate “Best Answers”)
  9. Ask questions (and send a personal note along when you email to your network)
  10. Use Twitter suggestions to find relevant people to follow
  11. Follow your LinkedIn connections on Twitter
  12. Participate in #Follow Fridays (#FF)
  13. Engage on Twitter through RTs and Mentions
  14. Invite relevant Tweeps to connected on LinkedIn via Twitter Direct Message
  15. If they accept your LI connection request — send a follow up invitation for coffee.
  16. Follow lists on Twitter
  17. Follow Twitter users identified on Lists you follow
  18. Follow companies on LinkedIn
  19. Solicit recommendations (give your potential recommender 2 or 3 bullet points to get started on your endorsement)
  20. Download applications on LinkedIn (like Slide Share)
  21. Use Status Updates to identify professional activities and work
  22. Create polls
  23. Reply “privately” to LinkedIn status updates (like career move updates)
  24. Post your blog pieces, digital press about your industry or companies on your radar in relevant groups
  25. Create lists on Twitter

Posted by on August 13, 2010 in blog, communication, social media


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2 responses to “25 Tips for Effective Online Networking using LinkedIn and Twitter

  1. Gavin Ward

    September 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Nice post. Re point 6, integrating your Twitter account with LinkedIn has thrown up a bit of a mixed reaction from professionals I know. Some same it appears like extra spam that is a shortcut to you losing a connection on linkedin. Others say it is good extra publicity. Thoughts appreciated. Personally, I think that the more exposure you get on the web the better. There is, afterall, no such thing as bad publicity.

    • Erika Pryor

      October 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

      You’re right — not everyone thinks the Twitter-LinkedIn integration is a good thing. Obviously, I do, but have actually been contacted by someone that didn’t necessarily appreciate the number of updates I posted each day. I do weigh that with my industry and believe because I’m in digital communication, it’s important for me to update frequently on that topic as well as others. I think people should take that concern into consideration among others when determining the effectiveness of integrating Twitter and LinkedIn.

      Thanks so much for reading and offering your feedback.


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