LinkedIn habits to quit

Hint: You’re not on Facebook anymore.

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Use of this tool had reached the point where the once somewhat useful status updates section had become nothing more than a TweetDeck column where your LinkedIn contacts’ tweets could be found.

Now that the LinkedIn site is back to what it was intended to be—a powerful networking site where the benefits of social media meet the needs of the professional—we can refocus our efforts to maximize this platform.

There still seems to be some confusion on how to use LinkedIn, however, and although filling your contacts’ world with Tweets is no longer a LinkedIn option, there are still several basic tenets of using LinkedIn that seem to go ignored.

More than anything, LinkedIn is not Facebook; it isn’t Twitter or any other social network, for that matter. It is the most useful network on the planet for professionals and companies looking to hire the best talent, find key customer contacts, or network for strategic partners or groups.

If you want other pros on LinkedIn to take you seriously, you need to avoid certain behaviors, even if they are perfectly acceptable on other social networks.

For best results, here are six social networking practices you should avoid on LinkedIn:

Frequent status updates

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