Publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automatically

I have been using a third-party free website to do this, but inexplicably it stopped working a few days ago. This wasn’t the first time this has happened, so to me, if something happens multiple times, it’s probably a flaw in the system. I looked for other options to publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automatically and found this – NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

Publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automaticallyI am not receiving any benefit for this review or any review I write on my blog. Just sharing what I find useful. I tried probably a dozen different publish to LinkedIn plugins. Most of them required you to take the ugly and time-consuming step of registering for a LinkedIn API and then copying and pasting it back into their software. Part of being an outstanding program is making things easy for the average person. So anything that isn’t easy or intuitive doesn’t make the cut. This software was remarkable. Once I installed it, it automatically picked up my Twitter/LinkedIn account probably from scanning my browser history. I didn’t have to do any setup. Well I had to do a test post and reconnect to LinkedIn, but that was just a button press, and easy to do.

Setting it up to work with Twitter requires the setup of a developer account which isn’t straightforward. However it is ultimately less time than trying to use a failed third-party update. It turns out that I couldn’t even post to one network even on their basic account. So I deleted my account and just using this plugin.

It doesn’t matter if this problem is due to LinkedIn or the third-party website, but when you have other free tools then it is worth investigating. What is neat about this NextScripts tool is that you can connect to so many different networks. This would be a great help for a social media manager or webmaster who handles marketing for a company. Or for non-profits who don’t have the ability to hire a full-time staff person. It is really neat how for a very low-cost, non-profits can reach an audience they never could in the past. Technology is an enabler ideally.

Update: What happened is that the third-party website changed its pricing structure and only allowed 1 delivery instead of two. Too bad it was a great service.

Pluralsight excellent for IT training

Working in IT you need to commit each day to further your knowledge and training. I have tried various sites for training but found them disappointing. YouTube is a good source of training videos, but often they are out of date. Lynda.com doesn’t have good IT training for people who aren’t beginners. So that left me looking for a new place. I found it and it is called Pluralsight.

The nice thing about this site is that it has a reasonable fee for individual or group use. No I don’t get any benefit for sharing this, I am just a satisfied customer. If you work in IT and need instructors who are knowledgeable and decent presenters, this is a good resource.

The only downside is like at other training sites, you get instructors who waste your time with details that aren’t important. The biggest thing in IT is to learn principles, and details you can fill in. For example, I once had an interview for doing a process that MS said takes 200 steps. There are plenty of sub-steps in that 200 steps as well. Microsoft has a website, tools, and guides to the process, it just takes someone who is detailed oriented to do that process. It isn’t a common skill, so you can imagine that most people are familiar with it, but haven’t actually done it themselves. Your worth as an IT person is in researching exactly what needs to be done for a company and then making a plan as through as you can with the available information.

That is the thing about IT. The best IT people have knowledge, but they also understand the process. I’ll give you another example. I was asked to help a coworker troubleshoot why an Adobe Form wasn’t working. She had used the Wizard and it was mostly correct but several more advanced radio and check mark boxes and an advanced clear form were not working. She asked me for help. I had never made an Adobe PDF form myself, but I’m willing to look at something and see if I can provide guidance on the next step. I started to look at the form and because I had done some programming in the past I had some ideas about the variables that were in use. Well I had an idea and tried it, and it worked! There were several issues with the form but I was eventually able to figure it out. In this case, I didn’t have specific knowledge about the problem, but I learned what I needed to know by working with it.

People don’t need know it all IT people, but people who are willing to learn.

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