Twitter and business focused social network LinkedIn have signed a new deal that will allow users of both services to cross post status messages.
Users of LinkedIn will be able to link Twitter accounts to their profile, and select which messages are cross posted via a small Twitter option below the LinkedIn status entry field. Twitter users will be able to link their LinkedIn accounts, and (and this is perhaps the interesting part) use the hastags #li or #in to indicate that they want that Tweet to be posted to LinkedIn.
A spokesman for Twitter said that the wildly popular microblogging company wanted to take advantage of the strong identity in LinkedIn to make professional tweeters more successful…what ever that means.
The use of hashtags to indicate cross posting is a first for Twitter itself, although it has been used in third party tools before.