LinkedIn and Twitter have split up — and that may be a good thing according to one of the articles below. You can take a look at a project 37signals managed through Basecamp this week, try out your executive-picking skills and more in the links below.
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Twitter actually did LinkedIn a Favor; the site has become usable again
With the recent changes to Twitter’s API, LinkedIn made the choice to remove the ability for a person to send all of her tweets to the site automatically. The reactions to this move have been interesting, with many agreeing with Drew Olanoff’s take that the move has dramatically improved LinkedIn.
Patent troll stalks travel site Hipmunk
Right after Hipmunk announced a round of funding last month, a patent lawyer contacted the company, insisting that they needed to licence a particular patent. But Hipmunk is taking preemptive action, rather than waiting around for a spurious lawsuit.
Startup Clinic: Pinterest clones and the difficulty of getting timing right
Penelope Trunk has a new column over at VentureBeat, reviewing startups. If you don’t know Trunk’s work, absolute honesty is a good description. In this particular column, she makes it clear why the average Pinterest clone is going to bomb (along with why a few of her early projects failed).
Fortune’s fantasy sports executive league
How good are you really at understanding what makes a good executive team? You can get some practice with Fortune’s version of fantasy sports. Pick your dream time of world-class executives. Your choices will be ranked about experts’ opinions as well as other users to keep things interesting.
Backstage: An inside look at how we use Basecamp
Ever wonder exactly how the team at 37signals uses Basecamp? They’ve made one of their projects (on the new version of Basecamp) public so that we can see, step-by-step how the designers envision users managing projects.
Pinterest marketing for ecommerce and online stores – The ultimate guide
There are plenty of startups that have turned Pinterest into a major traffic source, but it’s not as easy as it seems at first. Jen of Bumblebee Linens laid out this guide to how she uses the site to send traffic to her site.
Automate or perish
When you look at some of the most disruptive — and successful — startups, automation of something that used to only be done by humans is a common theme. That’s essentially driven some traditional approaches to business into the ground, making businesses of all sizes focus on automation.
Retro link of the week:
The 5 minute guide to cheap startup advertising
Rob Walling’s post for OnStartups is a short a sweet guide to inexpensive advertising for startups. He focused on five opportunities and includes the information you’ll need to get started, down to the format of the ad.