10 Ways To Update Facebook & Twitter Simultaneously

FT   10 Ways To Update Facebook & Twitter SimultaneouslyIf you’re active on both Facebook and Twitter it can be a hassle updating both social networks at the same time. There are several apps that make it easy to automatically post your latest tweets to your Facebook wall. While clearly not as popular, there are also some options on how to post your Facebook status updates to your Twitter feed, whether from your Facebook page or personal profile. A third option yet is to post to both networks simultaneously using a third party application.

Some Facebook and Twitter users argue that the two should not be combined, and it’s unwise to flood your followers and friends with the same content. On the flip side, there is often a lot of content that is of interest to both your Facebook and Twitter friends, and finding a way to easily share that information across social networks can be a timesaver.

Post Twitter Updates To Facebook

If you want to get your tweets on your Facebook wall, the following three apps are a good place to start. It’s worth noting that if you’re tweets are protected, none of these apps will work.

Selective Twitter

Selective Twitter is an app which allows you to selectively post your tweets to your Facebook wall. To configure the app to post tweets to your Facbeook profile, enter your Twitter username, and grant it access to your Facebook profile.

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In addition to posting Twitter updates to your Facebook profile, you can also configure the app to update your Facebook pages with your latest tweets.

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What sets Selective Twitter apart from other similar services is that you choose which tweets are sent to your Facebook wall by including the hashtag #fb. This is useful for people who don’t want to flood their Facebook friends with all of their tweets.

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Twitter App

The official Twitter app for Facebook allows you to post all of your Twitter updates to your Facebook wall. After granting the app permission to access your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you’re ready to share your tweets with your Facebook friends.

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Unlike Selective Tweets, all of your tweets will be posted, with the exception of @ replies and direct messages.

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An advantage that the Twitter App has over Selective Tweets is that it includes a direct link to your Twitter account.

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Smart Twitter

To use Smart Twitter, you must first grant the application access to both your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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You can then decide which tweets will be posted to your Facebook wall. One way in which Smart Tweets sets itself apart is it allows you to choose to include @ replies, retweets and hashtags.

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Like Selective Tweets, there is no direct link to your Twitter account on each of your status updates.

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Post Facebook Updates to Twitter

It’s not as simple if you want to update Twitter from within Facebook, but there are a couple of options available. You can easily update your Twitter account from your Facebook fan page, but to do so from your personal profile will take a little bit more effort.

Twitterfeed

In order to post your Facebook status updates to Twitter, you will need to find your status update RSS feed. To do this, go to your notifications page by clicking See All Notifications.

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Right click Via RSS and click Copy Link Address.

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You’re going to slightly alter the link – the part of the link that reads ‘notifications.php’ should be replaced to ‘status.php’ while the rest remains the same. In TwitterFeed click on Create a new feed and use the altered RSS feed from Facebook.

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In the advanced settings, for Post Content, select ‘title only‘ and for Update Frequency, ‘Post up to 1 new update at a time,’ and make sure that ‘Post Link‘ is unchecked.

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Authenticate your Twitter account and all status updates will now be automatically pushed from Facebook to Twitter.

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The tweet will also include your Facebook name which is less than ideal, but may be a small price to pay for the automated service.

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Facebook Pages

If you run a Facebook fan page, Facebook makes it easy to share all of your Facebook updates directly on Twitter, by linking your page to Twitter.

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You can share everything published on your Facebook page, or selectively choose from status updates, links, photos, notes and events.

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All updates show on Twitter as being updated via Facebook.

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Post to Both Facebook and Twitter Simultaneously

If you’re equally active on Facebook and Twitter and want to update them at the same time, there are several applications to consider.

Ping.fm and HelloTxt allow you to simultaneously update both Facebook and Twitter, amongst other social media and blogging services including Tumblr and LinkedIn. Third party apps like HootSuite, Seesmic and TweetDeck feature Facebook and Twitter integration, amongst other services, allowing you to update your status using just one application.

Do you think it’s a good idea to update Facebook and Twitter at the same time? Do you have any tips on how to update both social media networks simultaneously? Let us know in the comments.

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Dacker

I’ve been using Tweetdeck for several month. TweetDeck lets you simultaneously post to:
* Twitter
* Facebook
* LinkedIn
* Foursquare
* MySpace
* Buzz

It’s available for:
* Chrome
* Android
* iPad
* iPhone
* Desktop
o Mac
o Windows
o Linux

http://www.tweetdeck.com/

Couchr

Awesome tips! I think it’s a great idea to post to Twitter & Facebook simultaneously, however, it should not be abused. Too much of either one can get annoying. That’s why I like Tweetdeck because I can decide what posts go where and not just to Facebook and Twitter, but tons of other social networks as well.

One danger I want to warn people of is be careful when trying these different methods to not have two or more enabled at once… it could result in double-posting several times to multiple accounts and “spamming” your contacts and followers.

Dacker

I’ve been using Tweetdeck for several month. TweetDeck lets you simultaneously post to:
* Twitter
* Facebook
* LinkedIn
* Foursquare
* MySpace
* Buzz

It’s available for:
* Chrome
* Android
* iPad
* iPhone
* Desktop
o Mac
o Windows
o Linux

http://www.tweetdeck.com/

Aaron Couch

Awesome tips! I think it’s a great idea to post to Twitter & Facebook simultaneously, however, it should not be abused. Too much of either one can get annoying. That’s why I like Tweetdeck because I can decide what posts go where and not just to Facebook and Twitter, but tons of other social networks as well.

One danger I want to warn people of is be careful when trying these different methods to not have two or more enabled at once… it could result in double-posting several times to multiple accounts and “spamming” your contacts and followers.

Emath

Good point Couchr, people definitely should use moderation when using these methods as your follows won’t appreciate getting what looks like spam in a rapid fire succession. I’ve actually done this once on accident – I had more than one auto tweet service going. It was pretty embarrassing.

Aaron Couch

Good to know I’m not the only one who’s slipped up and accidentally done that! Thankfully we’ve both learned! I have a question on that matter: I have a photo blog on Posterous (http://TheTruePicture.posterous.com) that I have posting to both Twitter and Flickr. Problem is, I also have Google Buzz importing my Flickr & Twitter feeds. This results in a tweet and photo(s). Is this too much? This also occurs with my tech blog on Blogger. I have Google Buzz importing feeds for my followers to read right there, but I also autopost to Twitter. Is that too much? Thanks for your input!

nm

Absolutely – I think people should definitely be selective about cross-posting. You really have to be cautious about how you use it – especially if you’re the kind of person who live-tweets events.

JFarrow

You forgot a very powerful one….a Ning profile. this how I manage to post to both at the same time, along with using twitterfeed to post to a fan page wall for land surveyors united. I update my profile status on http://landsurveyorsunited.com which has both of my accounts configured then when i post it goes not only to facebook profile, but to twitter and twitterfeed which then posts to facebook.com/landsurveyorsunit…

JFarrow

You forgot a very powerful one….a Ning profile. this how I manage to post to both at the same time, along with using twitterfeed to post to a fan page wall for land surveyors united. I update my profile status on http://landsurveyorsunited.com which has both of my accounts configured then when i post it goes not only to facebook profile, but to twitter and twitterfeed which then posts to facebook.com/landsurveyorsunited

Jan Kjellin

Of course there are lots of services that can help you do these things. It’s probably just a matter of taste and personal preferences.

Personally, I use Chumly (http://www.chumly.com) to do this. It also allows me to post to a number of other services as well.

One thing I really like is that Chumly now filters out the hashes in #hashtags from posts that go to Facebook. Very usual when posting to both services at once, but still want full Twitter usability while at the same time aspiring for a clean look at Facebook.

Jan Kjellin

Of course there are lots of services that can help you do these things. It’s probably just a matter of taste and personal preferences.

Personally, I use Chumly (www.chumly.com) to do this. It also allows me to post to a number of other services as well.

One thing I really like is that Chumly now filters out the hashes in #hashtags from posts that go to Facebook. Very usual when posting to both services at once, but still want full Twitter usability while at the same time aspiring for a clean look at Facebook.

nm

Thanks for the suggestion – I’ll definitely check it out. Smart Twitter actually does the same thing – you can choose to exclude hashtags from your Facebook posts. What I like about a service like Smart Twitter over Chum.ly is that it works in the background without having to use a third service.

nm

Thanks for the suggestion – I’ll definitely check it out. Smart Twitter actually does the same thing – you can choose to exclude hashtags from your Facebook posts. What I like about a service like Smart Twitter over Chum.ly is that it works in the background without having to use a third service.

Couchr

Good to know I’m not the only one who’s slipped up and accidentally done that! Thankfully we’ve both learned! I have a question on that matter: I have a photo blog on Posterous (http://TheTruePicture.posterou…) that I have posting to both Twitter and Flickr. Problem is, I also have Google Buzz importing my Flickr & Twitter feeds. This results in a tweet and photo(s). Is this too much? This also occurs with my tech blog on Blogger. I have Google Buzz importing feeds for my followers to read right there, but I also autopost to Twitter. Is that too much? Thanks for your input!

bmk

Tweetpo.st is also nice, when it works… there were a lot of problems early on, but it’s very promising.

bmk

Tweetpo.st is also nice, when it works… there were a lot of problems early on, but it’s very promising.

Paul Burton

You can do this and a lot more with Dlvr.it too. I created a tutorial on my blog explaining how to set it up: http://blog.paul-burton.com/20

Paul Burton

You can do this and a lot more with Dlvr.it too. I created a tutorial on my blog explaining how to set it up: http://blog.paul-burton.com/2010/09/18/use-dlvr-it-to-selectively-post-between-social-networks/comment-page-1/#comment-60

J. Simon van der Walt

What I’d *really* like to be able to do is to automagically mirror all my titter activity to *status update* on fb, not to the wall. At the moment, I crosspost using ping.fm, but I’d much rather just live in twitter and let fb take care of itself. And I don’t want to use a separate app either. I’ll try some of the suggestions here, but I have a feeling I’m s.o.l here.

J. Simon van der Walt

What I’d *really* like to be able to do is to automagically mirror all my titter activity to *status update* on fb, not to the wall. At the moment, I crosspost using ping.fm, but I’d much rather just live in twitter and let fb take care of itself. And I don’t want to use a separate app either. I’ll try some of the suggestions here, but I have a feeling I’m s.o.l here.

VP Medical

I’ve been searching for how to post Facebook statuses to Twitter and was excited to find this. However, the twitterfeed doesn’t work. I keep getting errors that the feed is empty or missing publishing dates. I checked feed validation and it looks like FB update may have made this unusable now. Interesting to see if others have the same or similar issues.

mgŠo

I personally recommend Seesmic’s web app + ping.fm integration (or Hootsuite too!). I’ve long stopped using Tweetdeck because you’re forced to download & install it… #uncool

mg©o

I personally recommend Seesmic’s web app + ping.fm integration (or Hootsuite too!). I’ve long stopped using Tweetdeck because you’re forced to download & install it… #uncool

#TravelLive

I am missing TweetsLinks in your list. It does a great job in posting not only the tweet, but also a link preview from Twitter to Facebook – complete with title, description and thumbnail. Example: http://www.facebook.com/guente
The pity is that throughout the last days, it has been very inconsistent. Last posts are from March 7th – since monday: nil. So – does anyone know another tool that posts tweets with a link preview?

#TravelLive

I am missing TweetsLinks in your list. It does a great job in posting not only the tweet, but also a link preview from Twitter to Facebook – complete with title, description and thumbnail. Example: http://www.facebook.com/guenterexel/posts/1445257790156
The pity is that throughout the last days, it has been very inconsistent. Last posts are from March 7th – since monday: nil. So – does anyone know another tool that posts tweets with a link preview?

Rob Bednark

In your TwitterFeed directions, you state “make sure that ‘Post Link‘ is unchecked.” Why? Will it not work then? What does this do? I’m guessing it would post a link to the Facebook posting, and you are assuming people don’t want a link posted for their Facebook status?

Rob Bednark

I just went through your directions for TwitterFeed, but TwitterFeed gave an error with the Facebook feed after changing it from “notifications.php” to “status.php” per your directions. I changed it back to “notifications.php” and it accepted that. I haven’t yet tested it by updating my Facebook status to see if it updates my Twitter status.

nm

What error did it give you? I tested it myself and it worked straight away.

Rob Bednark

In your TwitterFeed directions, you state “make sure that ‘Post Link‘ is unchecked.” Why? Will it not work then? What does this do? I’m guessing it would post a link to the Facebook posting, and you are assuming people don’t want a link posted for their Facebook status?

VP Medical

Rob, that means you are tweeting your personal notifications from others rather than your status. I keep getting errors and can’t get mine set up.

Belinda13

This is all really good information to consider for my new marketing campaign. Thank you all for sharing … this definitely helping to educate me about all the options available.

Amstyl Polycarpe

Twitterfeed gave me this error message:
1 error prohibited this feed from being saved
There were problems with the following fields:
Feedurl A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see http://twitterfeed.com/help#fa

Amstyl Polycarpe

Twitterfeed gave me this error message:
1 error prohibited this feed from being saved
There were problems with the following fields:
Feedurl A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see http://twitterfeed.com/help#faq2_3

Sezin

Greetings!

Thanks for this great resource!

Do you know if there is a way to automatically publish my fan page updates to two different Twitter accounts?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best,

Sezin

Tina

Sezin,

you might need another tool to do that. And I think in case you don’t receive an answer here, this is an excellent question for MakeUseOf Answers.

JulieB