10 Ways To Update Facebook & Twitter Simultaneously

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update facebook and twitter at the same timeIf 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.

update facebook and twitter simultaneously

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.

update facebook and twitter at the same time

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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Comments (36)
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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