When it comes to managing multiple social media accounts across different platforms, it’s easy to fall into the time-sucking trap of doing everything manually. If you generally post the same updates on Facebook as you do on Twitter, you can kill two birds with one stone by setting up your Twitter account so it posts your tweets as updates on Facebook automatically.
Connecting Twitter and Facebook
Twitter has made it super simple for you to set it and forget it. Here’s what you need to do.
Sign in to Twitter and then click your small profile photo in the top right corner of the menu to access your “Profile and settings.”
Click “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
In the left sidebar of the given options, click “Apps.”
The first option you see on the next page should be a Facebook Connect app. Click on the big blue “Connect to Facebook” button.
Log in to your Facebook account by clicking “Okay” in the Facebook tab that pops up.
Next, you’ll see a message that says, “Twitter would like to post to Facebook for you.” Use the drop-down menu below that message to select how you want your tweets to be displayed when they’re automatically posted on Facebook (to be seen by the public, your friends, only you, or a custom option). Click “Okay.”
Keep tweeting on Twitter and watch as your tweets automatically show up as Facebook updates on your profile. Don’t panic if you don’t see anything show up immediately or even after several minutes–it takes a while for your Twitter RSS feed to be updated and pulled by Facebook.
Pretty convenient, right? Well, it doesn’t stop there! There are a few more options you can play around with by going back to Twitter and looking at your Facebook Connect app under your Apps tab.
By default, the app has two options checked off: post retweets to Facebook, and post to our Facebook profile. You can uncheck the retweet post option if you just want your own tweets to be posted (which makes sense for Facebook) and you can uncheck the second option if you ever just want to take a break from having your tweets posted as Facebook updates without having to ultimately disconnect the app.
If you have a public Facebook page, you can set up tweets to be posted as updates there as well, in addition to your Facebook profile. Click “Allow” where it says “Allow posting to one of your pages.”
You’ll be asked to allow Twitter to allow Facebook to connect to your pages, and after you click “Okay,” a drop-down list of your Facebook pages will appear under your Facebook Connect app information on Twitter. Select the page you want to use. Unfortunately, you can only select one page if you manage multiple pages.
Keep in mind that any @replies you tweet on Twitter or direct messages you send will not show up on Facebook. Remember that you can manage your auto-posting options anytime by checking or unchecking any of these options in your Facebook Connect app, or you can even disconnect the app altogether if you simply don’t want to use it anymore.
By taking advantage of automatic social posting tools like these, you can cut your social media management time in half and spend more time on the things that really matter.
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