Marrying Facebook & Twitter: A Quick Way to Annoy Your Friends

by Ron on June 9, 2009

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Guest post by Christine Pilch

I have a couple hundred Facebook friends and maybe a dozen of them are on Twitter. That means that most of my Facebook friends would probably be confused by most of my Twitter posts. So I don’t auto-feed them to my Facebook status. But many people do. I think that’s a bad idea.

Facebook has an application that automatically pulls most of your Twitter posts and updates your Facebook status with them. The only ones it doesn’t post are @Replies and DMs. It even pulls RTs. Now considering that a lot of Twitter posts are clips of mini conversations with other tweeps, when you post them to Facebook, your Facebook friends are only seeing one side of a conversation. That’s just confusing.

Also, if you’re like most Twitter users, you are in and out of the utility throughout the day, and you likely post multiple times within a short period of time. If all of these are posted to Facebook, that fills up your friends Facebook homepage stream with mostly your status updates. I’m guessing that your friends might consider that a bit pompous, as they are probably interested in what you’re doing, but also interested in what others are doing. If you fill up all their space, they’re not getting equal information about other friends.

There is a happy medium however. People who use TweetDeck have the option of checking a box to post select tweets to their Facebook status. This is the best of both worlds. It spares you of the extra effort of duplicate posting across two platforms, and it saves your Facebook friends the irritation of reading every Tweet.

Christine Pilch is a partner with Grow My Company and a social media marketing strategist training clients to utilize LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media tools to grow their businesses.

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1 Karen June 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

I’ve found a preferable solution, since I can’t stand TweetDeck’s interface. I use the “Selective Twitter” app on Facebook. If I append the hashtag #fb to the end of a tweet, it cross-posts it to Facebook (sans the hashtag).

2 Ron June 9, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hi Karen:
Thanks for the comment. I want to check this out. Sounds like a nice approach to the problem.

3 Jen Halloran June 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

Completely agree with your “bad idea” stance, Christine. I recently posted this status update on FB: “Facebook, forgive me; it’s been two weeks since my last update. Plenty of excuses — house guests, massive work project, etc. — but the real culprit? Twitter.”

My son then suggested I auto-update from Twitter to not “neglect” FB, to which I replied: “I actually had TweetDeck set to auto-update my FB page but they’re really two *completely* different audiences. Thus far, I find most auto Tweets on FB pages irrelevant and, frankly, annoying.”

Got many (14?) relieved comments from FB friends, including this:
“Jennifer, *thank you* for not posting your Tweets on Facebook, esp if they are corporate-related. You are astute; two different audiences. This is where your REAL friends are!”

Karen’s suggestion sounds like a great middle ground. I’ll be checking that out, as well…

4 Christine Pilch June 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Karen, your story is remarkably similar to my own, and that’s why I wrote this post. Whatever application one chooses for the sake of convenience, it isn’t advisable to indiscriminately post all tweets to Facebook.

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