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October 6, 2007 2:39 PM

Twitter Will Update Your Facebook Status - Here's How...

There have been a lot of people asking me how I am able to use Twitter and have my latest tweet also appear as my Facebook status. I wish I could remember where I first heard about this, but it does seem to be working.

Here's how.

  1. Get the Twitter application installed in your Facebook profile here: Twitter App For Facebook.
  2. You'll notice a link that says: Want Twitter to update your Facebook status? Click here!

That's it.

There may be some time lag, but it seems to be working fine for me. My understanding is that those who really pump the messages out in Twitter may have some of them get lost. I seem to recall reading somewhere that Facebook only checks your Twitter every thirty minutes (or so). I'm not twittering that much to have this issue, so I'm quite happy with this new additional functionality.

The only reason I'm not thrilled with it is that I am having Twitku flashbacks. Twitku allows you to post once and then have the message distributed via both Twitter and Jaiku. I felt like I was cheating, so I dropped Jaiku and stuck with Twitter.

This morning I also realized how bad I was at answering messages left to my Facebook Inbox. There are many Marketers grappling with what they should (and shouldn't) use in the Social Media space. I must admit, managing one's Digital Presence can be time consuming.

Thankfully, I love playing with this stuff.

By Mitch Joel

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  • Posted by Eric Eggertson
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks, Mitch. I've been meaning to do that for a while, but never followed up on it. Your note spurred me to consolidate my "lifestream" just a bit more...

    Reply
  • Posted by Phil Barrett
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for posting this! I've recently blogged about Twitter and one of my complaints was why i couldn't just have one status update that propagates to other sites.

    I've had a twitter feed on my facebook for a while, but never actually bothered to click on the application settings to see what other options were there.

    i'm still not completely sold on microblogging as an essential piece of my social graph, but this certainly helps!

    Reply
  • Posted by Anonymous
    Anonymous

    It's easy to turn on this feature... but how in the world do you turn it off? Now I've got double-posting to my Facebook mini-feed... one from the Twitter application, and then immediately afterward one showing my updated Facebook status! VERY annoying. I can't find any settings in the Twitter FB app to turn off either one.

    Reply
  • Posted by Anonymous
    Anonymous

    I just wanted to follow up to let people know that I found out how to fix the double-post bug! The answer is here: http://thejoshmeister.blogspot.com/2007/11/twitter-facebook-app-fixing-double-feed.html

    Reply
  • Posted by Jeremy Heslop
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks this is exactly what I was looking for. I even mistyped facbook in google and it found your page! Also thanks for anoymous for posting some fixes.

    Jeremy

    Reply
  • Posted by subcorpus
    Mitch Joel

    thanks for this ... pretty simple solution eh ...?
    BTW ... love your blog design ...

    Reply
  • Posted by John Brown
    John Brown

    This is all well and good, but why do I have to supply my Twitter password to enable this update? The feed is openly available to anyone who wants to get it so why the authentication element for Facebook updates?

    Sorry no external ’system’ get my passwords.

    - J.

    Reply
  • Posted by Angela
    Angela

    I had set up the app with my work twitter account, then when I got a personal twitter account I tried to make the FB app work with that . . . now they BOTH update my FB status.

    Anyone know how to fix that?

    Reply
  • Posted by Doreen
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks. This is exactly what I wanted to know how to do!

    Reply
  • Posted by dave downing
    Mitch Joel

    I have had the exact same problem as Angela. I can't get Facebook to drop my work Twitter and only update from my Personal Twitter. Has anyone found a solution????!!

    Reply
  • Posted by robert
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for the tip.

    Unsure why Facebook is so confusing to get it doing what I want... I can barely make heads or tails of the various "streams", news, profile, wall, photos ... really IMO it should all be one stream.

    Very nice site BTW.

    Reply
  • Thanks for the unbiased info. I'm trying to manage all this as well. Just about to add Twitter as a full-time communication tool and not a once-a-week hobby. We'll see. I'd rather add more sunsets and morning jogs, but instead I add another social networking tool. Hm.

    Reply
  • Posted by Mike Gifford
    Mitch Joel

    Well, I'm not even sure I want to twitter, but I do occasionally update my status line on Facebook, so might as well hit more birds with one stone if I can.

    Reply
  • Posted by Simone
    Mitch Joel

    This is all great but... does anybody know how to turn the automatic updates OFF???

    I now use ping.fm and it's so much more convenient to have the simultaneous update only if/when I want it...

    Txs
    Simone

    Reply
  • Posted by meeee
    meeee

    Isn't this broken now?

    Reply
  • Posted by Kevin
    Kevin

    How do you get facebook to update public feeds without giving a 3rd party your password?

    Reply
  • Posted by robert barnes
    Mitch Joel

    Well, to solve all the aforementioned problems, check out this dude's tutorial. I've had those same issues before and his solution seems to work:

    http://cogito.faii.net/linking-facebook-to-twitter-tutorial/

    With that you get to solve boththe account mixup and selective updating problems.

    According to him, it doesn't work if your twitter feed is on private/safe mode. Apparently that's true...

    Cheers and hope it helps!

    Reply
  • Posted by MikeonTV
    Mitch Joel

    My problem is that I would not like ALL of my tweets to update my Facebook status. I would rather prefer to hit a button in my Twitter client (ie Tweetdeck or DestroyTwitter) and have selected tweets update my FB aswell

    Reply
  • Posted by linda h
    Mitch Joel

    I just had someone hack into my facebook update status with profanity, not only once but twice today.
    I wonder if someone can more easily hack a twitter account for the status update because I believe it would be rather hard to hack into my facebook account.
    Curious.....

    Reply
  • Posted by Byron Rogers
    Mitch Joel

    I have a personal page/profile, which I update my status on periodically.

    Under the same account, I have a Business Page (Pedigree Consultants LLC). Now the issue I have is that my twitter account is for my business. I want the twitter updates to update the status on the business page, but NOT my personal profile page. At the moment, whatever twitter app I have used, updates my personal page/profile which is not what I want.

    Any ideas?

    Reply
  • Posted by paul
    Mitch Joel

    How do I turn this off or uninstall the app?

    Reply
  • Posted by splurt
    Mitch Joel

    I just want my facebook status to update my twitter, and not vice versa

    Reply
    • Posted by JerGold
      Mitch Joel

      Same here! I just want twitter to update my fb status... and not vice versa!
      did you ever get it done?
      thanks!

      Reply
  • Posted by DW5
    DW5

    To turn it off:

    1. Login to Facebook
    2. Go to http://www.facebook.com/editapps.php?
    3. Click Profile link beside the Twitter App
    4. At the bottom of the left hand column click remove App.

    Like Splurt I decided I'd rather have Facebook update Twitter b/c my tweets are more numerous and not quite relevant to Facebook status updates.

    Reply
  • Posted by J Dawg
    J Dawg

    Same problem as Byron.

    How do we update a Facebook Page and not our personal profile?

    Reply
  • Posted by Ashley
    Ashley

    Is there any way to update an actual page, not just a profile from twitter? For example, I am creating some pages for three magazines and was wanting to be able to update them via twitter, is that possible without it being a profile or having its own url yet?

    Reply
  • Posted by darkdirk
    Mitch Joel

    I used to use the Facebook Twitter app, but it falls down if you get into a twitter discussion (even if it handles all the updates it's nonsense for your Facebook friends. Now I use Ping set to update both for status messages but only twitter for 'microblogging' messages. Total control. By default it updates both but I can easily set it to update just one or the other

    Reply
  • Posted by Candise
    Mitch Joel

    Do you know how to turn this off? I accidentally had it feed from the wrong Twitter account.

    Reply
  • Posted by James Isles
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for the post that's a great help.

    To turn it off you need to go to Facebook Applications and edit the Twitter settings Update Feeds.

    Reply
  • Posted by ziggy
    Mitch Joel

    thanks mate!

    Reply
  • Posted by Matthew
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for this info... Not sure if someone has pointed this out already, but the update from twitter to facebook is lagging by only a few seconds now.

    Reply
  • Posted by Chris
    Mitch Joel

    I changed my screen name in Twitter last week and since then the integration isn't working anymore.
    I tried everything. Deleting the application in Facebook, deleting all cookies, changing my Twitter screen name back to the old one.
    Nothing works.
    It looks like the application is gone, but during re-installation the application is using the old account information of Twitter.

    The error message I get is during installing the application that the redirection page is pointing to a page which doesn't exist.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Posted by Richtpt
      Mitch Joel

      I just noticed that this morning, Chris. Yesterday it was working fine. This morning I posted on twitter and Facebook didn't update. I looked at the app, tried a bunch of things, it's not working. I'm going to find Facebook's twitter account and ask them what's up.

      Reply
  • Posted by Pascal
    Pascal

    i use http://www.isstarting.com to update my twitter AND facebook status with one click. I also see if i got new mail on facebook or twitter.

    works very easy

    Reply
  • Posted by Ahren
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks a lot. I Googled this and your post came up. Worked like a charm!

    Reply
  • Posted by Melissa
    Melissa

    Thanks for the info! I couldn't find how to update facebook with my twitter until I found your page

    Reply
  • Posted by karen gordon
    Mitch Joel

    thanks so much for this! you made it simple.

    Reply
  • Posted by Geri Ventura
    Mitch Joel

    Posts on twitter are not auto posting to to facebook. I have added this app to my facebook page, but when I click on settings, the page is blank. When I click on connections (in twitter) facebook is not listed. My goal is to autopost from Twitter acct: montecitofire to Govt Facebook Page: Montecito Fire.

    Reply
  • Posted by Love Doctor
    Mitch Joel

    thanks, i'll have to see how this works. but it was just what i was looking for. i dont know why they dont make this easier or a link on twitter itself.

    Reply
  • Posted by LUV
    Mitch Joel

    Hi,

    Same with Byron and J Dawg, we've been trying to find out a way to connect our tweets directly to our facebook page (company page) If there is a solution we'd appreciate it greatly!

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Posted by Chad Savage
    Mitch Joel

    http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/ is, as of this writing, a blank page. It apparently stopped working on February 14, 2010. I can't find any reason as to why yet.

    LUV - www.hootsuite.com lets you simul-post to multiple Twitter accounts and Facebook fan pages. It's incredibly useful (IMO).

    Reply
  • Posted by Dhanisa Masora
    Mitch Joel

    just wonderful

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  • Posted by weezy
    Mitch Joel

    Hey, thanks for sharing this. Really helpful. More power! You rank 1st in Google 1st page using the keyword 'twitter updates on facebook' Great job!

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  • Posted by pokenpinch
    pokenpinch

    An FYI... it's not called 'twittering', the correct jargon is 'tweeting'.

    Reply
  • Posted by uzair waheed
    Mitch Joel

    i tried to add this application to my facebook and but when ever i try to login this application through my facebook account it says : " Oops! Something went wrong:
    Invalid credentials Invalid user name or password "

    Please HelLPP

    Reply
  • Posted by Tara Bucci
    Mitch Joel

    I was doing this for so long when I just removed it and wanted it back I forgot how I uploaded it in the first place. Thanks a ton! Very easy!

    Reply
  • Posted by Alex Soto
    Mitch Joel

    I sthere a way to do the opposite? That my status updates get posted as tweets? because really, I am more of a facebook user than a tweeter.

    Reply
  • Posted by Inkatechnology
    Mitch Joel

    Since I use Facebook primarily I use Twitterfeed to update my Twitter status with my Facebook status. It's a totally different process from the one you described but achieves the same ends, only in reverse.

    Reply
  • Posted by Tim
    Tim

    This appears to have stopped working in the past day or so. Twitter updates are posted to MY WALL on facebook, but MY STATUS is no longer updated. Oh man.

    Reply
    • Posted by chris
      chris

      I noticed the same thing, and I am trying like mad to figure it out ... anyone have answers?! Thanks

      Reply
      • Posted by clotilde
        Mitch Joel

        I landed on this page looking for a solution to the same problem as you, Tim and Chris. Apparently the developers of that facebook app just changed the behavior (without any sort of notice, which is so weird) of the app so that it posts tweets to one's wall rather than as a status.

        I've followed other users' advice and switched to another facebook app called Smart Twitter -- so far, so good.

        Reply
  • Posted by Faysal
    Mitch Joel

    No comment

    Reply
  • Posted by raffaello
    Mitch Joel

    By the way this App won't work with facebook pages...and nobody knows why

    Reply
  • Posted by Christian Verano
    Mitch Joel

    Awesome tutorial!

    Reply
  • Posted by Lauren
    Mitch Joel

    I am looking to find a way to feed my one twitter account into multiple facebook pages/ accounts. Is this possible? if so, how?

    thanks!
    Lauren

    Reply
  • Posted by Hidden Jackal
    Hidden Jackal

    Comment Addendum:

    TWITTER (if you are indeed listening), I just found Smart Facebook's Twitter for Pages app at http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=290374557459&ref=ts .

    It too appears to be broken. I understand you guys are really, really busy having taken over the world and all but An error occurred with Smart Twitter for Pages. Please try again later. http://www.google.com.au/search?sourceid=&ie=UTF-8&q=damn

    Reply
  • Posted by Within 3 Hours
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks Hidden Jackal - finally got it to work - your link was SUPER easy. For some reason cannot for the life of me work out how to link FB BUSINESS page updates to Twitter!!

    Reply
  • Posted by Gio Rendraco
    Mitch Joel

    hmm, I've tried it out and it seems that Twitter won't Update my Facebook "STATUS", it just posts a "WALL POST" to the Facebook Wall.
    Any advice? Tell me if I wrong.

    Reply
  • Posted by shirley rathbun
    Mitch Joel

    don,t know what url means?

    Reply
  • Posted by Nikkii Griffith
    Mitch Joel

    My tweets and networked blogs are updating my facebook status just fine. Is there away for my fb status to automatically be posted on my twitter page as tweets ?

    Reply
  • Posted by Mark Roses
    Mitch Joel

    since I use facebook website so i didn't know about status updated..how to update your facebook status with the help of other website but now i am easily update my facebook/twitter status with the help of interlink websites.

    Reply
  • Posted by John
    Mitch Joel

    Hey mates, um question: I have chromed bird and update twitter with that. Chromed bird updates twitter, but not twitter AND facebook. But an update direct to twitter.com DOES update facebook. How do I update Twitter AND facebook via chromed bird? thanks.

    Reply
  • Posted by Sonya
    Mitch Joel

    Hi, thanks for making this so simple and straightforward! I have just been searching for ways to do this and there are many complicated directions out there. This is such a simple thing to do, yet was hard to get the clearest of instructions.

    Thanks again, Sonya

    Reply
  • Posted by Peter Drew
    Mitch Joel

    Using this new Facebook APP http://apps.facebook.com/fbtotweet/ your facebook status updates are posted directly to your twitter account, including link posts and photo posts.

    Reply
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  • Posted by Belieber
    Mitch Joel

    What about when you want Justin Bieber's twitter tweets to update your facebook status. Do you know how to do that?

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    Mitch Joel

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  • Posted by Nicholas Scott
    Mitch Joel

    Since I use Facebook primarily I use Twitter-feed to update my Twitter status with my Facebook status. It's a totally different process from the one you described but achieves the same ends, only in reverse.

    Great article.

    Reply
  • Posted by Yth_Mac
    Mitch Joel

    its still not workin for me, tried everything and i want my tweets to show up help me

    Reply
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    Mitch Joel

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    Mitch Joel

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    Mitch Joel

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