Combine Your Facebook and Twitter Status Updates

July 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

There are so many social networks these days that it can seem a bit of a chore to keep them updated, rather than a pleasure.

After all, social networking is supposed to be fun, isn’t it, so why would you waste time updating two different services? That in itself is a bit of a pain, and not something that most of us would care to do.

Now this isn’t a universal thing – some people might run Twitter accounts for a specific task, such as promoting a website such as DeviceMAG (and you can follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates) but on the whole, most people don’t have a website to promote. Instead, they just want a platform or two to leave their thoughts on, and both Twitter and Facebook fulfill this purpose admirably.

Combine Twitter ans Facebook status updates with Ping.fm

Statuses and Tweets

Various services are available that will enable you to update both Twitter and Facebook in one fell swoop, saving time and effort and even battery life in some cases. These all require access to one or both of Facebook and Twitter, and use the information that has been tweeted to populate your Facebook status.

Of course, there is one thing to bear in mind when making a choice about which method you’re going to use to share your updates between these two services, and that is length.

Basically, you’re limited to 140 characters on Twitter, as opposed to 420 characters on Facebook. However, an interesting post on Facebook isn’t necessarily going to make sense on Twitter, so you might prefer to keep you updates short rather than long.

Post to Facebook and Twitter Simultaneously with Ping.fm!

Ping.fm is one of the best methods of sharing updates between Twitter and Facebook (as well as LinkedIn, Digg and Flickr), and comes with plenty of options to configure how your tweets are displayed.

To get started with this service, visit Ping.fm and signup with your email address and password. The next step is to check through the massive list of social networks that you can choose from. As we’re looking at Twitter and Facebook, select each of these and click the Add Network links to add your accounts to your Ping.fm account, following any on-screen instructions for authorizing the link and adding your Twitter and Facebook credentials.

With this step completed, you will then find a Facebook settings screen which will allow you to define what type of Twitter updates you want to appear in your Facebook status, as well as where you want them to be displayed (if you have any pages setup).

Once this has been done, visit the Dashboard link and start posting updates! These will very soon appear on your Twitter and Facebook pages, and by using a Ping.fm app on your mobile you can save a great deal of time posting updates, resorting to your Facebook and Twitter apps only when you want to post replies to your friends!

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