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September 03, 2009


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I love this application too. It also works when you post from one of the URL shortening services, like bit.ly . I have turned many friends on to it and have become a fan on its Facebook page.

Now if only there was a reverse one to go from Facebook to Twitter selectively.. : )


Great post! I had the same experience. Got feedback that my tweets were sometimes hard to understand in Facebook, and that I was at times sending too many status updates. Selective Twitter has addressed those issues.


Thanks for the post. Much easier than checking the update boxes every time I submit a post.

Brent Billock

You haven't had any feedback from Twitter followers that it's annoying to see #fb in your tweets?

It may be a little OCD of me, but I really don't like seeing the hash tag appropriated for a different function. The pound sign has become a standard for labeling metadata about your tweet and aggregating content on a particular subject.

By using the hash for something else, you're forcing your Twitter followers to ask "how is this a tweet about Facebook?" Even if they know about the Selective Twitter app, it puts the burden on your audience to understand that they're supposed to ignore that part of your tweet.


I always seem to annoy people either way! But good point!

David Meerman Scott

Brent - Yeah, but what can I say. I annoy them less now than I did before. Nothing is perfect.


Sounds like a useful application, David. I was doing the same thing (and getting some similar pushback from my Facebook contacts). Now i just use the Facebook integration Tweetdeck. It allows me to manage multiple Twitter accounts and my Facebook account and select which posts go where. Simple and easy.

And I swear Tweetdeck didn't pay me to post this :)


David, thanks for your gracious shoutout.

I discovered the Selective Twitter Status app after much trial and error, and have found it to be a wonderfully simple and effective solution to a nagging problem. I'm glad to share what I've found with others who will find value in it, too.

So, now my long-suffering, non-Twitterphile friends and family on Facebook don't have to be subjected to incomprehensible stuff like:

RT @NormanBilly OH: Rumble in Hastings, FTW! #needcheese #SaxonFAIL

...unless they want to be, of course.

Scott Hepburn

Classic helpfulness from DMS! Good stuff for your reader here, mate.

Have you taken advantage of Facebook's newish feature letting you automatically post your Page's updates to Twitter?

Similar shortcoming -- not selective -- but I suspect FB Page --> Twitter would be more palatable to your audience. Just a hunch, though.

Linda VandeVrede

Maybe I'm not as busy as everyone else, but I like to keep my twitter and FB updates completely different/separate. I've never even considered having twitter updates appear on FB as well. Am I an anomaly? I use twitter for more business/fact-oriented tweets, and FB for more personal updates.

Adi @ The Management Blog

It's a nice functionality to have, although like Linda I tend to use Twitter more professionally and Facebook socially. If the talk of Facebook challenging Google for the real-time search space are true then Facebook will become increasingly business orientated though, which aligns nicely with the recent comScore report showing that Facebook served 8.2% of all online ads.

Sweton Fleming

hi buddy.....ur study regarding twitter followers was really very amzing ...

Tamara Gruber

Hi David,

Good of you to share. I use Selective Twitter status also and have tried to turn my friends onto it. Since many people have varying audiences for Twitter and Facebook, you are right, Twitter updates make you look a little nuts to the unenlightened, not to mention clogging the newsfeed.

Also, for FB pages, I found the Twitter application from Involver to be a good solution. It will create a tab for your Twitter stream, although you have to pay a premium to have it update the fan page status. Hopefully an even cleaner solution will come out soon.

Thanks for sharing! I'm always looking for tips on new apps and technologies.

Russ Somers

Thanks! I find tweets posted to FB sometimes useful, sometimes annoying. So it's up to the tweeter to make a choice on each tweet, as you've done.

I do the same, but use Tweetdeck's FB option. For each tweet I decide whether I want it to also go to FB or not. That lets me screen out the irrelevant items.

Ben Merrion

Thanks for sharing about this David. I haven't posted to my Facebook page from my Twitter account, but now Facebook offers the reverse with pages - you can tweet what you post to your Facebook page. I thought it would be nice, since I tweet much of what I post to my organizations page anyway, but on some of my tweets if posted a link that didn't exist on Facebook, so it seems there are still some bugs to be worked out with it. Has anyone else tried this?

David Meerman Scott

Good discussions. Thank you all for commenting. Clearly there is no "right way" to do this. We're all learning as we go along. David

Dean Piccirillo

This app is a great idea. Thanks! Going to register now. Dean

David Criswell

Good stuff David, though I learned the hard way that it appears that if you were already sending Twitter posts to FB through the FB twitter app, that you need to disable that app when using the tool you referenced or you'll end up double posting.

Alessandro Filippi

Nice application but is just twitter i don't need make me to much to do.

Amelia Vargo

This sounds like a great application. I'm off to install it right away! Thanks for the tip.

Mary Cochran

Thanks, I'm going to try it.


thanks for pointing this out! I bet I was doing the same thing. Love to be able to choose what I want to go out to both Facebook and Twitter! Gitasan

Lisa Marie Mary

Thank you so much for posting this! I have been wondering how to do this! You totally get the "You ROCK!" award for the day! ;)

rebekah donaldson

I set up the FB-Twitter integration yesterday and... DOH! I need to implement the above advice so I don't irritate my connx. Thanks David. You rule. -- Red

David Meerman Scott

Thanks all. I LOVE this app.

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Well personally on twitter i use to go for url shortening services from bit.ly and other url processing sites.Generally they are used on all kinds of social media websites.I checked the benefits of this application really cool one.

Gary Neal

That is so cool! I had no idea that they had a Selective Twitter app! I'll definitely have to check that one out because some of my friends have been saying that my Twitter updates on Facebook are a little annoying. I'll have to tell me friends over at the equipment financing and leasing company about this too. They'll love it!

Kacy B. Kelly

Thank you, I have recently been searching for info about this topic and yours is the best I have located so far. Cool apps, Cheers!

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