Selective Twitter Status Updates to Facebook: A tutorial

Posted by David Meerman Scott 11:29 AM on September 03, 2009

Selective_twitter_statusFor several months, I was sending all of my tweets to update my Facebook status using the Twitter application on Facebook. Yes it saved time, but I found this approach was annoying to many people. (Thank you to those who clued me in to my obnoxious behavior).

Because I might tweet ten or twenty times some days, my Twitter stream was too large for most of my Facebook friends. Worse, I was confusing people on Facebook when they would see a reply or a re-tweet that made no sense out of context. And for my Facebook friends who are not on Twitter, I sounded like a lunatic. Here is an example of the sort of tweet that does not belong on Facebook @jadecraven Looking forward to meeting you too. I'm at LAX now -- will be in Sydney Monday morning.

So I was excited when Michael J. Russell turned me on to a Facebook application called Selective Twitter Status. This simple applications allows you to update your Facebook status from Twitter, but you can choose which tweets you want by ending a tweet with #fb when you want to post it as your Facebook status.

Selective Twitter Status is a free application by Andy Young. Andy accepts donations and I was thrilled to send him a few bucks because I like this application so much.

Here's how to set it up.

1) Go to Facebook, search for the Selective Twitter Status application in the search bar on the right and click on it.


2) When you get to page, click on the application


3) It is so easy to configure. It takes just one step – enter your Twitter user name. Note that if you have another Twitter status application you will need to disable it first.


4) Now, when you update Twitter, all you need to do is add #fb to the end of each tweet that you want to show on your Facebook status. Really, it's that easy. And it works in other Twitter clients like Tweetdeck and Twitpic.


I love this application so much that I wanted to share here.

However, I am not an expert. Please direct any questions or support issues to the help page.

David Meerman Scott

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