Linking Twitter and Facebook Lets you Attack Two Birds With One Stone
Frustrated at having to post a status update, tweet, and promote your blog post all at the same time? We can help you take one element out of that equation by automating it - namely by having your Facebook status updates automatically convert into tweets.
Linking Your Personal Facebook Page to Twitter
Update - the Twitter application appears to be working correctly again. Simply login to the Twitter application on Facebook (and under "connect your accounts" click on the "Sign in with Twitter" button), and you'll be able to connect Twitter to your Facebook account and post status updates to Twitter.
While it's very popular, the Facebook Twitter application (found at apps.facebook.com/twitter/), is a security hazard and is littered with bugs. In fact, if you don't have it installed, and try to do so after July 1, you'll get a "session" error, causing your browser to redirect indefinitely. What did this app do? It let your tweets automatically convert into Facebook status updates. But since the deal breaker between Facebook and Twitter earlier this year the two don't seem to be on the best of terms.
Use the Facebook Twitter Integration Service to Link Other Pages
The good news is that same functionality works the other way around - that is, you can post a Facebook status update and have it converted automatically into a tweet. To do so, simply visit facebook.com/twitter.
On this page, you'll be able to link all your pages to twitter - including any business pages you may have. All you do is click on the Link to Twitter button as illustrated below:
You'll then be taken to a Twitter page that will ask you to sign in to your Twitter account (if you haven't already) to confirm the link:
Enter your Twitter username and password (the login that matches the Twitter account you're trying to link to the corresponding Facebook account (if you're signed in to the wrong Twitter account you'll be given the option to sign out first and re-login)) and click on Allow.
After a short "redirecting back to the application" notice, you'll be taken back to Facebook, where you'll see the following screen:
Under the "edit settings" option, you can decide how much information you want to share with Twitter. After you "save changes" you'll be able to simply post a status update in Facebook (remember to keep it under the 140 character Twitter max, and leave 3 characters for a RT (ReTweet), so 137 characters total), and Facebook will automatically send a link back to your Twitter page where a status update will automatically be posted for you. This saves you from the time of having to login to both services and post updates.
How to Unlink Twitter from Facebook
Note that you also have the option of undoing this link at anytime by visiting facebook.com/twitter. This is not an application by a third party, but the official Facebook / Twitter integration. On this page, simply select the "unlink from Twitter" link next to the Twitter accounts you no longer wish to have associated with their respective Facebook pages. Incidentally, you can also access this connection from within Twitter.
Access The Facebook / Twitter Integration From Within Twitter
You'll also be able to see which Facebook pages your Twitter account is linked to by logging into Twitter, clicking on "settings" in the upper right corner, and then on the "connections" tab as illustrated below:
If you don't see the "connections" tab, don't panic. It simply means Twitter hasn't updated the connection from its end yet. Simply log back into Twitter tomorrow and you should see the tab. To revoke Facebook access to your Twitter account, simply click on connections, followed by the "revoke access" link under the Facebook application, as illustrated above.