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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 automatically converting your Facebook status into tweets.
Linking Your Facebook Page To Twitter
Many of our readers have encountered issues trying to link these two popular platforms. The method for successfully getting the link between Twitter and Facebook to work has changed over the years. It has unfortunately been entirely disabled in recent years. We have retained our old instructions below in case the companies reactivate this feature. Meanwhile, we present you with our workaround (which we hope you’ll find could prove to be a more sustainable and effective solution anyway).
A social media management tool accomplishes the same goal as linking your accounts: posting content simultaneously to Facebook and Twitter. Not only that, many tools allow you to post to additional platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and others.
We are big fans of SEMRush and have been using it for years, not only for our SEO needs but also for social media posts. Once you create an account, you can link up your social media accounts. Using the Social Media Poster tool, you can simultaneously post to Facebook and Twitter (and additional channels too). You can also schedule posts, and the software will suggest ideal posting times.
Here’s a calendar view of some of our content posted via SEMRush so you can see it in action. The icons to the left of each post indicate which platform it will post to and the timestamp when it will post that day of the month (with the past dates in grey and green checkmarks showing that it is complete).
When scheduling a post, you will see a preview of the post and how it will appear on the various channels. Then after it posts, you’ll get analytics on how it performed. Here’s how the preview function looks so you can see the post will appear on Facebook and Twitter (along with the scheduling feature).
In addition to Semrush, consider a social media-specific tool like Hootsuite. They offer affordable pricing and free accounts for up to three profiles (Facebook, Twitter, and one additional social media platform). You can use Hootsuite to monitor mentions, interactions, likes, and more. Below is a screenshot of what their web-based tool looks like).
Linking Your Facebook Page To Twitter (Old Method – Currently Disabled)
Prior to mid-2020, before Facebook disabled this feature, these were the steps you took to link Facebook to Twitter. Again, they have since removed this feature, so these instructions are no longer valid. We are keeping them here for archival purposes, and in case they reactivate one day.
Go to facebook.com/twitter and click on the “link to Twitter” button. You can connect your personal profile (at the top) and/or any of your Facebook pages, all from this page.
You must log in to the Twitter account you are trying to link.
From there, it will take you to a prompt to authorize Facebook to use your account. If you are not logged in, you will need to enter your Twitter username and password first.
Once you click on “Authorize,” it will redirect you back to Facebook to see the following screen and select what type of content you’d like to share by clicking on the boxes.
Here you can decide how much information you want to share with Twitter, then click “save changes,” and you’re all set! Now you’ll be able to post a status update on Facebook that will save you from having to log in to both services and post two separate updates.
Since Twitter has a character limit, it will automatically truncate your post with an automatically created short URL (Example fb.me/XYC) that will link back to the original post on Facebook.
Linking Your Tweets To Facebook
Additionally, you can post your Tweets to your Facebook page at twitter.com/settings/applications. However, since June 2015 this feature is experiencing technical issues.
Ready, Set, Post!
We hope that helps you in your quest to save yourself time and energy when posting to Facebook and Twitter simultaneously. While the process has changed, the outcome is still the same. And using these third-party tools make your job even easier than doing it the old way. Learn more about Facebook best practices, including how to set up your own custom URL for your Facebook page.
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