Connecting your Twitter and Facebook accounts

We’ve talked about how to set up a Twitter account, what to tweet and how to set up a Facebook Page for your book.  At any point, have you thought: Who has time to post status updates in two different places?  If so, you’re right.  Although it is important to monitor activity on both sites, you can save time by posting in one place and having it automatically posted where you want it to go.

There are a number of ways you can do this.  I will describe the easiest way which I will later tie into connecting your other social media sites for maximum impact with minimal effort.  If you want to post status updates to both your Twitter account and your personal Facebook account (and/or your Facebook Page), you can connect your two accounts with the Twitter App from within Facebook.  Here’s how to do it in 10 quick steps:

  1. Sign in to both your Twitter and Facebook accounts separately.
  2. Within Facebook, make sure you’re in “Home” view (where you read your News Feed).
  3. In the left column, above the “Friends on Chat” section, if you don’t see an icon that says “Apps,” click “more,” then click on “Apps.”
  4. Click “Apps Directory” at the bottom of the page.
  5. Type the search term “Twitter” in the All Apps search field, find the “Twitter” app (make sure it is the one “by Twitter”) and click on it.
  6. Click “Go to App.”
  7. You will receive a notification to request permission to connect the accounts.  Click “Allow.”
  8. Select the App permissions – whether you want it to post to your Facebook Profile or your Facebook Page (or both) and again click “Allow” in the window that pops up.
  9. You’re all set!  Go to Twitter and post a tweet.
  10. Check your Facebook profile or page and you will see the status update which shows it was posted via Twitter and links to your Twitter profile.

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketing director with a background in the publishing industry and a passion for all things related to books. She blogs about book marketing because she loves helping authors navigate the world of social media to discover new ways to promote and sell their books. If you're looking for something good to read, you can find Kelly's top picks here: www.kellyschuknecht.com/book-faves.

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