I’ve been using a new Facebook application called Selective Twitter Status that is a pretty smart solution, I think. Many users automate their facebook status to update anytime they tweet. The problem with this is that a lot of Twitter users send tons of tweets per day. In Twitter, this is totally normal and socially acceptable. In Facebook, if you’re updating multiple times a day, it can get annoying…very annoying.
While some of your Facebook friends might actually care about what you’re tweeting, chances are you have some Facebook friends who don’t: the person who lived down the hall from you Freshman year, your (extended) family members, coworkers, neighbors, your sibling’s significant other, etc. These are people you still want to stay in touch with on a basic level and be able to see where they are living and what they are up to these days, but you probably don’t need nor want to have daily updates as to what articles they are reading, what they are thinking/doing at the moment, etc. – and they feel the same way, it’s just TMI.
Enter Selective Twitter Status – it will automatically update your Facebook status based on your tweets, like a number of other automated twitter/facebook apps, but this one will only update facebook with the tweets you decide. Simply put #fb at the end of your tweet, or you can even modify the settings so you can put #fb anywhere in the tweet. And voila, only update Facebook with tweets you think all of your friends would be interested in.
The use of the hashtag #fb here isn’t technically a proper use of hashtags, but it’s not really a big deal. The more popular hashtag for Facebook would be #Facebook anyway, and I really think hashtags are a dying pheonmenos, as explained in this interesting article over at Search Engine Journal: The Slow Death of Twitter Hashtags.
Another nice feature is the link in each update to follow you on twitter – since so many people are now hopping on the Twitter bandwagon, but have already been on Facebook for a while, this provides an easy avenue for them to find you and connect via Twitter.
So check it out, let me know what you think!