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#1 E.B. Black

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:12 PM

I just made a facebook and remembered reading yesterday a blog post about how it was bad to link your facebook to your twitter (or your blogs) to it. Is that true? If I include original content on my facebook as well, is it still bad to link to your facebook and twitter so they know when you updated those two things? And why or why not?

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:32 PM

Hmm..I'd like to read this post. I know linking your FB page to Twitter means all your tweets are posted on your Fb page (which gets annoying IMO), but my blog is linked to my FB and Twitter.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:59 AM

After speaking to a lawyer friend of mine about this (because I wanted to do something like this too) he suggested I don't post original material on networking sites like Facebook, as in parts or passages out of the manuscript, something about intellectual property and copyright. But as far as I can see, talking about your book, can't be anything but good because its exposure you didn't have before. I just wouldn't post anything out of your book on any site (except here of course). As far as linking them together is concerned, as a guy in the IT world I can tell you that linking them together increases your chances of being hacked or having your account hijacked, because gaining entry into one account means they automatically have access to the other account. Its a risk, but the chances of being hacked on the internet are so high anyway, its really just a matter of do you really need to do it? I would always play it cautiously. That's just my take. And don't think the security on servers like Facebook and Twitter are extremely secure, there are hundreds of back-doors and loopholes for them to exploit. But again, no need to be super paranoid or anything. If you could post the link to that article you read, (if it was online) I would like to take a look at it.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:24 AM

An alternative is to register with a managing client (it's free) like hootsuite or similar, then you can post to both accounts from one place (without having annoying crossovers like hashtags that mean nothing on facebook, or long posts on facebook that get truncated on twitter etc). I've found linking profiles to be a royal pain in the arse as the connection periodically drops out. Better to tailor your posts individually - twitter has its own conversational style, as does facebook. At least using a central management tool makes it a bit simpler than logging and and out of various different accounts.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:37 PM

I have found that as a lot of my Facebook friends also follow me on Twitter so I run the risk of boring them and wearing them out if I was to link the accounts. I create separate content for Facebook and Twitter tailored specifically for each medium. Twitter is more off the cuff, what am I doing right now, several times a day. While Facebook is one thing every few days that's especially important or notable.

 

I would say, keep them separate because cross-promotion really bores your audience.


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