Post to Twitter and Facebook with TweetDeck

I showed you a while ago how to link your Facebook account with Twitter, so that whenever you posted something to Facebook it would automatically show up on Twitter.

However, I quickly discovered that many of my personal Facebook updates were "TMI" for my Twitter followers, and my business-related tweets were gobbly-gook to my Facebook friends. So I turned off the Facebook-Twitter integration.

Recently I discovered a better (and free) tool for handling Twitter and Facebook integration: TweetDeck

TweetDeck lets you create links to both your Twitter and Facebook accounts, and then lets you identify which service(s) your updates will be sent to. So you can post to just Twitter, or just Facebook, or you can update both Twitter and Facebook in one shot. That's the kind of control I was looking for!

How to set up Facebook and Twitter in TweetDeck:

1. Download and install a free copy of TweetDeck if you haven't done so already.

2. Click the Settings button in TweetDeck.

3. Select the Accounts tab and click "Add New Account".

4. Click the "Add Your Facebook Account" link and enter your Facebook account information.

You'll be asked to allow access to your Facebook account, and to allow TweetDeck to publish to your Facebook acount.

5. Type in your tweet like you normally would, and choose both Facebook and Twitter in the "From" section in TweetDeck.

How do I get back to the old Facebook that I love?

A few days ago my wife complained to me that her Facebook page looked different and she didn't like it at all. She asked me if I could figure out how to get the old one back.

I assumed she had probably accidentally clicked something to agree to let Facebook use her as a guinea pig, but I couldn't figure out how to get her old Facebook back. Mine was still the old one too.

Well, that all changed this morning, when I logged into Facebook like millions of other users and discovered that I've been switched over to the new Facebook too.

I'm not sure if I like it yet or not. All I see so far are rounded corners on user avatars, and have read lots of complaints about bugs and scripting errors. There are even Facebook groups that are being created by users who think the new look just plain sucks.

Oh, and the question has changed to "What's on your mind?", and "What are your thoughts?" (I've seen both today, so I think they're testing each one to see what users feel about it).

Is that what this has turned into? What we're thinking about?

I like the good ole' "What are you doing?" much better. It feels a lot less touchy-feely. And to me it's a better subject to learn what my friends have been up to, which keeps me connected. I learn their thoughts along the way, while they describe what they're doing, and that feels like a better starting point to me then jumping right into how we're feeling about things.

Many people just want things back to the way it was, which was awesome. Facebook membership has been growing extremely fast lately, and it's a great way to connect with old friends and stay connected with existing friends.

What do you think?

Do you want the old Facebook back, or do you like the new look and feel? What do you like about it?

Link your blog to Facebook or LinkedIn

Question: I've seen people's blog posts showing up in their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. How do they do that?

Answer: (this question is waiting for an answer. If you know the answer, please feel free to use the comment form below and be sure to leave your name and a link to your website, so I can give you credit for your answer)

How do I unfriend or remove a friend from Facebook?

Question: Most of my friends on Facebook are awesome, but there are a couple that I don't want to follow any longer, and one who tends to post offensive comments. How can I remove them as my friend, and will they know I've removed them?

Answer: You can remove friends from your Facebook account at any time using the instructions below, and the good news is that your friend won't be notified that you've removed them (and neither will your other friends).

Here's how to unfriend or remove someone from your Facebook account:

Step 1: Find your friend

The easiest way to find your friend on Facebook is to click "Friends" on the Facebook menu at the top of your screen, and then click "All Friends".

There you can look through all of your friends, and can also search for your friend by first and last name.

Step 2: Remove your friend

Once you've found your friend and are viewing their profile, scroll down the page and look in the left side bar for a link titled "Remove from Friends".

Click this link, and you'll be asked to confirm that you really want to remove this person as a Facebook friend.

Facebook won't send them an email notification, and your decision to remove them as a friend will go unnoticed (unless they try to view your profile or contact you, in which case they'll see the "Add as a Friend" link and realize that they're no longer your friend).

That's all it takes to unfriend someone on Facebook, and if you change your mind then it's easy to add them again as a friend.

Turn off annoying Facebook emails

I love Facebook and have connected with several old time friends that I haven't seen in ages. I find though that my inbox is filling up with emails from Facebook, letting me know every little thing all my friends are posting. Is there a way to turn off these emails?


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