Facebook and Twitter are by far two of the most widely used social media platforms in the world today. They allow users from all around the world to share their views and stories, connect with people, and build a global audience for their businesses.
The best thing about social media platforms like these is that you’re not confined to using just one. The more platforms you have a presence on, the more people you can reach out to and the more connections you can make.
Keeping this in mind, it would make sense to post regularly to both platforms in order to keep your online presence alive.
That is why you might be wondering if it is possible to share a tweet directly to Facebook and if so, then how you can do it. The good news is that this is indeed possible. However, it’s not as quite as convenient as it used to be a couple of years ago.
How to Use Twitter and Facebook Together
Prior to August, 2018, sharing a tweet directly to Facebook without having to make any extra effort was extremely simple.
All you had to do was to go to Twitter’s settings, find your way to ‘Apps and devices’, and look for the option for ‘Facebook Connect’. Turning this option on would let you connect your Facebook account, be it a personal account or a business one, with Twitter.
In this way, any tweet you would post on Twitter would automatically find its way to your specified Facebook page. Neat, right?
But this changed when the Cambridge-Analytica scandal hit Facebook in 2018. As a result of this issue, Facebook decided to block all external applications to publish anything directly to a Facebook user’s page.
This, in essence, removed the option to connect your Twitter account to your Facebook account, causing the easiest way to share tweets to Facebook to not work anymore.
Anyway, enough with remnants of the past. How can you use Twitter and Facebook together now? As they say, ‘there’s an app for that!’. And that app is called Buffer.
Using Buffer to ‘Connect’ Twitter and Facebook
The first thing you should know is that you’re not exactly connecting your two accounts by using Buffer. Instead, the app helps manage your social media posts by allowing you to use it as a central hub from where you can post your updates to multiple platforms at once.
So basically, you write your tweet within Buffer and then tell it to publish it to both Twitter and Facebook. This way, you do not need to make separate posts for each platform.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, follow these simple steps to get started:
- Sign up for a Buffer account. You can use the smartphone app or use the browser version.
- Once signed in, connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts with your Buffer account.
- Write the message you wish to share with the world and then share it to both your accounts. It’s really that simple.
How to Share a Tweet on Facebook
If you’re not into the idea of using Buffer or if you wish to somehow connect your Facebook post with the actual tweet you’re trying to share, then you can do this manually.
It’s a pretty simple process and is great for people who wish to drive traffic from their Facebook pages to their Twitter pages because Facebook will treat your tweet as a clickable post that will take your readers directly to the Twitter page of the tweet.
You can also share tweets from different accounts by this method, so all of you who want to share Twitter memes on Facebook can also use this method!
Step by Step Guide on Sharing Tweets to Facebook
- The first thing you need to do is find the tweet you wish to share on Facebook. For this method, the tweet needs to be already posted on Twitter as it will be ‘shared’ to Facebook.
- Once you have found the tweet, click on it so that the tweet opens in a new window/tab.
- You will notice that the URL in the address bar of your browser changes at this point, showing the address of the tweet itself and not the Twitter homepage.
- Copy the complete address from the top bar and head over to Facebook.
- If you want to write something additional in your Facebook post, do that first.
- Paste the copied link into the status box. At this point, Facebook will read the link and display a preview of the linked tweet as part of your status. You can then either keep the link in your status or remove it to make the post cleaner. The preview will stay in both cases.
- After this, simply publish your post and that’s it! Your status will now have a preview of the tweet you wanted to share and will also lead anyone who clicks on the preview directly to the connected Twitter page.
As you can see, it’s still a pretty simple process to share a tweet to Facebook. You just need to do so manually where previously you could automatically do this from within Twitter. If you do use this method, there are a couple of things you should know:
- If the tweet you have shared is deleted from Twitter, it will not be shown on your Facebook status anymore either. This is easy to control when you are sharing your own tweets to Facebook but if you’re sharing a tweet from another account, then you may have to face this issue once in a while.
- In case you’re sharing another person’s tweet to your Facebook account, then that person’s account should be a public one. If it’s a private profile then your Facebook followers will not be able to see the linked tweet unless they also follow that person on Twitter.
Having the ability to share your tweets to Facebook can be very helpful in growing your audience between both platforms and keeping your Facebook profile more alive if you’re already active on Twitter.
It also gives you a way to drive more of your Facebook followers over to Twitter and have them follow your Twitter account too. This kind of connection between both platforms helps you enhance your network and can be especially helpful if you’re a serious blogger or you run some sort of business.
With the two methods mentioned in this guide, doing so should be pretty easy. By using an app like Buffer, you will have the ease of writing one status and have it published on multiple social accounts.
It also gives you the opportunity to manage multiple social profiles through one simple interface. However, you miss out on the true ‘connection’ between Twitter and Facebook which you might require.
In that case, the second method is the easiest way to share a tweet to your Facebook account. This is the method that would also help you drive traffic from Facebook to Twitter and build your brand across different platforms. It might take a little more time since you have to share the tweets manually, but it’s not all that difficult and works pretty well at the end.
So, with that, we come to an end to this guide. We hope you find it easy and intuitive to share your tweets to your Facebook pages using these methods!
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