Facebook killed the MySpace star and now it’s after the Tweeple


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Keep your friends close and your enemies on limited profile because Facebook sets motion to the death of Twitter….but Twitter isn’t dead, thank goodness, yet!

It’s okay to link your Facebook page to your Twitter account, but not the other way around.

I used to be an advocate of the “#fb” Selective Twitter Status application on Facebook which links my Twitter to my Facebook. Then the dumb application stopped working and after I tried about four times to contact the guy who created it with no such luck – I gave up.

And like I told @SteffanAntonas in a very thought provoking discussion about target audiences, after reading, “Status Culture – Public vs Private and Why It Matters,” I’m very glad.

My Selective Twitter breaking is probably the best thing to happen because I was neglecting my Facebook.

Yes! Saints preserve us! Me! The Gen-Y girl, whose been on it for five years, whose cousin is amused because he thinks she’s in the center of some holy war with social media – was neglecting her Facebook!

So not the drama tweeples, so chillax, I’m feeling kinda nostalgic here….

Moving on from the latter digression of rambles, today, my favourite social media guide, Mashable posted “a bit of a shocker” – I’ll admit, I read the title twice – FACEBOOK LAUNCHES TWITTER APP.

Holy moly!

Well, I tried it, I liked it and I still think Facebook is out to get Twitter and this was just an olive branch for the time being.

(You may begin your holy war jokes now….)

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Interestingly enough, at the same time that this went down I was on the illustrious @PR Cog’s blog and came across a very stimulating read, “How Twitter Will Die.”

Between, Steffan, Peter and Pete, I came to the conclusion that it’s okay to link your Facebook page to your Twitter account, but not the other way around.

TwitPic step aside (a little), bit.ly relax (a tad) and FriendFeed drink some more coffee (like a lot) because Facebook just took Twitter into overdrive.

This nifty new application allows me to update Little Pink Facebook and have it automatically go to my Twitter: images, events, links, posts, status updates.

But here’s the thing – these status updates are good.

Yes, I can hear your sharp intake of breath, ready to pounce on me for contradicting what I’ve preached previously. But if you thought that was possible, you don’t know me well enough yet, because that’ll never happen.

It’ll never happen because these are Facebook PAGE status updates – they feed to a business page (well, I’m hoping they feed to a business page and you didn’t create fan page of yourself.)

Image via WeHeartIt.

So that would mean if the Little Pink Book wanted to host a TweetFaceup – BOTH of my audiences would know.

If I changed my logo? BOTH of my audiences would know.

And status messages? This time they are good!

When I update a status message on Little Pink Facebook, it usually goes something like this, “Yes! Pink Book is completely updated.” Very rarely does that end up on Twitter…but now it will.

Why is that important as opposed to self-indulgent?

It’s important because a) it promotes blog growth b) it promotes cross platform interaction c) people who care, are curious and just read my tweets for the hell of it, will now know and d) it’s positive self-serving (kind of like the Ayn Rand kind.)

Personally, I love this new bloom in the Social Media Garden of Millennial-den.

So if you have a Facebook page, link it to your Twitter – go for it!

I can see the apocalypse in the horizon, Facebook killed the MySpace star and now it’s after the Tweeple.

There is one MAJOR drawback to this webby 2.0 goodness in a bouquet – Twitter breaks…regularly.

Now imagine a new influx of tweets from the world’s largest social media outlet, which can currently boast 250 million users….

 

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.

Copyright © 2009 SashaH. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. That might be the best opening line to a blog post I've read all year.

    So, I actually suspect that this isn't an olive branch at all. I think it's a subtle move that Facebook is making in the status update fight. This is all about attention and where your status updates are being “created”, while this might seem like Facebook's extending a branch, it's actually the beginning of them chopping at Twitter's ankles. Revenue is all about where the eyes are – if Facebook turns itself into a Twitter client (starting with pages, then migrating to profile updates) the eyes will go back to Facebook at the point of creation – you'll be using Facebook to update Twitter, not the other way around. 😉

  2. You are probably right, lol. The 800 lb. gorilla just wants another banana; FriendFeed wasn't enough and it doesn't like “rejection.”

    The one difference this time around is that, your “followers” won't “unfollow” you for (mostly) Facebook Pages tweeting, while the other way around, friends “unfriend” folks for the attack of the tweets in their news feed.

    This might be the smartest thing Facebook has done all year…and it's probably the second worst for Twitter behind the attack on their servers (which, who knows, maybe Facebook did!)

    Insightful as always Steffan 🙂

  3. Oh, I dunno…. Your argument that Facebook status updates are OK to spray automagically into Twitter is based on some assumptions about how you use the two. May be valid for you, but that might also be a coincidence. When I look over the Facebook pages of people I'm likely to friend/follow/fpick-fyour-fverb, the status updates generally look pretty “Twitter-default I'm-staring-out-the-window-thinking-of-something-to-do” ish.

    All us social commentators should maybe crowd-source some coherent perspective on different media and their relationships. As a seed thought, it seems to me that “frequency of update” is one useful measure: if you update one service “less often,” and another “more often,” then auto-status from “less” to “more” seems more reasonable than the other way around. Dunnit?

  4. Hey Jack,

    You make perfect sense. I agree. But we're not taking about profile pages.
    We're talking about pages for businesses, etc.

    And they won't be updating all the time with things like, “out to lunch.”

    That's what I meant. Great thoughts though! Thanks 🙂

  5. That might be the best opening line to a blog post I've read all year.

    So, I actually suspect that this isn't an olive branch at all. I think it's a subtle move that Facebook is making in the status update fight. This is all about attention and where your status updates are being “created”, while this might seem like Facebook's extending a branch, it's actually the beginning of them chopping at Twitter's ankles. Revenue is all about where the eyes are – if Facebook turns itself into a Twitter client (starting with pages, then migrating to profile updates) the eyes will go back to Facebook at the point of creation – you'll be using Facebook to update Twitter, not the other way around. 😉

  6. You are probably right, lol. The 800 lb. gorilla just wants another banana; FriendFeed wasn't enough and it doesn't like “rejection.”

    The one difference this time around is that, your “followers” won't “unfollow” you for (mostly) Facebook Pages tweeting, while the other way around, friends “unfriend” folks for the attack of the tweets in their news feed.

    This might be the smartest thing Facebook has done all year…and it's probably the second worst for Twitter behind the attack on their servers (which, who knows, maybe Facebook did!)

    Insightful as always Steffan 🙂

  7. Oh, I dunno…. Your argument that Facebook status updates are OK to spray automagically into Twitter is based on some assumptions about how you use the two. May be valid for you, but that might also be a coincidence. When I look over the Facebook pages of people I'm likely to friend/follow/fpick-fyour-fverb, the status updates generally look pretty “Twitter-default I'm-staring-out-the-window-thinking-of-something-to-do” ish.

    All us social commentators should maybe crowd-source some coherent perspective on different media and their relationships. As a seed thought, it seems to me that “frequency of update” is one useful measure: if you update one service “less often,” and another “more often,” then auto-status from “less” to “more” seems more reasonable than the other way around. Dunnit?

  8. Hey Jack,

    You make perfect sense. I agree. But we're not taking about profile pages.
    We're talking about pages for businesses, etc.

    And they won't be updating all the time with things like, “out to lunch.”

    That's what I meant. Great thoughts though! Thanks 🙂

  9. That might be the best opening line to a blog post I've read all year.

    So, I actually suspect that this isn't an olive branch at all. I think it's a subtle move that Facebook is making in the status update fight. This is all about attention and where your status updates are being “created”, while this might seem like Facebook's extending a branch, it's actually the beginning of them chopping at Twitter's ankles. Revenue is all about where the eyes are – if Facebook turns itself into a Twitter client (starting with pages, then migrating to profile updates) the eyes will go back to Facebook at the point of creation – you'll be using Facebook to update Twitter, not the other way around. 😉

  10. You are probably right, lol. The 800 lb. gorilla just wants another banana; FriendFeed wasn't enough and it doesn't like “rejection.”

    The one difference this time around is that, your “followers” won't “unfollow” you for (mostly) Facebook Pages tweeting, while the other way around, friends “unfriend” folks for the attack of the tweets in their news feed.

    This might be the smartest thing Facebook has done all year…and it's probably the second worst for Twitter behind the attack on their servers (which, who knows, maybe Facebook did!)

    Insightful as always Steffan 🙂

  11. Oh, I dunno…. Your argument that Facebook status updates are OK to spray automagically into Twitter is based on some assumptions about how you use the two. May be valid for you, but that might also be a coincidence. When I look over the Facebook pages of people I'm likely to friend/follow/fpick-fyour-fverb, the status updates generally look pretty “Twitter-default I'm-staring-out-the-window-thinking-of-something-to-do” ish.

    All us social commentators should maybe crowd-source some coherent perspective on different media and their relationships. As a seed thought, it seems to me that “frequency of update” is one useful measure: if you update one service “less often,” and another “more often,” then auto-status from “less” to “more” seems more reasonable than the other way around. Dunnit?

  12. Hey Jack,

    You make perfect sense. I agree. But we're not taking about profile pages.

    We're talking about pages for businesses, etc.

    And they won't be updating all the time with things like, “out to lunch.”

    That's what I meant. Great thoughts though! Thanks 🙂