How to Connect Facebook to Your Blog, Twitter and Google+

Many people and businesses don’t have time to manually post updates to Facebook and all the various social media platforms. Instead, they cross-post from one site to another automatically — when one account is updated, it sends a post to the others. The following tells you how you can connect Facebook to your blog, Twitter, and Google+.

Connecting your blog to Facebook

If you want to drive traffic to your blog site using Facebook, you can use a third-party app to connect your blog to Facebook. An app such as HootSuite or Post Planner enables you to post a status update with a link to the blog post. This method differs based on the app that you use.

HootSuite and Post Planner are typically used for posting status updates to several accounts from one screen. Both apps enable you to schedule the updates so you can control when they're posted.

To connect your blog and Facebook in HootSuite, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to HootSuite.

  2. Click the gear icon in the left panel.

  3. Click RSS/Atom.

  4. Click the plus sign to add a new feed.

  5. Add the URL of the feed, and then select the social account to which you want to send the feed.

  6. Click Save Feed.

Connecting your Twitter account to Facebook

Some Twitter users connect with people in a different way than they do on Facebook, while others prefer to syndicate their Twitter updates to the status updates on their Facebook personal timeline (this feature doesn’t work with a business page).

Think carefully before integrating Twitter and Facebook. You don’t always have the same audience in both places, so the information you share on each platform may not be relevant in both places. Or, if you do have the same audience, you want to be sure you’re not inundating them with the same information at the same time in several places.

Connecting your personal timeline to Twitter is easy:

  1. Go to your personal timeline, and type Twitter in the search box at the top of the screen.

    The first result in the list is most likely the original application. The app you’re looking for is simply named Twitter and displays the Twitter name and bird logo.

  2. Click Twitter in the list.

    This page appears.

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  3. Click the yellow button to go to your Twitter settings.

    The Twitter login screen appears.

  4. Type your Twitter username or e-mail and your password in the appropriate text boxes, and then click Sign In.

    Your Twitter Profile page appears.

  5. Click the Connect to Facebook button.

    A screen appears, asking for permission.

  6. Click Okay.

  7. Change the privacy settings, if desired, and then click Okay.

    Now all of your updates on Twitter will also post as a Facebook status update. Keep in mind that @replies and direct messages will not post to your Facebook status.

People update frequently on Twitter. Facebook is a different environment. If you're a busy tweeter, consider whether or not it makes sense for you to syndicate your Twitter feed to Facebook.

Connecting Google+ to Facebook

You can connect Google+ so that posts there also go to Facebook. However, you can't post from Facebook to Google+.

To connect Google+ to Facebook, you need to install an extension on Google Chrome (the web browser), such as Socialba.com, or use a site such as friendsplus.me or ifttt.com.

A quick search in the Google Chrome store provides many extensions for cross-posting from Google+ to Facebook. However, always take a deep look into these extensions to make sure they are from a trustworthy source.

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