Facebook users will soon be able to update their Twitter feeds directly from their Facebook profile pages.
The cross-posting feature was revealed in Facebook’s September 2011 update of its Subscribe for Public Figures document. Underneath the heading “Can I update my Twitter followers from Facebook?” was this response:
Link your profile or Page to your Twitter account. Once you link your accounts, your Twitter account will be updated every time you post a public update to Facebook. Note: Only posts whose privacy you set to Public using your inline controls are eligible for this.
An important move then, and one that shows a sign of mutual respect between the two social networks. Twitter, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a threat to the core audience of Facebook, who don’t necessarily need #hashtags and real time trends to get on with their lives online. However, the move shows that Zuckerberg’s gang except that there’s a substantial amount of their users that now need a Twit tipple just as desperately as they do their Facebook fix.
It’s surely to be as beneficial to the users as it is both networks, especially Facebook who will no longer see so many users jumping over the online fence into the Twitter garden, further making everything social available under one roof from the House of Zuckerberg.
It’ll be interesting to see if Google make a similar move with Plus in the near future.