Twitter + Facebook = Tweetdeck!

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Twitter is one of the hottest blog topics these days.  Tons of people have signed up and are putting themselves out there through 140 character "tweets".  As has been discussed, and anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on Twitter can attest, after a while you need to start filtering out the noise that comes from hundreds to potentially thousands of people who you might choose to follow and everything that they are putting into their tweet stream.

The most popular solution to this problem has become Tweetdeck.  Tweetdeck allows you to group those that you follow into categories as well as filter the messages that you receive down to those that contain information that you are interested in, or information that is relevant to your business.

Recently Facebook made some changes to the profile homepage that seem to mimic Twitter's tweet stream.  This exciting new change has allowed Tweetdeck to release a new Beta version (v0.24.2b) that interacts with both Twitter and Facebook simultaneously!  That's right, you can now use Tweetdeck to update your Twitter and Facebook status by typing a single message!

Tweetdeck version 0.24.2b

As I mentioned, this version is still in beta testing and is not being promoted to the public yet, but if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on it, you can download it now from the Tweetdeck Website.

Once you have the program installed on your computer, you log on as you would normally, supplying your Twitter ID and password.  To access the Facebook functionality, you click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page and provide your Facebook logon information.  Tweetdeck will now create a new column called "Facebook: Friend Status".  This column will contain all of your Facebook friend's most recent status updates.  Using Tweetdeck you can then respond to them through Facebook, email their update anywhere you want, or even Tweet it out to your Twitter stream.  There's a new green status light under the updates in your Facebook column, these green lights represent friends who are "online" on Facebook.  By clicking the green light or their name you can actually open Facebook chat within Tweetdeck! 

You have the option of toggling on or off both Twitter and Facebook to use Tweetdeck on one platform instead of the other.  If you select to distribute your updates to both Twitter and Facebook, Facebook will not receive any Tweets that are replies to others in your Twitter stream, in other words, if your message begins with @anything, that message will be blocked and not go to Facebook.

This awesome new technology brings along with it a possibility that will no doubt spark a lot of debate.  Many people, myself included have used Facebook as sort of a Social Networking Insulator.  Up to this point, I've been selective about who I network with on Facebook.  I've been diligent in filling out my privacy settings.  I feel comfortable on Facebook.  I can get away with an occasional off colored remark, because it's all my friends there!  No Worries!  Right?  Not anymore.  Now, any one of my friends who uses Tweetdeck along with Facebook could easily RT (ReTweet or forward) any update that I post on my Facebook profile to their Twitter stream of potentially hundreds if not thousands of readers.  Goodbye privacy!  Hello convenience. 

Despite the privacy issue, I'm looking forward to using this as a great time saver.  Sometimes there's just not enough time to manage these different forums.  Lately I haven't been on Facebook as much because I've been busy blogging and busy on Twitter.  This will allow me to be active on Facebook as well with no additional effort.  I hope this might help you market your business as well!

Jason Sanders

Business Networking Specialist

 The Value Pages Group

The One Click "Tweet This" Button!



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Christina Ethridge
The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group - Coeur d'Alene, ID

One thing to note - once you check the "facebook" box, it stays checked as default, so make sure you check each and every tweet you send from tweetdeck - you may send something out you don't want on one or the other!!

Mar 25, 2009 05:04 AM #49
Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

Great info Jason - Trying to keep up on all these social media outloets is tough!!

Mar 25, 2009 05:28 AM #50
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

You are correct!  I figured how to access both of them today!  Thanks -

Mar 25, 2009 05:31 AM #51
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Thanks for the post.  Anything that helps reduce redundancy is good in my book. 

Mar 25, 2009 05:39 AM #52
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

OMIGOSH -- another new trick!!  Keeping up is an amazing feat.  Thanks for sharing this information -- I guess (insert confused smiley face here).  

Mar 25, 2009 05:54 AM #53
Scott & Tinsley Myrick
RE/MAX of Orange Beach - Gulf Shores, AL
Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals

Hello ....

You might also try

It will allow you to update a bunch of social medias all at once... You can send a text to a phone number and it will update MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn...etc.

Its is

Now I can update all my social medias at once...

Scott Myrick...

Mar 25, 2009 06:07 AM #54
Aaron Poling
Long & Foster - Martinsburg, WV
Working to get YOU the BEST Deal!

Wow thats awesome, this is going to save me some time. Now if there was away to incorporate myspace and linkedin!

Mar 25, 2009 06:50 AM #55

I have not come to appreciate what twitter brings to the table.  It is sloooww and I find, too 'busy'.  Can someone tell me why I should invest more time in twitter?  I have found facebook and linkedin to be my most active accounts...With activerain and realtown close behind...But I cannot manage more than 3 or 4 of these sites as I currently utilize them.  Thanks

Mar 25, 2009 06:56 AM #56
Lori Bennett-Davies
Essentials Home Staging - Kitchener, ON
Essentials Home Staging

Jason- Wow you're on a roll!  I am also on 

IF I have understood this right, I can group my followers, THEREFORE ONLY SEE THE ONES I WANT TO SEE??????  Sadly a few (and I don't have a lot) bring no value to me, but Tweet a Lot!!!

As info, I have downloaded-  I like the little "popup" (I know a bad word) you get when you get a message.... It makes a little Tweet sound--Too cute!

Mar 25, 2009 07:59 AM #57
Bill Blair
Coldwell Banker Realty - Covington, GA
Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes

Jason.... Thanks for the info.  I use Tweetdeck.  It's really great, but I'm on my way to get the newer beta version.  Wasn't aware of it until your blog.  See ya on Twitter, facebook,

Mar 25, 2009 08:14 AM #58
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Tere - I think we all had that fear initially.  I would suggest giving it a go and seeing what you think.  It's a pretty powerful business tool, once you get into it and realize the possibilities.  Thanks for commenting!

Connie - I hope it helps your business and saves you some time!  Thanks for reading and commenting!

Chuck - Agreed!  Thanks for commenting!

Jessica - I'm glad to help!  Thanks for commenting!

Joe - There's always something new, right?  Thanks for commenting!

Erica - Hey, look me up on there!  Thanks for commenting!

Dee - It can seem overwhelming, but a lot of these tools allow us to accomplish more with less time and energy invested, which is my personal mantra.  Hang in there!  Thanks for commenting!

Naoma - I'm glad it's working for you!  Thanks for commenting!

Al & Peggy - Thanks for reading and commenting!

Norma - Perhaps this will save you some time!  Thanks for commenting

Christina - I'm glad you mentioned that.  Another thing to be aware of is that if you have both Twitter and Facebook selected, and then choose to Reply to or Direct Message someone in your Twitter stream, Tweetdeck will automatically de-select Facebook Updates.  So after doing that, you need to remember to turn Facebook Updates back on.  Thanks for commenting!

Dan - I'm glad you enjoyed it!  Thanks for commenting!

Jason - Good!  I was hoping that this was what you were looking for!  Thanks for the update!

Jim - Thanks for reading and commenting!

Carla - Jump right in, hopefully this will save you some time!  Thanks for commenting!

Scott & Tinsley - A lot of people use ping.  It's a great tool.  But what it does is turn all of the sites that you update into drone sites - no interaction.  This new tweetdeck actually imports information from two different platforms.  You can now interactwith friends from both Twitter and Facebook through one application - Tweetdeck.

Walt - A great idea!  Who knows what awesome developments are around the corner?  Thanks for commenting!

Scott - I guess even Twitter won't win over everybody, but if you can see the value of being notified anytime anyone of the millions of Twitter users talks about their home being too small or wanting to get out of their apartment, then Twitter might be worth looking into.  Thanks for sharing your perspective!

Lori - That's right.  By default, Tweetdeck has an "All Friends" column where all the Tweets from all the people that you follow are posted.  With Tweetdeck, however, you can group the people you follow into categories, lets say "Personal" and "Business".  This will create new columns for you featuring the Tweets of just the members you choose to include in those groupings.  I guess you could then delete the "All Friends" column out of Tweetdeck, leaving you with just the grouped columns of the people you're interested in.  This would be a bit sneaky because you technically would still be following those people, though you wouldn't be notified of their posts unless they address them to you directly.  Sneaky, but very interesting! :-)  You can also run searches on keywords or hashtags which will create new columns for the results of those searches.  Those searches search not only the Tweets of the people that you follow, but all of the Tweets across Twitter, so it's a great way to prospect for new business or to find new people to follow. 

Bill - Hope it helps!  Definitely look me up!  Thanks for commenting!



Mar 25, 2009 08:58 AM #59
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

very cool.  Definitely need to check it out as I need to keep my tweets more in line & less confusing.

Mar 25, 2009 11:09 AM #60
Amy Ellis
Benham Real Estate Group - Norfolk, VA
Amy N. Ellis

Jason, thanks for the blog! I went on TweetDeck last night and organized my friends. I'm slowly getting the hang of this stuff!


The Real Estate Investment Lady

Mar 26, 2009 02:17 AM #61
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

This information is great. I`ve neglected my FB because of I can do both! Thanks Jason.

Mar 28, 2009 05:59 AM #62
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Kristin - Let me know how it works ut for you!  Thanks for commenting!

Amy - Good for you!  I hope it helps you save some time!  Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jackie - I was doing the same thing.  I hope this helps you the way it helps me!

Mar 30, 2009 07:37 AM #63
Alfredo Vaughan

I feel so out of the loop! I never heard of tweetdeack but am now very interested. I have accounts on Twitter and Facebook and it would certainly streamline things if I could make mini posts to both of them at the same time. Thank you so much for the eye-opening information! Do you find Twitter actually helps your business?

Alfredo Vaughan

GHH Realty

Apr 03, 2009 04:27 AM #64
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

OK.. I signed up for TweetDeck... now I can't get back to the sign in page... only the download page... Please help !

Apr 08, 2009 07:57 PM #65
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Alfredo - It's a great tool!  I hope it helps your business.  Thanks for commenting!

Roland - There's a new release....maybe it's asking you to download it.  Go ahead and download it and you should be fine.  If it's something else, feel free to call me.

Apr 08, 2009 11:40 PM #66
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I just downloaded Tweetdeck so I need to get in there and get past the learning curve!  Any suggestions for dummies like me?

Nov 09, 2009 03:42 AM #67
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Sybil - Just jump in with both feet and play around.  Tweetdeck has changed a lot in just the few short months since I wrote this blog post.  You can now do even more.  If I were you I'd set up all my accounts and start experimenting and having fun.  If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me.  Best of luck!

Nov 09, 2009 03:48 AM #68
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