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New Facebook setup means if you're posting your Twitter feed to it, you're being obnoxious.

By Andrew Pollack on 03/14/2009 at 03:49 PM EDT

Here's something to think about.

If I want to follow you on Twitter, I will follow you on twitter. That way, when I bring up my twitter client because I'm in the mood to look at that kind of low-level banality (which is fairly frequent) I'll see your tweets where they belong. Within the twitterverse.

If you insist on posting your tweets directly as a feed to your Facebook home page, the new interface means that not only am I forced to sift through them when I go onto Facebook -- which is NOT why I'm on facebook -- but also that they don't just go away. They sit there gumming up the page I'd normally use to look at the somewhat less transient things that belong on Facebook.

Twitter == Transient banality that may be of passing interest in the moment, but is short lived at best.

Facebook == Content with a somewhat longer shelf life, that someone may be interested in seeing more than 15 minutes past when you spewed it forth.

If you can't figure out the difference, I've got to set Facebook to "hide" all of your updates from my vision. That means when you do get around to posting something there with an interest level that spans more than the attention span of a gerbil on crack, I'm going to miss it.

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Turn off the noiseBy Bruce Elgort on 03/14/2009 at 06:09 PM EDT
Easy answer - turn them off if you they make too much noise for you. Why not
let them know on Facebook instead of your blog?

Also I can't comment on your blog from a mobile browser. I tried on the iPhone
and couldn't leave a comment. #fail.

re: Turn off the noiseBy Andrew Pollack on 03/14/2009 at 06:26 PM EDT
Turning off the noise is fine -- but then you lose all the updates, not just
the inane tweet stuff.

Interesting to hear the blog comments don't work on iPhone. I know they do on
Safari and its supposed to be the same.

This blog DOES feed facebook -- so I am doing as you suggested there as well.
Blog stores are by nature not as transient as twitter.
re: Turn off the noiseBy Bruce Lill on 03/23/2009 at 08:14 AM EDT
I have found that they don't check facebook very often, so they never see you
comments back to them either. I've given up responding to any FB statuses that
come from twitter. It's like having a one way comunication.
re: Turn off the noiseBy Julian Woodward on 03/15/2009 at 07:04 AM EDT
Here here!

I too have been complaining about this for a while. But there's a certain
subset of the online community that seems to think that their every utterance,
however trivial, needs to be blasted out to as many sites as possible just in
case some poor person should be denied the benefit of their wit and wisdom.

I contend that it's no more correct to feed tweets through to your facebook
status than it is to feed them through to your email client and send each tweet
to everybody in your address book, or to automatically post a blog entry for
each tweet. Twitter and Facebook, while they superficially address the same
audience, in fact (as Andrew says) have very different levels of depth and
longevity, and to force one into the other is lazy and, indeed, obnoxious.

Fortunately Facebook now does allow you to selectively ignore individuals
whilst retaining them as friends. But that's a shame because it means that I
will never get to hear anything that the people concerned (Bruce, Ed, Paul,
Matt to name a few - you know who you are) do want to say on Facebook because
I've turned their updates off in my newsfeed now.
re: Turn off the noiseBy Julian Woodward on 03/15/2009 at 07:07 AM EDT
That was of course, intended to be a response to Andrew's original post, not
Bruce's. Oops. :-)
re: New Facebook setup means if you're posting your Twitter feed to it, you're being obnoxious.By Rob McDonagh on 03/14/2009 at 06:50 PM EDT
Couldn't agree more, Andrew. I've been complaining about this for a very long
time, and some people try to tell me that FB updates and Twitter tweets are
exactly the same. It's really annoying.
re: New Facebook setup means if you're posting your Twitter feed to it, you're being obnoxious.By Craig Wiseman on 03/15/2009 at 08:19 AM EDT
Twitter? Obnoxious?

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