How to automatically post your Facebook status to Twitter

Well it looks like Face­book and Twit­ter are now play­ing nice. If you’re logged into Face­book, this page will walk you through the pro­cess of hook­ing things up so that your Face­book updates will go out to your Twit­ter feed. Select what you want, and pro­tect the rest. I’m going to leave this post as it is, but the link above is really the one you should use to make this hap­pen.

I’m in the midst of fig­ur­ing out a bet­ter way to auto­mat­ic­ally build a list of ‘tweets’ and have them sched­uled through­out the day. My cur­rent sys­tem is a bit broken.

A friend pinged me on Face­book say­ing that he was look­ing for some­thing else, an app that would post your Face­book status to Twit­ter. I thought check­ing this out would be easy, but giv­en the changes Face­book has been through over the last while the res­ult­ing solu­tion is a mashup, not an app.

Yes, it’s pos­sible, not pretty, but pos­sible. Here’s how to do it. Some of this inform­a­tion was gleaned from Tech­LifeWeb and JeffSandquist.com (thanks!).

  1. In FB, go to your Inbox > Noti­fic­a­tions page
  2. At the bot­tom of the right column, there’s the link for the Noti­fic­a­tions feed… right click on it and copy the link (or hit prop­er­ties and copy the URL that shows up in the new win­dow)
  3. To test that it works, paste that URL into your browser and hit enter. (You’ll see your noti­fic­a­tions feed show up)
  4. In that URL, change ONLY the por­tion that stays “notifications.php” to “status.php” and hit enter.
  5. The res­ult­ing page ‘should’ be your Face­book Status RSS Feed. Here’s mine for an example.
  6. Copy your entire URL to a text doc­u­ment and save it. You’ll need it later.
  7. Get a Twitterfeed.com account. Twit­ter­feed lets you har­vest your RSS feed at a set fre­quency and pub­lish your feed to a Twit­ter account.
  8. Cre­ate a new Twit­ter­feed using the long Face­book URL you saved earli­er, set your pub­lish fre­quency, and you’re done.

Cur­rently Twit­ter­feed is hav­ing some con­sist­ency issues — some, but not all of my feeds are being pub­lished cor­rectly. They are aware of the issues and are work­ing to fix them.

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42 Replies to “How to automatically post your Facebook status to Twitter”

  1. .: Brad — wow! — well done. I’ll try this shortly (am home sick at the moment, not much energy). I would have NEVER come up with any­thing like this. Is it work­ing? I real­ize that you are the man to fol­low, so I’ve added this blog to my Read­er. Thanks for invest­ig­at­ing this after my earli­er ques­tion. 🙂

  2. Thanks Randy. The solu­tion was on the oth­er sites, just needed to be updated slightly..which I did. Stand­ing on the shoulders of others..etc…

    And thanks for the blog link! Do let me know set­ting it up goes, and your thoughts on the pro­cess, if you’re so inclined 🙂 Twit­ter­feed is mostly work­ing for me, but they are hav­ing a few issues..but are work­ing on them.

  3. Hi Brad. I set it up a couple hours ago, and just checked my Twit­ter feed. I had pos­ted a FB status update a couple hours earli­er, and that update has not appeared on my Twit­ter feed, des­pite hav­ing suc­cess­fully fol­lowed your instruc­tions. I set up an account with Twitterfeed.com, and pas­ted in the RSS feed for my status updates, and my notes as well. Noth­ing has appeared on my Twit­ter page.

    Is it work­ing for you?

  4. Hi Randy, some­times it takes a while for the Twit­ter­feed to ‘engage’. It looks like that has happened as your Twit­ter stream includes links from FB, with the source applic­a­tion lis­ted as Twit­ter­feed. You should be good to go.

  5. Thanks Brad. You’re right, what I didn’t real­ize was that Twit­ter­feed pulled my last four status updates, and added them in reverse chro­no­lo­gic­al order. Duh.

    Thanks again. Clearly I need to pay­ing closer atten­tion to your mus­ings on Byte-Sized Tech­no­logy In Easy-to-Under­stand Lan­guage! 🙂

  6. And hope­fully we won’t have to rely on this work­around, if Face­book really is work­ing on a Face­book to Twit­ter application…we’ll see 😉

  7. I keep get­ting http 403 error The web­site declined to show this webpage
    HTTP 403
    Most likely causes:
    •This web­site requires you to log in.
    Am I doing some­thing wrong???

  8. It’s when I change the notification.php to stauts.php It then goes to that error mes­sage.

  9. Hmmm, noth­ing unusu­al there Nicole, per­haps you have to adjust the secur­ity or shar­ing set­tings on your face­book minifeed? I’m not sure what they ‘should’ be set to, but will look into it a bit more in the next day or so.

  10. I’m try­ing to cre­ate a feed of my status, I have my ID & key inform­a­tion cor­rect, and when I try to check my feed I get the dreaded “This feed URL is no longer val­id. Vis­it this page to find the new URL, if you have access…” page.

    Has any­one dis­covered the cause of/solution to this prob­lem? Is there any­thing in the pri­vacy set­tings that pre­vent the status from feed­ing?

    I’ve gone into my Set­tings > Pri­vacy > Pro­file set­tings and selec­ted ‘Every­one’ for ‘Status and Links’. Under Pri­vacy > News Feeds and Wall > Actions with­in Face­book, I have checked all of the boxes.

  11. Please help. This is driv­ing me mad. I want to do the same thing — to get the RSS feed address of my Face­book status so I can put it in my aggreg­at­or or per­son­al web site, but every­body keeps say­ing, “Go to the Inbox > Noti­fic­a­tions tab.” There IS NO SUCH THING! I am not los­ing my mind. Why is this such a freak­ing hard thing to do? Is there a set­ting in my Face­book that is block­ing my abil­ity to see the Noti­fic­a­tions tab? What’s the big secur­ity con­cern? If I want to allow my Status updates to be avail­able as an RSS feed, that’s my prerog­at­ive, not Facebook’s.

    1. Hi Sean,
      No, you’re not crazy, that link is not there now. It seems that Face­book has updated the site’s nav­ig­a­tion since this post was pub­lished, but not addressed RSS feeds. In fact, their own help on RSS Sub­scrip­tions is still out of date:

      How do I sub­scribe to my Face­book Noti­fic­a­tions?
      If you would like to cre­ate an RSS Feed for your Face­book Noti­fic­a­tion…
      If you would like to cre­ate an RSS Feed for your Face­book Noti­fic­a­tions you can do so by going to your Inbox and select­ing the Noti­fic­a­tions tab. On the fol­low­ing page will be the option to “Sub­scribe to Noti­fic­a­tions” on the right. After click­ing “Your Noti­fic­a­tions”, Face­book will gen­er­ate an RSS Feed that you can save to your book­marks folder and view in your browser. You will now have an auto-updat­ing RSS Feed that alerts you of import­ant things on Face­book involving your account (i.e. Wall posts, photo tags etc).

      So I’d sug­gest pinging their sup­port folk and ask for some cla­ri­fic­a­tion…

      Good luck!

      – Brad

  12. This is great and is work­ing for me.

    But ques­tion — is there a way to cre­ate a sim­il­ar feed for pho­tos that I post on FB. As I post pho­tos to my wall or to an album, I’d love to ping that out as an RSS.

    Is there some tweak to the URL that would grab those? I tried some obvi­ous guesses, but they were no go.

    http://www.facebook.com/feeds/%5Bphotos%5D or [album].php?id=507536722&viewer=507536722&key=bf2ab35700&format=rss20

  13. Hi Rex, I did a very quick google and also looked around Face­book, but didn’t have any luck find­ing a solu­tion. Which is too bad, because this just rein­forces the ‘walled garden’ of Face­book.

    As an altern­ate, you could get a free flickr account and have those images piped into Face­book by link­ing your flickr account to face­book. It’ll res­ult in an entry like this one: http://www.facebook.com/brad.grier?v=feed&story_fbid=155695335737&ref=mf

  14. I get the exact same error as thomas (#24). All the web­sites that tell you “Oh, just replace ‘noti­fic­a­tions’ with ‘status’ and it works great” must not have tried it recently. Sure, it works with ‘noti­fic­a­tions’ but you can’t get sim­il­ar res­ults with ‘status’. I’ve been strug­gling with it for over an hour, I think Face­book has just locked it out or some­thing.

  15. Yes Thomas knows he gets a val­id RSS with the noti­fic­a­tion page. It is when he changes noti­fic­a­tion to status which is the wall, it errors.

  16. Re: #30 — yes, but it only links *pages* you are an admin for, not your own pro­file status updates.

    I, too, am get­ting the error mes­sage when I try to change “noti­fic­a­tions” to “status.” How are your pri­vacy set­tings set for your pro­file? Though, acc. to #29, set­ting pri­vacy to “every­one” still isn’t work­ing.

    Kind of puzz­ling, this one. Thanks for everyone’s comments/suggestions/relaying tri­als & errors — and for con­firm­ing that a few of us are not alone in our frus­tra­tion!

  17. If it will help — even with the new FB upgrade, my FB status updates are still being trans­mit­ted cor­rectly via Twit­ter­feed to Twit­ter (not that any­one is fol­low­ing them; but at least I don’t have to do any­thing to get them there).

    The link I am using at twit­ter­feed is (per­haps this will help oth­ers to see a work­ing one?):

    http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=507536722&viewer=507536722&key=bf2ab35700&format=rss20

  18. Hey, first off Face­book changed status codes so they are not the same as noti­fic­a­tions. You can do the same trick but go to Account->Application Settings->Notes then on the right there will be a link to sub­scribe to friend’s notes, copy the link and then try chan­ging “friends_notes.php” to some­thing else.
    My prob­lem is that I’m get­ting double posts like:
    John is happy
    John is happy
    And one will be a link?
    Any solu­tions to this?

  19. This func­tion­al­ity may have stopped work­ing… the RSS hasn’t updated since late Thursday night, although I have updated my Face­book status sev­er­al times since then.

    I am won­der­ing if, per­haps, this means FB is about to flip the switch on a dir­ect feed from Face­book status to Twit­ter for user accounts (as noted above, it only works for “pages” now).

  20. What’s odd is that the URL that Rex gave above works, but when I sub­sti­tute my own ID for his, it doesn’t. So I cre­ated a second account, made myself my only friend, and tried it that way — still no joy.

    So it really does feel like a case-by-case thing, unless I’m miss­ing some­thing.

  21. @Andrew: Yeah, I know. It’s frus­trat­ing to not have more info on this…and it seems like Face­book has done a par­tial imple­ment­a­tion. The func­tion­al­ity seems to ran­dom. Likely logic­al with­in Facebook’s struc­ture, but looks ran­dom from out here.

  22. Hi Brad, looks like you are the go-to guy for Face­book-to-Twit­ter ques­tions! I have sucess­fully linked my Twit­ter account to my Face­book busi­ness page so that my status posts on my FB busi­ness page are also pos­ted on my Twit­ter page. How­ever when I post an Event on my FB busi­ness page, the “fb.me***” link that posts to Twit­ter is not cor­rect, the link only brings friends to the FB home page instead of to my Event link. Has any­one else had this prob­lem? Any sug­ges­tions?

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