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Thursday, September 3, 2009

How to disconnect twitter from facebook (and how to selectively tweet)

This post will cover 2 things: how to disconnect your facebook status from twitter and how to set up selective tweeting to facebook.

Selective tweeting
In facebook, there is a great application called selective twitter status, which gives you control over which of your tweets go to facebook. Once you add selective twitter to your facebook account and link your twitter and facebook accounts together, all you do is tweet (post) to twitter but add #fb at the end. Selective twitter will then ONLY send those tweets with #fb to facebook.

It works great, but... if you've been using Twitter application in Facebook (or any of the other twitter applications in Facebook that post to your status), you will need to remove those first.

To disconnect the Twitter application in Facebook (this is for the official Twitter application, but should work similarly for other twitter/fb apps)
  • In Facebook, Under Settings (top menu) > Application settings
  • On the Twitter application link, click the X to remove twitter.
  • Do you want to remove ? Click Yes.
  • You will get a popup box telling you Twitter has been removed.
  • All done!
If you just wanted to disconnect Twitter from Facebook, you are finished. If you want to set up Selective Twitter, you need to install the Selective Twitter app.

Setup selective tweeting to Facebook
  • Search in Facebook for Selective Twitter Status
  • Click on View Application (or the link for Selective Twitter Status)
  • Click on Go to Application
  • Enter your twitter user name, In the box with the Header, the one and only step
  • Click on Save
  • Click on Allow (so that facebook and twitter can make the connection)
  • Click on Allow publishing (so that twitter can post to facebook)
  • Go to twitter and tweet (post) away, adding #fb to the end of the posts you want to send to facebook as status updates


Wes Hope said...

Very cool! I was just pondering this very thing... thanks!!

Darry Turock said...


I was looking all over the place to find a solution this! Perfect!


Barb Greenwood said...

Thank you so much - we've been looking for this solution for weeks!

Yashid said...

Thanks for this. Couldn't remove the Twitter application as it wasn't listed in the list of Recently used Applications. Found the app on the Allowed to Post list but the remove app button wasn't present. I had to update some random setting of the Twitter app and it appeared in the list Recently Used apps with the remove button. Finally removed! :)

Robin said...

Yes, that is a really good point. If you haven't used it recently (for example, if you stopped tweeting for a while), then you'll need to look through the other sections of applications on facebook. If you've blocked it for some reason, it would be in the blocked section of facebook apps. Glad you were able to find it. I think selective tweet is one of the most useful tools in facebook (besides using something like mobile post or friendfeed).

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This was very helpful! Exactly what I needed. I love learning new things!

Kate said...

THANK YOU!!!! I have spent the last 2 hours trying to figure all this out, in conjunction with HootSuite, and you have just made my day. THANK YOU!

Carrie Corcoran said...

Thank you for this very timely post. I was just going to start searching and you made it much easier.

Robin said...

Glad this is helpful. Have a great day. You can always email questions to me georgiawebgurl (at)

Brianca Jones said...

- this was so helpful i've been tryinq to fiqure out how to do this but i never found out so i just qooqled it...lolsx && it worked.

Anonymous said...

thank you...this is helpful

Unknown said...

Thanks for tips, keep blogging

Unknown said...

Thankssssss for this tip it works ;)