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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I tweet a lot.

A lot.

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Because I have Twitter cross-posted with Facebook, this means my “wall” (or as I like to call it, my “whall”) fills up quickly.  For those who don’t know about “cross-posting”, just know that it’s basic integration betwen social networking systems.  It’s a way for the different social mediums to work together, like Twitter, Facebook, Utterli, ping.fm and a hundred others, so that none of them hog you all to themselves.  In fact, the more a social medium shares (ie, cross-posts) with others mediums, the more likely people are to use it as their primary interface.

It’s like love.  The more you share, the more you have.

Or fire.

Anyway, I’ve gotten a couple of comments a few times from my Facebook friends that I’ve spammed up their news feed, or that my status updates have hogged up their home page.  For that, I apologize.

I’m not likely to reduce my twittering, however.  So, I’d like Facebook to listen up and see if they can come up with a way to solve this.  I have two ideas in this area:

@replies should be a comment, not it’s own update

When I put in “@username” in a status update, I’d like facebook to make my a reply in that person’s status update, if they also have a Facebook account integrated with Twitter.  It takes up so much less real estate and helps promote that person’s facebook page as much as, if not more than, my own.

If they don’t have a Facebook account, then maybe they could just make it look like the following example, but instead of “status” say “tweet” and have it link to the actual tweet. 

      facebook-comment

Threads should be recognized and put into comments

This is very similar to the first one, but is different enough.  If I do a status update, then someone replies to me on Twitter, then I reply to that reply, I want Facebook to figure that out and put BOTH updates as comments on my original status update. 

Even if the other person isn’t on Facebook.

Yes, I know facebook would have to go searching for the tweet.  But computers are good and fast.

For example, I might have the following conversation on twitter (shown in reverse chronological order here)

   tweet-example

In Facebook, this would typically turn into five (5) different status updates with my picture and everything. (actually, it appears as though maybe it’s not doing that anymore – is Facebook blocking @replies as status updates now?).

Instead, I’d rather it show up like a threaded conversation. 

   facebook-2

I see that there’s a facebook app called “Selective Twitter” that allows you to add a hashtag (#fb) to tweets to determine whether or not to actually update facebook.  I think that’s a good first step, but I’ve noticed tools such as TweetDeck (my desktop and iPhone tool of choice) allowing me to specify, per tweet, if I want to update facebook as well.

Once my ideas are implemented, hopefully I can be nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.  I could use the $1.4 million dollars.  Oh wait, the government normally taxes at least 50% of all “winnings” so I guess the prize isn’t that high. I know the prize is tax exempt in Hungary and several other nations, but I don’t know if it’s tax exempt in the US.  Anyone know?

And lo, the people did comment thus:

5 Comments

  1. marilyn says:

    I’ve just about given up on twitter. I don’t like that comments aren’t threaded. I understand the brevity and making lots of updates and all, but I like the length of Facebook updates.

    I think the answer might be to NOT cross-post but rather to find a way to make your twitter and facebook updates suited to each medium. In the end, maybe we should all belong to fewer different social networking sites.

    All that said, I’ve never minded the extra updates on my wall. I’d much rather see six twitter style updates from you than twenty game updates from somebody else… and nobody seems to complain about those.
    .-= marilyn´s last blog ..Yay! =-.

  2. Finn says:

    If you find out about the Nobel money, let me know. Because if it’s not taxed, I’m totally going for it next year.
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..To Be Or Not To Be =-.

  3. martymankins says:

    For as often as I tweet, this is why I just manually update my Facebook status here and there. Gives it a bit more personable feel to it without people asking “who’s @whall and why is he a geek?”
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Scooter Sunday – Season 2 Ep. 13 =-.

  4. Avitable says:

    Um, @s don’t go to Facebook. At least, they don’t for me. Anything starting with @ is automatically filtered out.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..Signs that you are in a dangerous relationship =-.

  5. Tug says:

    The thing that drives me nuts is seeing the same thing on twitter & facebook…I’m trying to figure out if I want to drop someone from one or the other. Yep, I’m guilty of it, but it’s only occasionally, and done manually. *sigh* Still guilty though.
    P.S. I still love fuddruckers!
    .-= Tug´s last blog ..Coors Field =-.

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