My last post criticized North Carolina lawmakers for haphazardly posting every action they took on their Facebook page to their Twitter profile. This post will demonstrate a much better way to push photos from Facebook to Twitter without asking your non-Facebook audience to enter the walled garden.
If you’ve never heard of IFTTT, all you need to know is that it’s the secret sauce of Internet automation. There are other sites that fill the same niche, but IFTTT (which stands for If This Then That) is dead simple and it’s free. You can create an account here.
Using IFTTT, instead of publishing a link back to your Facebook page like this:
Two tired beagles on the passenger side floorboard enjoying their ride home. That's the life. http://t.co/qSJLdQ73oO
— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) November 30, 2014
You can push the photo directly to Twitter.
This is a picture of a puppy, shared from Facebook to Twitter by IFTTT for a post I'm working on. pic.twitter.com/2SzVWSmBSr
— Erik Soderstrom (@soderstrom) January 4, 2015
Which one do you think your followers would rather see in their tweet stream? This approach isn’t just limited to Facebook. I use Instagram to share my photos, and each time I publish a new photo, IFTTT picks it up and re-posts it to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
You can get the recipe for sending Facebook Page photos to Twitter by clicking “add” below.
IFTTT is fairly self-explanatory, but if you need help setting this up with other services, feel free to send me a message on Twitter. If you’d like to get all of my posts delivered to your inbox, you can sign up here.