have Facebook status updates automatically update Twitter (the reverse ofwhat
we’re currently doing)
place a simple Facebook
button on the page without the status updates
prompt on any page in the project site to encourage others to
And so much more. The truth is, there’s plenty that you can do with Facebook and
Twitter if you learn about using their APIs (Application Programming Interface),
an interface implemented by a software program to enable interaction with other
software; however, this is advanced territory, and would require a good working
knowledge of a server-side programming language such as PHP.
Even without venturing into the world of APIs, there are still loads of other things
you can try with Twitter. For example, you might have spotted earlier on the
Twitter Resources page that there is also a collection of Facebook tools you can try
out—and by all means dojust that! I’ve picked a few toget you going, but you may
find some of the other tools are a better fit for you personally. And there’s only one
way to find out.
Before we leave Facebook and Twitter once and for all (or at least for this chapter),
afinalsuggestion.Ifyou havea smartphone—be thatan iPhone, Android-supported
phone, or Blackberry—be sure to check out theapplications available for Facebook
and Twitter. While each site comes in a mobileversion,the native applications you
can install on your phone have unique features and capabilities. I’ll avoid picking
one out in particular, as I change my mind aboutwhich one is best all the time, es-
pecially as they update with new features. So try some out and see how you go.
Figure 8.38, Figure 8.39, and Figure 8.40 show how easy it is to do two updates on
different phone apps, using Selective Tweets. Both are published to Twitter, and
to Facebookand then ontothe siteitself in the
box. And allwhileI was waiting
for a bus.
Well, I’minthe study, really ... but Icould havebeen!
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