Posting the Same Content on Facebook and Twitter: Good or Bad?

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Posting the Same Content on Facebook and Twitter

Now more than ever, social media has a human face: it gives us tremendous tools for promoting our brands and building long-lasting relationships with people.

Today, social media is not about building a massive following and then posting the same content on Facebook and Twitter, blasting users with redundant posts across both platforms. It’s about engaging with your following in a meaningful way by sharing unique stories that grab attention and connect with people’s lives. And just like no two faces are alike, each social media platform is different and requires posting unique content in the ways that are native to that platform.  

So let’s take a look at the main differences between Facebook and Twitter to see why we should treat them as separate channels and post different content.

Facebook is a story of your life. 

In the wise words of my all-time favorite entrepreneur and marketer, Guy Kawasaki, Facebook is about people you already know; it’s about cultivating your existing relationships. As Facebook marketers, our goal is to extend and maintain these relationships by sharing photos, videos, and links to blog posts as well as thoughts and questions that connect us with people on a personal level.  

Remember, there is no character limit on Facebook posts, but we do recommend keeping your posts succinct and attention-grabbing. Since all of your posts appear in your followers’ news feeds, we don’t recommend posting more often than once every three hours.

Twitter is your news broadcast.

Designed for quick impressions, Twitter is a river of information filled with all kinds of updates, from tweets about dogs chasing squirrels to real-time updates on protests in Ukraine.  

With the constant flow of information, if you’re posting only once a day, chances are not all of your tweets will get noticed. It’s OK to repeat tweets – just remember to tweak the copy each time so your tweets don’t look the same and seem spammy. For example, if your company has a blog, share a new post 3-4 times with the different copy and a link. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so naturally, avoid being wordy and stick to the point. Confused about how to use hashtags? Read our post!

Takeaway for marketers:

Most likely, your Twitter followers also like you on Facebook. If you’re constantly posting the same content on Facebook and Twitter, your followers may get annoyed and unfollow your page. That’s one reason it’s so important to share unique content on both channels. Furthermore, brands need to analyze their social media audiences in order to understand what content will offer the best engagement opportunities on each platform; both Facebook and Twitter offer analytics that can help you do that.

How do you tailor content to different platforms? Let us know in the comments!

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Maria Talley

Maria Talley

Maria Chueva Talley was VIEO's Internet Marketing Manager until March, 14 2013. She is now enjoying new adventures in her role as Internet Marketing Manager for PetSafe.
Maria Talley

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eCommerce marketer at PetSafe. We design, manufacture, and distribute cutting-edge electronic products for fellow cat and dog lovers.
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  • Daniel Proczko

    Each social platforms has its own strengths and weaknesses getting ot know them will help you better leverage your following audience. Some great thoughts about this paralleled with the winter Olympics in this article: http://danielproczko.me/2014/02/19/3-rules-to-build-an-olympic-content-strategy/

    I’d argue Twitter is worth more than just promotion and broadcast. I have multitudes of valuable conversations individually and on behalf of brands I managed on Twitter.

    I entirely agree about needing multiple posts on Twitter due to short lifespan and connecting personally on Facebook. I have found personal and honest posts get more traction.

  • Maria Talley

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Daniel! I agree that Twitter is definitely more than just a news broadcasting platform (a metaphor that I used to highlight the most striking difference between Twitter and Facebook). There is so much marketers can do to engage on Twitter and listen to conversations: http://www.vieodesign.com/how-to-use-twitter-analytics/

  • Nadine Baarstad

    Thanks for this insight that confirmed some of my beliefs. I look at Facebook as a “yearbook” where you share items that contribute to your personality…even the personality of a company. Where as LinkedIn and Twitter are better served with news feeds and more business oriented topics.