Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?

facebook-twitter-logos1While it’s too early to tell exactly what this means, Facebook engineer Blake Ross today posted a “test” tweet from a Twitter application called “Penguin FB” that resides on Facebook development servers. One interesting possibility: Facebook is working on a new, more native Twitter integration that would let users publish updates to Twitter automatically from Facebook.

If that is indeed the case, it would be an interesting move by Facebook. Allowing users to more easily link their Facebook updates with other services like Twitter could potentially make Facebook one of the largest Twitter applications. If only a few million Facebook users were to publish their status updates to Twitter, Facebook could become the largest source of tweets – an interesting inversion of the way Twitter is used as a Facebook application by many users today.

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Of course, all of this is still speculation. When contacted, Facebook said it doesn’t have any comment on the “Penguin FB” project. (Update: Ross has since deleted the tweet.)

Nevertheless, the idea correlates with Facebook’s strategy in recent months to make status updates and streams more open and public. Will Facebook make it easy for users to automatically syndicate their public posts to any number of other services? It could very well make a lot of sense, and Twitter would be one of the best places to start.

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67 Responses to “Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?”

  1. igniguy says:

    Why bother? there’s an app for that

  2. Web Media Daily – July 15, 2009 says:

    [...] Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?…   Inside Facebook [...]

  3. Eric Kerr says:

    The better observation here is that it was posted by Blake Ross, the co-founder/developer of FireFox who began working at FaceBook after his newer startup Parakey was acquired. I don’t think he would be “Working on the @facebook gamechanger with @davemorin” with a regular FB app.

  4. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | HyipLife.com says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  5. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | Entertainia - Tech News With A Punch Of Gossip And Humour says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  6. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | TechDozer.Com says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  7. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | I R Here says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  8. davidk01 says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  9. Adrian Eden says:

    Very intelligent move from Facebook, I wonder how they will battle Google Wave?

  10. Anatoly Lubarsky says:

    I dunno what facebook is up-to with twitter, but
    there is a desktop app called Fosimo on Facebook and recently it has a Twitter version called Fosimo.TR (looks like a plug isn’t it)

  11. Tweeting via Facebook? | GroupHelp.NET - Easy everything! says:

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  12. Tweeting via Facebook? | Samachar Express says:

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  14. Brandon Mendelson says:

    I still think Selective Twitter is the best application for updating Facebook from Twitter, but updating Twitter from Facebook seems problematic. Different audiences, for starters, and why would you cut your word count down into 140 characters when you could just do that on the browser interface for Twitter?

    Just some thoughts on the subject. Facebook seems to be doing everything it can to overrun Twitter, but it’s sort of pointless.

  15. Luca Capone says:

    Very good indeed. That’s what I have been looking for a while

  16. Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration? | TwooTools - Twitter Tools says:

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  17. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | NASZAKLASA says:

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  18. Pengiun FB: A Truce Offering or Trojan Horse From Facebook to Twitter? says:

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  19. Twitter + Facebook = Penguin FB | Daily Social says:

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  20. Penguin FB: A truce offering or Trojan Horse from Facebook to Twitter? | VentureBeat says:

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  21. TechnoRush says:

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  22. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? « Internet Marketing KB says:

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  23. (Wirklich nur ein) Gerücht, dass Facebook an einer Twitter-Unterstützung arbeitet | freshzweinull +++ says:

    [...] sogar der Möglichkeit einen Status-Update synchron auf Facebook und Twitter zu veröffentlichen? Darauf spekuliert Justin Smith von Inside Facebook seitdem. Ein weiteres Indiz: Nachdem Smith Facebook um [...]

  24. Mihir Lakhani says:

    awesome !! luv twitter a lot …
    a better integration will be great

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  26. Ruth Stroup says:

    Thanks for the update. One of the reasons I like FB is that I can read/write in a normal way. Tweets have begun to look like text messages. While just about all my friends who use twitter also use FB, the reverse is not true.

  27. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? » SteamWorx says:

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  28. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | My Blog says:

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  29. Twitter is IM (and Why the Limit is 140 characters) | CloudAve says:

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  30. links for 2009-07-16 | Yostivanich.com says:

    [...] Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration? " One interesting possibility: Facebook is working on a new, more native Twitter integration that would let users publish updates to Twitter automatically from Facebook. If that is indeed the case, it would be an interesting move by Facebook. Allowing users to more easily link their Facebook updates with other services like Twitter could potentially make Facebook one of the largest Twitter applications. If only a few million Facebook users were to publish their status updates to Twitter, Facebook could become the largest source of tweets – an interesting inversion of the way Twitter is used as a Facebook application by many users today." This would be really cool. (tags: facebook twitter socialmedia socialnetwork socialnetworking microblogging) [...]

  31. Lo stato di Facebook potrebbe aggiornare quello di Twitter - Guida Facebook Italiano - Facebook Italia says:

    [...] Fonte:  Inside Facebook [...]

  32. Johnny says:

    I’ll probably be the first to create an infinite post loop…
    1. Post to Twitter
    2. Facebook twitter app updates Facebook status
    3. Facebook posts to Twitter
    4. Goto 2

  33. Facebook working on new Twitter integration | Geekword says:

    [...] is working on a new Twitter integration that would let users publish updates to Twitter automatically from [...]

  34. Harold Cabezas says:

    LOL, great work Justin + insidefacebook.com; you guys are everywhere!

    Keep it up!

  35. Penguin Facebook, a New Twitter | The Pakistani Spectator says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  36. Facebook Testing New "Penguin FB" Twitter App? - News: Everything-e says:

    [...] Sure, they’re apps that currently allow this… but it seems Facebook wants their own. InsideFacebook reports that they contacted company, asking about the Penguin FB app and they had no comment. [...]

  37. Facebook Testing New "Penguin FB" Twitter App? | Helping You Make Money Online www.ProfitWorx.com says:

    [...] InsideFacebook reports that they contacted company, asking about the Penguin FB app and they had no comment. Shortly after that, Blake deleted his test tweet. (You can still view his tweet via search.twitter). [...]

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  39. racetalkblog.com » David Kirkpatrick on Facebook, Accidental Billionaires, Twitter and The Facebook Effect says:

    [...] On Wednesday we found out (through a post by Mark Zuckerberg) that Facebook hit a quarter billion users, putting it past Indonesia as the world’s fourth populous “country.” One person who was certainly not surprised by the news was David Kirkpatrick. Although he’s currently residing in the hills of the Berkshires, there’s probably no person further inside Facebook right now than Kirkpatrick. Other than, maybe, Justin Smith of Inside Facebook. [...]

  40. The Technology Post for July 16th, 2009 | I love .NET! says:

    [...] Facebook – Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration? – Tweeted by Guy Kawasaki [...]

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  42. Host Yard IT Services » Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? says:

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  43. Facebook sta lavorando ad una integrazione con Twitter? - Commenta la tecnologia, la telefonia, i software says:

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  44. Facebook testing native Twitter integration? | GadgetFun.Net says:

    [...] A Facebook engineer has been spotted tweeting from an application called Penguin FB, as you can see in the picture, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the FB probably is probably short for Facebook. So, putting two and two together combined with denials from Facebook and the removal of the tweet by engineer Ross Blake, there’s a very good chance that this was a test of a Twitter application on Facebook which allows users to tweet directly from the world’s biggest social network. The move would be in line with Facebook’s drive to get in on the act in some way, whether that be by aping Twitter or, in this case, by trying to hold on to a lot of the traffic through the API. Doubtless, we’ll hear more about it soon. (via Facebook Insider) [...]

  45. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? : Agency2 Social Media says:

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  46. facebook application says:

    it’s a good news, twitter is getting famous it will help both social netwrosk.

  47. Rob Bell says:

    Given the 140 character limit on Twitter, I can envision millions of Facebook updates consisting of the start of the comment, cut off promptly at 120 chars with a link to FB for the rest…

    I like using FB with Twitter, but Twitter is where most of my output originates – usually I’ll pick up the comments in Facebook and continue conversations that way with non-Twitter-using friends. I don’t know that it would work as well the other way round….

  48. Petter Griph (thecode) 's status on Friday, 17-Jul-09 19:47:03 UTC - Identi.ca says:

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  49. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | Design Visibility says:

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  50. Twitter Directory 2000 says:

    I think Twitter would be happier to be on Facebook, than Facebook would like to see Twitter on Facebook.

  51. Weekly Round Up 18.07.09 « The Seldom Seen Kid says:

    [...] Facebook are working on an integrated Twitter app to use within the 250 million member service. Inside Facebook this week reported on a test tweet from Facebook engineer Ross Blake which was delivered via [...]

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  54. Facebook Testing New "Penguin FB" Twitter App? | says:

    [...] InsideFacebook reports that they contacted company, asking about the Penguin FB app and they had no comment. Shortly after that, Blake deleted his test tweet. (You can still view his tweet via search.twitter). [...]

  55. Tyler Willis says:

    I would be surprised if Facebook published it’s content into twitter, seems like a big favor to a company it seems intent on competing with.

    I could see them testing it’s affect on traffic though, maybe they are hoping to use twitter to drive traffic back to fb with links to the status update.

    “‘I’m happy right now.’ comment on this at http://fb.com/X15fZ

    or even better:

    “Tyler just posted on Facebook — check it out http://fb.com/X15fZ

  56. anej mehadžič » Če jih ne moreš premagati, se jim pridruži says:

    [...] sinhronizacijo objav na Twittru s statusi na Facebooku, je kak teden nazaj v blogosfero pricurljala novica, da naj bi Facebook razvijal sinhronizacijo statusov v obratno smer, torej s Facebooka na Twitter. [...]

  57. Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? | Twitter Nest says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  58. Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration? « Antoine Dupin says:

    [...] source : http://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/07/15/facebook-… Publié par antoinedupin Classé dans 1 Laisser un commentaire [...]

  59. Indeed: Facebook Launches Tool for Facebook Pages to Syndicate Their Posts to Twitter says:

    [...] weeks ago, we noticed a test tweet from Facebook that looked like the company might be working on a new way for Facebook pages to syndicate status updates to Twitter. Today, Facebook just launched exactly [...]

  60. The World Condensed » Blog Archive » Penguin: Facebook’s Future Twitter App? says:

    [...] tweet, which we first learned about via Inside Facebook, is a test tweet from the unknown application. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Blake has [...]

  61. Facebook eyes off twitter | Agent-X Comics says:

    [...] in my feeds the other day, titled “Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?“. [read original post here]   This immediately  brought to mind an image of a giant facebook creature eagerly eyeing off [...]

  62. application development tools says:

    if this happen then face book is going to be a gr8 for social networking if two big giants of social networking join together

  63. Social Media Agency Canada says:

    Really it’s a good news..!!both social networks will help…!!

  64. Salou says:

    I wish they would hurry up and sort it. I sick of logging in and out of them both.

  65. Friends and Foes « Digging For Worms says:

    [...] approach they’re working on is integrating their status update platform with Twitter’s. With a [...]

  66. Heather williams says:

    I read your post. Its interesting and very nice to read. thanks.

  67. facebook applications says:

    Very celever move from Facebook, I am excited to see how they will battle Google Wave?

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