I favorited Maria’s tweet over at Twitter a few days ago as a way of bookmarking it. Today I finally got back to it and I’ve decided to play with this a bit. I’m going to cross-post Twitter to Google+ and Facebook to Google+, mainly out of curiosity.
The Publish Sync chrome extension does exactly what it advertises. It enables the web versions of Google+, Twitter and Facebook (and Plurk for those who still use it) to selectively cross-post to each other.
I’m not a fan of fully automated cross-posting. As I’ve mentioned before, Twitter dominates my Linked stream to such an extent that it makes me wonder if anyone is listening on Linkedin. And posts on Facebook that contain @mentions from Twitter always leave me scratching my head a bit. But I do like the idea of being able to selectively cross-post in a very simple and intuitive way.
This is, of course, not the first service to do this. However, the use of check boxes just below the status update window at Twitter, Facebook and Google+ make Publish Sync easier to use than other services that require, for example, the use of a special hashtag #fb to cross-post to Facebook.
At least this way users can use some judgement about whether a specific post might have value to the people who follow them on another network, being sensitive to the fact that people socialize on each service differently and that there are different community “rules” that should be taken into consideration. I expect this capability to make it’s way into apps like Tweetbot, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck soon enough.
What’s your stand on cross-posting, automated, selective or otherwise?