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Integrate Your Tumblr Blog With Social Networks

Blogging is not much fun without an audience, but how can you get people to visit your new Tumblr blog?  Many of us already use social networks like Facebook and Twitter, so here’s how you can integrate your Tumblr blog with other networks.

Share Your Tumblr Posts on Facebook

Would you like all of your family and friends on Facebook to know all the witty things you post on Tumblr?  It can automatically post to your Facebook wall whenever you publish something on your Tumblr blog.  To activate this, go to your Customize page at tumblr.com/customize and select the Services tab.  Click Setup in the Facebook box to start adding it to your Facebook account.

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Sign into your Facebook account if you’re not already signed in, and click the Allow button to grant accesses to the Tumblr application on your account.

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Enter your Tumblr blog’s address, and then click Start importing this blog.  If you’re using the default free address, enter your_blog’s_name.tumblr.com; alternately, if you’re using your own custom domain, enter your domain as normal.

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Click Allow Publishing to approve Tumblr posting on your Facebook wall.

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Tumblr will ask to access your news feed and wall also; click Allow Access so it can use Facebook services directly in your Tumblr dashboard.

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Finally, click Allow to let the Tumblr Facebook app remember you so you won’t have to re-approve it every time.

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Once you’re done, you’ll be informed that your Tumblr posts will automatically be imported to Facebook.  If you need to change one of the configurations, click Disable and reconfigure; otherwise, you’re good to go!

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Now, whenever you post something on Tumblr, it’ll be posted on your Facebook wall also for all of your friends to see.  Short posts such as link and quote posts usually show the entire post on Facebook, but longer posts will only show the title and opening sentences, and then you’ll have to click View post to see the rest.

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The update will change depending on your post style.  Here we’ve posted an mp3 on Tumblr, and it showed up with a play button on Facebook.  The “button” is actually just a link to our Tumblr post, so your friends will still have to head over to your Tumblr blog to listen to audio or view other multimedia content you may post.

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Unfortunately, Tumblr cannot automatically post to fan pages; it can only post to your personal wall.  If you’re using Tumblr for a company or publicity blog and want to put your posts on your Fan page, you’ll need to post them manually or use an alternative service such as twitterfeed which can also post to Facebook.

Add Twitter to Tumblr

While Facebook is great for communicating with family and friends, you might want to spread your posts to a bit broader audience.  Twitter’s openness makes it a great way for others to discover your posts, and we increasingly find Twitter our social network of choice.  Tumblr works great with Twitter; to add it to your Tumblr, open the Customize page and select Services as above.  This time, check the Send my Tumblr posts to Twitter box and click the Sign in with Twitter button.

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Sign in to you Twitter account if you’re not already, and then click Allow to add the Tumblr application to your Twitter account.  Now Tumblr will automatically post a tweet whenever you publish a new post.

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Here’s how one of our articles showed up on Twitter.  Note that it says it was tweeted from Tumblr, and also uses a special Tumblr.com short URL.

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Sometimes you might like to write something on Tumblr but not share it on Twitter.  If so, just uncheck the Send to Twitter box when composing a new post.

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Or, if you’d rather just change Tumblr tweets when your post goes live, click the Edit link and add your own text.  Leave the [URL] in, as this will be replaced with the link to your post.

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Use Twitter From Your Tumblr Dashboard

Once you’ve added a Twitter account to Tumblr as above, you can integrate Twitter with Tumblr very nicely.  From your Preferences page at tumblr.com/preferences, you can select to show Twitter updates in your main dashboard feed.  Do note that if you follow many people on Twitter, it may be hard to keep up with on the Dashboard.

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Or, you can just access your twitter feed from the drop-down menu on your Dashboard.  Click the arrow beside your blog’s name, and then select your Twitter name.

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Now you can view use Tumblr as a Twitter app.  You can view and post tweets, or even reblog a tweet on your Tumblr blog.

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Conclusion

Although social networks have taken the place of blogs for many people, Tumblr makes it easy to bring the best of both worlds together.  This is a great way to post a picture, quote, or more, and immediately share it with your Tumblr and Twitter followers and Facebook friends in one click.  We especially liked the way we could customize the Twitter post, and wish you could customize what was posted on Facebook the same way.  If you need to share your Tumblr posts with more friends, you can often use your Tumblr’s RSS feed to post to other networks such as Google Buzz.  Let us know what networks you share your Tumblr posts on, or if the Tumblr ecosystem has replaced other social networks for you!

If you’re just getting started with Tumblr, don’t forget to check our other Tumblr tutorials, including:

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  • Published 07/29/10

Comments (13)

  1. SquareWheel

    Social integration is not something I would want to encourage. It makes blogs more bloated, look at John Gruber’s blog for a nice, simplistic design.

  2. Crystal Hammonds

    Above you say….
    “Unfortunately, Tumblr cannot automatically post to fan pages; it can only post to your personal wall”

    That’s not exactly true.

    On this page, Tumblr gives you instructions on how to do it.

    http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/facebook_pages

    I hope this helps someone.

  3. Matthew Guay

    @Crystal – Thanks for letting us know! They’ve actually added support for FB pages since I wrote this article. Have you tried out integrating Tumblr with a Facebook page?

  4. Crystal Hammonds

    Yes, I’ve set up my Tumblr blog to feed my Facebook fan page.

    The setup process was pretty straight forward. The key tip I would offer is make sure you select your Facebook Fan page only when it asks which Facebook wall to send to.

    Whichever page has a check by it [Your choices: your Profile page, your Fan Page, both or none] is where it dumps you Tumblr blog content to.

    Good Luck!

  5. Chris

    Does anyone know how to make the tumblr entries which automatically appear in my facebook news feed open in a new tab? Whenever someone clicks on the post, they will be directed to my tumblr page – I’d prefer if the page just opened in a new tab (and facebook stays). Someone any ideas how to do this? Maybe it’s a FB setting, I don’t know…

  6. robin

    ditto what chris said ^^^^ I dont want it to feed into my wall but rather a tab

  7. Emily

    What If I Click On Customize And I Dont Have A Services Button?

  8. Steven

    When I click on Customize, there is no services button??

  9. monvisage

    So it could just be me but with the twitter thing, only my original posts are being posted to twitter. How can I change the settings to post all my tumblr posts on twitter including reblogs?

  10. Amanda

    Is there a way to simply post ONE entry from my Tumblr to my Facebook, and not have it done automatically each time?

  11. Thomas

    I have linked my Tumblr and facebook pages but while the cool pictures from Tumblr show up on the personal page, they don’t show up on the facebook page. Any ideas how to fix this?

  12. Petrus

    But when you have more than one tumblr blogs? Is there possible to share posts from TWO of my blogs (in one tumblr account)?

  13. Madlyfrustrated

    This is no longer working right? I get page not found when i follow the instructions : “To add Tumblr to a Facebook Page, follow these instructions”

    Anyone have more upto date information about how to link tumblr to FB fan pages or is this no longer an option?

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