Send Google Plus Posts To Other Social Networks With Friends+Me

Friends+MeHave you become hooked on Google Plus and have a tough time staying fully active on other social networks? Friends+Me is a cool app that will help you syndicate (repost) your public G+ posts to other networks to help you stay active across the board. This post takes a detailed look at Friends+Me and some of the ways to use it.

About Friends+Me

Friends+Me is the creation of Alois Bělaška and it’s a Google Plus app that takes your public Google Plus posts and sends them to other social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr). You have full control (See “Complete Sharing Control” below) of which networks all or a particular post is shared.

Who Can Benefit From Friends Plus Me?

It’s really personal preference on how much of same content we want to post on the various social media sites but this is certainly a time saver for those that want to post across the board on consistent basis and are short on time. Personally, I think reposts shouldn’t be the only thing we share on the other networks but I love to repost certain shares from G+.

A side benefit to Friends+Me is that it brings followers of your other networks to your Google plus account. Personally, I think Google Plus is becoming more and more important and most of us should be building an Empire there.

NOTE: One thing I’ve been doing for shares such as a blog post, where I want a direct link to that blog post, is including the link within the Google Plus post itself.

Supporting Social Networks

Friends Plus Me is still growing and Alois says he will continue adding destination networks to the app but, as of now, your public posts from your Google Plus profile or Google Plus Page/s (paid accts) can be shared to the following networks:

  • Facebook profiles
  • Facebook groups
  • Facebook pages
  • Twitter profiles
  • Linkedin profiles
  • Linkedin groups
  • Linkedin pages
  • Tumblr Blogs (Both public and private)

Facebook: Shared G+ posts behave differently depending on the post and destination social network. For example, if I share an image post on Google Plus, which is then reposted to Facebook, that shared post on Facebook will include a link to my G+ post. This is a fantastic way to build your Google Plus following!

image - Friends Plus Me Shared to Facebook

Twitter: Now, on Twitter, that same image post (not mine but shared on G+) will include a link to the original image (The person I shared the image from) rather than my G+ post. This is fine but you should be aware of that in case the reason you sent it to Twitter was to bring tweeple back to your G+ profile or page. You’ll need to repost your own content from Google Plus to accomplish that.

image - Friends Plus Me Shared to Twitter

Tumblr: Tumblr behaves differently as well by including links to both. If you click the picture, you will go to the original source the image was shared from. If you click the shortened click to read more link, you will be taken to your Google Plus post.

image - Friends Plus Me Shared to Tumblr

LinkedIn: Reposts to LinkedIn show nicely and link directly to the blog post.

image - Friends Plus Me Shared to Linkedin

Pricing

I’ve been using the free version of Friends+Me for about 3 months and just recently upgraded to the Standard version. I upgraded because I want to share more than 40 public posts and I want to do that from my Google Plus Page, not my personal G+profile.

Prices right now are:

  • FREE – 40 reposts per month and shares from your Google Plus profile only.
  • STANDARD: $29.99/yr or $2.99/Mo – Unlimited reposts, up to 3 Google+ Pages and Bit.ly support.
  • UNLIMITED: $49.99/yr or $4.99/Mo – Unlimited reposts, unlimited Google+ Pages and Bit.ly support.

image - Friends Plus Me Pricing

Complete Sharing (Reposting) Control

Okay, this is pretty cool; Friends Plus Me uses designated hashtags to control if and where your posts are reposted. There are standard hashtags already set to go and you can also create custom hashtags as well.

The first thing you should do is setup your default destination accounts. This will automatically repost to those default social networks every time you post publically, unless you use a hashtag to route differently.

I’ll attempt to include the control hashtags but it’s going to look more complicated than it really is. Keep in mind, the hashtags can be combined and it doesn’t matter in what order. For example, the hashtag #f is for Facebook and #t is for Twitter; so if I want to send to both Facebook and Twitter I simply add hashtag #ft or #tf. Now that post will be sent only to Facebook and Twitter and ignore the other connected networks, for that Google Plus post only.

Keep in mind, ONLY Public posts can be reposted. Private posts or those sent to only certain circles will not be reposted. Also, if you DO NOT want a public post shared to any network, you simply add the hashtag #ns or #noshare.

The current designated control hashtags are as follows:

  • Twitter: #t
  • LinkedIn: #l
  • Facebook: #f
  • Tumblr: #u
  • Don’t Repost Anywhere: #ns or #noshare.

Custom Control Hashtags

As an example of how you can use the custom control hashtags; I setup a custom hashtag named #all that will send a public post to all of my connected networks, including my Facebook personal profile. I did this because I removed my public Facebook profile from my “Default destination accounts”.

Friends Plus Me Setup Tutorial (Video)

Scheduling Google Plus Posts

As of the time of this post, there’s no scheduling option in Friends+Me but the app creator Alois Bělaška says it is in his future plans.

There is a way to schedule Google Plus posts right now by using the free Chrome extension Do Share. One of the cool things about Do Share that once the extension is installed in your Chrome browser, you’ll be able not only to schedule your posts on Google+, you’ll also be able to schedule reshares of other people’s G+posts.

Note: I haven’t been able to get Do Share to upload an image when creating a post through the extension. It shows the image just fine on a reshare but simply won’t connect when adding an image of my own. This may have something to do with my system or setup because I haven’t seen where others are having the same issue.

image - Flashpaste ExampleFlashpaste Professional

I’ve been using Flashpaste Professional by Softvoile for years. Flashpaste is a simple text and clipboard utility that I use for everything from passwords to email signatures. I bring it up because it’s also very handy for things like the control hashtags used by Friends+Me. Actually, it’s handy for any network that uses hashtags but I’ll stick to the topic at hand for now. I have Flashpaste setup on all of my computers to bring up the text paste utility when I push “control” and “I”. I scroll to the hashtags folder, select the appropriate hashtag and I’m in business.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Are you strapped for time too? Are you hooked on Google Plus yet? Is Friends+Me something that could help you? I’d love to see your comments about Friends+Me of sharing content across the various social networks. Click the appropriate tab below to comment with WordPress, Facebook or Google Plus.

Resources:
Friends+Me
Friends+Me on Google Plus
Friends+Me Users G+ Community
Using Friends+Me To Repost From Google Plus (Hangout Video)

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  1. Twitter: Ileane
    Hi Brian,

    I was using an extension called Extended Share to do this but it stopped working months ago and I haven’t been able to find a replacement until now.

    Thanks for sharing this and I will check it out and let you know how it goes. Right now I have my Facebook page and my second Twitter account connected but that might change.

    Have a great day Brian. Chat soon!
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  2. Twitter: tomjamieson_
    I looked into this service the other day. For someone who really spends a lot of time on G+ at the expense of other SM platforms, this could be a really great service. I’m not ready to go there yet though. I remember when using the #fb hashtag on Twitter would send your tweets to your FB account if they were linked, but I eventually realized they were different platforms to be used in different ways and I stopped linking the two. Right now, I am thinking the same about G+ and the other platforms. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Twitter: CraigheadPro
    Well, this would be easy to use. But I don’t want to pay money for automation. It’s just not my thing. Google + does need some sort of self poster when you write a new blog post. I just go to my own share buttons on my blog and share them. It seems to work best for me. I just wish they had something that made submitting to social bookmarking sites like stumbleupon and reddit easier.


    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Sure Scott, I use those same button and Friends+Me sends that post off to other networks. With that said, it’s certainly not for everyone and it still takes work. Thanks for watching us live yesterday, it’s always nice to get your questions. :)


  4. Twitter: soobeeoz
    Thanks for an informative and valuable post, Brian. I learnt a lot. I regularly use several social networks but hadn’t been aware of Friends+Me. I will check out the free version and look at upgrading later.

    All the best,
    Susan

  5. This is a nice tool. I don’t religiously use Google Plus as much as I do Facebook and Twitter, mostly due to the fact that Google’s policies on their content and not being able to integrate their API into adding comments into posts like Twitter and Facebook do through specific plugins.

    I’d rather use some of the third party free syndication tools that do the job just as good. Dlvr.it actually seems cheaper then this and you can syndicate more than 40 posts in a month from several social networks.
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  6. Great opportunity to automate the process of providing new links through social media. It’s about time, I wonder if there is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to also make the process completely. What do you think? Great news Brian! Keep it up :)


  7. Twitter: mommacansing
    Old habits die hard. Of course 6 years ago I did not have a facebook account, or did I? I had a blog that shared photos of my adorable son. Then I felt weird about that and just made a blog about something this is useful to me and hopefully other overwhelmed moms.
    Now I have all kinds of accounts and spend quality time just trying to remember the passwords.
    This looks pretty cool. I use Hootsuite but don’t like the way it looks when all the windows are open. I do not like a cluttered home or a cluttered screen. lol
    Will check it out, already shared this post with a friend whos husband is moving into a brick and mortar store with a Scuba Company . Major leap, but oh boy it sounds fun to me.
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  8. Twitter: angeld0ve
    Hey Brian,

    I am a fan of Friends+Me. I love this application and so I just became a Standard user. Have no need for Unlimited, but if you have a lot of social media to cover this is BEST.

    BTW, I just subscribed to your email and also “liked” you on Facebook.

    Anyway, you have done a very thorough walk-thru on your post. Will share this on GooglePlus. And oh, before I forgot, I also subscribed to your YouTube channel.

    One thing though that I’d like to see on Friends+Me is the addition of Pinterest. But I know that this is still on BETA and I’m sure he will prolly add this later. Just talked to the admin on Friends+Me community and asked if they will actually do the “scheduling” on this instead of relying on DoShare. DoShare, by the way, is DOWN and I cannot schedule any images there…this is a BUMMER. And so I cannot wait to see his own “scheduling” button here on Friends+Me…he said YES in the future.

    Angela
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