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Integrating with Facebook and Twitter

Mac OS X now supports Twitter and Facebook integration. Generally, you use this for sharing information with other people. Let's see how this works. Let's set it up in System Preferences, we'll go Mail, Contacts & Calendars. And just like setting up an email account, we'll choose a Twitter account. I'll enter my name along with my password, and then click Sign In. Now, I'm signed in. Now, look at the Update Contacts button. If I click on that, Twitter will through my contacts within Contacts Application and it will look specifically for email addresses and phone numbers that happen to be part of a Twitter account.

If it finds any of those, it will then add the Twitter user names for those contacts to my contact cards. In this case, I'm not going to do that, I'll click on Cancel. So now, Twitter is integrated with my Mac. Let's see how that works. I could go to Notification Center, and notice there is now a Click to Tweet area. Click there, I can then enter my tweet if I want to, Add Location, and I can send out my tweet. Now, how about Facebook? Here's Facebook. I'll enter my User Name, which in this case is my email address, and my password, and click Next.

So, you are told what will happen. So those friends you have on Facebook, they will be added to your Contacts application. It also allows you to post status updates, photos, and that kind of thing to Facebook. So, for example, you may be in iPhoto, then you have the opportunity to share your photos through Facebook, and with your permission, you can use other kinds of Facebook integration as well, so I'll sign in. It goes through and it syncs those contacts. Now, if I don't want those contacts synced, I can just simply click on that button and contacts are no longer part of the picture.

So, we saw after adding a Twitter account, that Notification Center changed. Let's see if it's done anything now that we have Facebook. Cancel that tweet. And sure enough, here's Facebook. Click to Post. I can then type up something, post it, and it will appear on my Facebook page. As I mentioned, Facebook and Twitter are now part of my applications. So let's go to iPhoto. I'll choose this image, click on Share, and if I want now, I can tweet that image or I can send it out to Facebook.

You'll find these same kinds of settings whenever you click a Share button throughout your Mac. And that's it. Once you've added your accounts, Facebook and Twitter are now integrated into Mac OS X.

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Integrating with Facebook and Twitter provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Christopher Breen as part of the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

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