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Popular Twitter client TweetDeck is beginning testing on a new version of its software that includes integration with Facebook.

In a blog post, TweetDeck describes the functionality offered in what for now is an optional test version of the software: “You can click on the Facebook icon at the top and, once you have signed into Facebook and given TweetDeck authorization, this will add a new column full of each of your friends most recent status update which updates automatically once a minute.

From here you can email the update out to anyone, tweet it out over twitter, view the users online status and if they are online right now click on their name (or the green online status indicator) to open Facebook chat right within TweetDeck.”

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The option to more or less “retweet” your Facebook friends’ status updates could be controversial, since unlike Twitter, where updates are mostly public and hoping to reach as large an audience as possible, your friends don’t necessarily want their Facebook messages re-broadcast to all of your Twitter followers. This is perhaps one reason the Facebook Connect enabled version of TweetDeck is optional for now, so these issues can be sorted out.

[credits: mashable.com]