Wednesday, December 13

Using Twitter Feed to Get Around Associated Content's Auto Post Feature

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You may remember my old article about using the Auto Post feature on Associated Content to automatically post your articles to Twitter and Facebook.  I never had any issues using the feature with Facebook, but I have with Twitter.  So for a long time I have been posting to Twitter when I received comments, and of course you have seen articles posted to Twitter automatically from Bukisa and Triond.  But for Associated Content, I would always use bit.ly and then log into my Twitter account and have bit.ly post the links.  That also involved cutting and pasting the title of the article, and it is a lot of work but I will do it because you need to post updates to Twitter throughout the day to reach everyone.  If you post in the middle of the night when you finish your articles none of the people you see them.

It is also easy to miss people that do not check their timeline.  I am subscribed to 2,000 people myself and I do not check my timeline at all.  I may check three or four times a day on those times I am actually at work so the most I may see are 60 to 120 tweets.  I also do searches for Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Akron, East New York, New York, Dayton and Los Angeles just to see what is going on there.  I never check my lists, but if you do respond to one of my tweets I may check your timeline.

This is why it is important to have a service that will post your links from Associated Content for you, at least until Associated Content gets the Auto Post functionality for Twitter fixed.  What I have done is to create a RSS feed of my own content on my own profile.  This is something anyone can do if they want to follow you through an RSS reader and to be completely honest, with what I am about to show you anyone could actually promote your content for you by sending tweets out through their own Twitter profiles.  

The next step is to copy the URL of that RSS feed and set it up in Twitter Feed.  If you do not want to set up an account at twitterfeed.com you can log in through your Google, Yahoo, Blogger, Flickr, Aol, WordPress, Live Journal, VeriSign, and a number of other accounts.  Ironically you cannot actually sign in through your Twitter or Facebook accounts, but that is neither here or there. The next step is to create a feed.  

Enter the name of your feed and enter the RSS address you received from Associated Content.  Click on “Test RSS Feed” to make sure that the feed works.  You can click on “Advanced Settings” to change the defaults to add up to five updates at one time, or to use other services than bit.ly to shorten your links.  Go to step 2 and you will see that the feed was created, but you then need to tell Twitter Feed which service to send the feed through.  Right now the Ping.fm option does not work, but you can still use Facebook.  

If this is your first time you will need to authenticate your Twitter account, and as with all applications that use the Twitter API the service will direct you to Twitter, have you log in, and then go back to the page that sent you to Twitter.  From there you just click on “Create Service”, and you’re done.  You no longer have to manually post your links unless you really want to.  For those who are only getting like ten page views for their articles I recommend you sign up on Twitter and use this service.  People forget that you can have multiple accounts on Twitter and you can use one account for socializing and another to promote your content.  There are other means through with to promote your content but since everyone is either on Twitter and Facebook it just does not make any sense not to promote your content on either service.  You can still frequent other aspects of Associated Content and visit other writers and leave comments and make your name known through those methods, this is just one more avenue in which to get exposure.  

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