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Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger

I’d heard about this Twitter fad for a good year or so, but had never really gotten into it (or Twittered) until after the SMX West search marketing conference in early March. It seemed like almost everyone was using Twitter at the conference for various reasons; whether they were to alert others of the sessions that they were attending, or sharing their favorite blog posts.

 Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger

Sharing the favorite blog posts is what gathered my attention, since I am an Internet marketer and the ability to gather more eyes to my blog or other sites (along with sites I like) presented itself to be a new and personally untapped opportunity. I signed up to Twitter, followed some of my friends, and after a couple of days I hit 100 followers. I noticed that some of the other bloggers like Pete Cashmore or Andy Beal were routinely dropping links in their Twitter posts and I figured that they must be using some automated tool to distribute RSS via Twitter. The next step was performing the simple query on Google; “RSS to Twitter” and ranked in the top position was Twitterfeed.

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Twitterfeed automatically twitters your RSS feed to all of the tweets following you on Twitter. Signing up is simple; you need an OpenID account (use your Yahoo OpenID) and well, a Twitter account. Here are the steps :

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  1. First set up a twitter account where you would like to broadcast your blog RSS feed.
  2. Then, go to Twitterfeed and login using OpenID. If you are a Yahoo user just login using your Yahoo profile information.
  3. Then set up your Twitterfeed account by entering in your blog’s RSS feed.
  4. One RSS feed is not limited to one Twitter account, so if you have multiple accounts you can send your RSS to all of them. And vice versa. If you have 10 blogs, you can consolidate all of your RSS feeds into one Twitter account.
  5. Choose the frequency of the Twitterfeed. You can send posts every 30 minutes or once a day. If your Twitter account has lots of friends, you may not want to overwhelm them with posts every 30 minutes.
  6. You can list the post titles or the descriptions in Twitterfeed.
  7. You can also add a prefix to the blog posts. This way, if you have multiple blogs you can label them : Blog1, Blog2
  8. You can set the amounts of updates each time, so if you only want to send one you can, but you are allowed to send as many as five

Twitterfeed is quite easy to use and set up and then once you’re done, your blog posts will be sent to your followers about 10 to 15 minutes after they are posted. I’ve noticed that sometimes posts are skipped, so it’s not perfect.

I’d like to be able to set up multiple feeds under one Twitter account instead of setting them up separately or even randomly choose from a set of my favorite blogs, so it looks like I’m actually doing research and sharing these posts with my friends (and not automating my social networking).

Twitterfeed is in beta testing, so it may have some bugs, but to help smooth out their issues, you may want to make a donation to also keep it advertising free.

I know I wrote about Twiitterfeed last week, but this post is part of a Twitter Tool Carnival being run today on SEJ and these other blogs :

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Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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27 thoughts on “Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger

  1. As a new user of Twitter, (literally as of a few days ago) I appreciate the links but an entire RSS feed of them? Not sure I’d be inclined to continue following someone as if I truly want to be kept up to date to that degree, I’d add them to my reader? Maybe I’m in the minority though.

  2. Loren, obviously you’re well-known but, like you said, you’re like a year or more late to the scene and if you’re regular readers don’t already know about this then it’s because what I wrote about them here must be true.

    Anyways, my WordPress-based link above leads to my articles labelled “Twitter”… it’ll catch on in new ways eventually but right now, the masses, lacking in imagination, are just railing on about the obvious uses. Ultimate best use: data mining.

    Happy tweeting,
    Sam

  3. I have been using Twitterfeed for weeks now and I just love it. It’s a very simple process, and I love that they are using OpenID. The only thing I would recommend is to setup your Twitterfeed so that it posts your blog title only, no description. This also encourages you to have better, more catchy titles.

  4. Chetan, so when would it EVER be necessary? And why do you abuse the word “spam” when we both know that a single automated tweet per blog post, sent to people who not only willingly signed up to read your tweets, and who can, just as easily, unfollow, block or ignore you, is not even remotely the same as SPAM.

    What the hell is wrong with people? Why are so many people so cowardly and so eager to refer to any notification that is not laboriously manufactured as “spam.”

    BESIDES, its not as if any of the HAND-MADE tweets are so incredibly chock-full of nutritional education. Most of them are idiotic junk like “texting from inside the car wash!”…. people KNOW most tweets are going to be junky stream of consciousness and, ironically, that is part of the appeal… to be listening in to so many peoples stream of consciousness thought process.

    So to get an auto-tweet about a blog article is actually a SAVING GRACE… a welcome, nutritious morsel, amidst a bevy of ludicrous, non-sensible tweets.

  5. I find this very interesting, as I may have a personal blog in wich I may tell my friends about me. This way, I know they all get the message (I may email them, too, I know).

    Also, I don’t beleive twitter feed to be spam. The BBC has several accounts just for tweeting the latest news. (see http://twitter.com/bbc)

    I’m thinking a friendfeed to twitter utility that would gather all your online activity (blog posts, comments, youtube, del.icio.us, etc), it may even alert you of important emails (although I guess something similar already exists).

  6. I agree as well. People follow mu Twitter because of probably two reasons:
    1) They are my friends, and I would love for them to read my blog
    2) They came from my blog link, so they already read it and wouldn’t mind.

    Great how-to!

  7. Thanks for comments. I have been trying to setup my google rss feed into twitterfeed, but the url can’t be validated [parsed] so stuck at this point. But great idea when I get it working.

  8. Have been twittering for a while and find it great. I am definitely going to sign up for Twitterfeed. Thanks!!

  9. Thanks for comments. I have been trying to setup my google rss feed into twitterfeed, but the url can’t be validated [parsed] so stuck at this point. But great idea when I get it working.

  10. I’m on Twitter, and just wrote an article on the benefits of using a tool to auto post to Twitter. You can watch your number of followers climb if you syndicate on-topic content that you generate online. Heck, most of the time you are creating content online and you can grab a feed from almost any site these days. The trick is realizing which sites/content will appeal to your target audience on Twitter.

  11. Now you also have Twitterlive.net that is a very good twitterfeed alternative. Twitterlive lets you create a feed channel that automatically feeds your blog to twitter, track the clicks and collects real-time traffic data.