Setting up a twitter feed from a repository RSS feed
Posted by gazjjohnson on 15 January, 2010
I’ve been keen to set up a feed from our blog (the LRA) for new additions for some time, but I’ve always thought it would be a technological challenge. Turns out that it’s pretty easy if you’ve got an RSS output already, which we have.
I had a word with my contacts on twitter and as usual they came up aces with the answer – two suggestions a site called Twitterfeed or using HootDeck. This is how I did it.
- I registered a new twitter account for the repository UoLLRA. You don’t have to do that you can just use your own account – but I wanted this to be separate from my online identity.
- I went to Twitterfeed.com.
- I opted to register using an OpenID account, although you can set up your own personal registration on the site. Since the LRA has a GMail address I used this.
- Once logged in I created a new feed
- I named the feed and copied in the URL of the RSS feed of new additions to the site.
- I selected where this was to be posted to – in this case Twitter. As I was still logged into twitter I only had to authorise this access, rather log in again.
- And that was it – all new items added to the repository will automatically gain a little more exposure to the electronic world without me taking any additional action.
Now I just need to keep promoting http://www.twitter.com/UoLLRA to a few people and we can take it from there. Much much easier than I expected! Thanks to all the people who offered advice and suggestions via twitter!