How to publish your blog as a Twitter feed

March 24, 2009

Vista busy cursor A common way of reading blogs is to suscribe to their RSS feeds, so you read all new content via your chosen RSS Aggregator (eg Google Reader) rather than having to visit each of your favourite blogs in turn to check for new posts.

But wouldn’t it be better still if blog-readers could subscribe to (i.e. follow) a Twitter account, associated with each blog, that will tweet each time there is a new post to read on that blog and provide a link to it? People are increasingly living in Twitter, so your Twitter stream is a good place to get alerts about new blog-posts.

This is actually pretty easy to set up, at least if you only follow a few blogs. You need to create a Twitter account for each blog you want to follow, to act as a conduit. There is an example here. bbcnickrobinson is not Nick Robinson’s Twitter account. It was actually created by ChannelFlip‘s Wil Harris for his own use. Wil used a web application called twitterfeed to connect the RSS feed from Nick Robinson’s blog on the BBC website to bbcnickrobinson. Then, every time Nick Robinson puts up a new post on his BBC blog, it appears in the associated RSS feed, gets picked up by twitterfeed and is regurgitated as a tweet on bbcnickrobinson. Wil follows bbcnickrobinson (from his own proper Twitter account) so sees the tweet in his Twitter stream, and can follow a link from there to read Nick’s new blogpost.

Anyone can use this arrangement to follow any number of blogs via Twitter, but it gets impractical to create lots of these conduit Twitter accounts and connect them all up via twitterfeed. For one thing you will run out of email addresses. You need a different one for each Twitter account you set up.

Far better if each blogger creates a conduit Twitter account themselves, and connects it to their blog via twitterfeed, for all their readers to follow.

I have done this with my two main blogs. The Twitter account for this blog is here. The account for my photography blog, exposures, is here.

If you’re a blogger, give this idea a go. And no, I don’t work for or have shares in twitterfeed.

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  2. I do not believe I have seen this depicted in such a way before. You really have cleared this up for me. Thanks!

  3. I have set up at twitter account by request of a blog reader, but I can’t figure out how to make the tweeter conduit you are talking about. I know nothing about twitter.
    Any suggestions?

    • Donna, the “conduit” account is just a regular Twitter account that you set up just as if you were going to use it for posting manual “tweets” about what you had for breakfast or anything else.

      What makes it a “conduit” is how you use it. The idea is that whenever you post a blog article, a tweet announcing it gets created automatically in that Twitter account, so anyone who wants to be alerted about your blogposts just needs to subscribe to (i.e. “follow”) that Twitter account and they’ll see the automatic tweet which contains a link to your blogpost.

      The missing piece is how to arrange that a tweet gets generated every time you post to your blog. That’s where Twitterfeed comes in. You need to set up an account on Twitterfeed’s website and follow the instructions on there to create a connection between your blog and the Twitter account you set up. Twitterfeed takes care of all the rest. Basically, it will watch for new blog posts at regular intervals and create a tweet for you whenever it finds a new one during one of its routine checks.

  4. Hi,

    I wish to publish (twit) my post to Orkut/Facebook/Linkedin (already happening via an Linkedin Application)/Twitter/etc.

    How could I do that?


    • I only know how to publish to Twitter – and that’s because I came across twitterfeed.com which uses the twitter API to publish content directly.

      No idea about the others I’m afraid, except that I think you can set up tweets to echo on Facebook so you might be able to connect it up that way.

    • You can tweet your posts to Facebook via Twitterfeed.com also.

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