Shhh…Don’t Tell. You Can Still Post Your Tweets to Other Platforms

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Sean Nicholson Director of Social Media, SocMedSean.com

Posted on October 8th 2012

Shhh…Don’t Tell. You Can Still Post Your Tweets to Other Platforms
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Shhh…. photo courtesy of Sarah G on Flickr via Creative Commons license.

Recently, Twitter has been behaving pretty anti-socially with their data. For a company that is engaged in the business of social media (which means sharing things), they recently restricted how developers can use their API. Needless to say, a lot of people are pretty miffed about this behavior from one of the big social media companies.

The impact of cutting off access, means that a platform like LinkedIn is no longer able to allow their users to bring their tweets into their LinkedIn profiles via automated methods. Additionally, IFTTT, a platform specifically designed to make it easier to move data from one social media channel to another, has been forced to delete all methods of reposting tweets to other channels using their services using the Twitter API.

But fear not fellow social sharers! All is not lost quite yet…Twitter has left one final method of capturing your tweets and posting them to other channels and since I know that you all like tips and secrets, I’m willing to share the secret.  icon smile Shhh...Dont Tell. You Can Still Post Your Tweets To Other Platforms

Frustrated that I couldn’t display my tweets in my LinkedIn stream, and fueled by my desire to find workarounds, I hunted for a way to do this. What I found was that I can still leverage IFTTT and the Twitter RSS feeds, to do what I wanted. I simply created the RSS search query that I wanted to feed into LinkedIn and then used the “RSS to LinkedIn” service on IFTT and presto-change-o….my tweets are once again being posted to LinkedIn.ifttt if rss then linkedin 300x69 Shhh...Dont Tell. You Can Still Post Your Tweets To Other Platforms

Okay…here are the details. Start with getting your RSS feed. Twitter still provides access to their RSS feeds via the following URL:

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom

Twitter allows you to customize your search queries by adding certain parameters. Check out this great post on Sociable.co to learn about the Twitter RSS parameters. Basically, by customizing the RSS search, the following RSS search gives me all of my tweets:

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from%3Asocmedsean
(the %3A is the URL encoded representation of the @ symbol)

and I can further refine that RSS search to only show those tweets that include “http”…which means that the search would return all of my tweets that also included links

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=http%20from%3Asocmedsean
(the %20 is the URL encoded representation of a space)

and finally, I could further refine the search so that it didn’t include retweets by simply telling the search to exclude any tweets with “RT” in them.

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=http%20-RT%20from%3Asocmedsean

NOTE: The order in which I put the parameters is very important. The from has to come last or it didn’t work properly and the %20s are critical. If your feed isn’t working, check that it is similar to mine above.

Then, I headed over to IFTTT and created a recipe that shares posts from an RSS feed to LinkedIn. My recipe basically asked IFTTT to monitor the RSS feed and each time a new entry was added, post it to my LinkedIn profile as a hyperlink.

Basically, my recipe looks like the image below:

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So there you have it. Using this method, each time I tweet with a hyperlink and it’s not a RT of someone else, my tweet is also posted to my LinkedIn account.

Honestly, I don’t know how long Twitter will keep this loophole open. I can’t imagine them completely doing away with RSS feeds and I’m technically not calling their API so there isn’t anything black hat going on here. I’m just using the tools that Twitter, IFTTT and LinkedIn are providing to accomplish a sharing of data across platforms.

BTW…I also use nearly this same methodology to back up my tweets to a Google Drive spreadsheet and post my tweets to Google+ (which is a little more complicated).  I can imagine that if you wanted to post your tweets to Tumblr, which I know a lot of people used to do, this method would work, as well.

Hope this helps you accomplish your social sharing goals and I’d love to hear how you use the methodology above in new and unique ways! Feel free to leave a comment and tell me how you used it.

Cheers!

–Sean



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Sean Nicholson

Director of Social Media, SocMedSean.com

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Comments

Sean, I really appreciate your pointing out how to use the Twitter api. I think, however, that it is far more elegant to use Google Reader [now that rss feeds have returned to Google Reader] to post to Twitter via dlvr.it which does not seem to have the same problem as ifttt.com and bypass all the LinkedIn monkey business...

Interesting tip, Todd! I'll have to check that out as an alternative. I know a lot of folks are also using Buffer to cross-post to multiple channels.


Cheers!

--Sean

Thanks for responding, Sean. I still use Buffer. Love it. It's ifttt + Twitter that has problems. That has me looking at dlvr.it again. One of my maxims is that I try to never use two tools where one will do, therefore, a workflow of Google Reader>dlvr.it>Twitter is more efficient than Google Reader>ifttt>Buffer>Twitter. The less 'moving parts', the less that can go wrong... :-D

By the way, I'm doing a screencast on Getting Things Done [GTD] and Google Reader today. Can you use the Twitter api to track a list? Please dm me at e1evation with the formula if you could...