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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Feeding Your Blog into Facebook and Twitter


My blog feeds directly into Facebook and Twitter. When I write a blog post, it automatically shows up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds. How did I do this? Follow these simple instructions.

 *This post was updated on January 20, 2013 with new directions.

Facebook:
1)Create a Facebook page. 
  • While logged out of Facebook, scroll to the very bottom of the page. You will see CREATE A PAGE. Click that.
  • I chose COMPANY, ORGANIZATION, OR INSTITUTION.
  • Under category, select EDUCATION for educational blogs.
  • The company name will be the name of your blog.
  • Agree to the terms, and click GET STARTED.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions. If you have a personal Facebook account, you will use that. Otherwise, you will need to create a personal account.
  • Continue following the onscreen instructions for setting up your page.
2)Make sure you are logged into Facebook, and enter this into the address bar. http://apps.facebook.com/rssgraffiti/?ref=ts Be sure to authorize the app.


3)Once the app is authorized, you should see this screen. 



4)Click ADD A NEW PUBLISHING PLAN.  Enter the name of your Facebook page, and click CREATE PUBLISHING PLAN.



5)Beside SOURCES, click ADD NEW.  Enter the URL of your blog, and click ADD SOURCE.  You will see the following edit screen.  Choose the options for your posting.  Click SAVE.

6)Beside TARGET, click ADD NEW.

7)Under CHOOSE TARGET, select the Facebook page you created.  Click SAVE CHANGES.

8)Be sure to slide the arrow to ON.

9)You can now begin promoting your Facebook page on your blog. By adding this code, you will be able to create a FIND US ON FACEBOOK gadget like you see on the left side of my page. Be sure to change the highlighted section to the URL of your Facebook page.
<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
  if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}
  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1";
  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>

<div class="fb-like-box" data-href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teaching-My-Calling/260520777320839" data-width="292" data-show-faces="true" data-stream="false" data-header="true"></div>

Twitter:
1)Sign up for a Twitter account. You will put in your blog name later, so use your real name here. If you already have a Twitter account, you will have to use a different email address. Click SIGN UP.
2)Change your username to your blog name. You are limited to 15 characters, so you may have to get creative. Click CREATE MY ACCOUNT. You will need to confirm your account before making any changes.
3)Go to the website http://twitterfeed.com/.
4)Sign up for an account.
5)Fill in the FEED NAME (blog name) and Blog URL. You do not have to change anything else on that screen.
6)Under step 2, click TWITTER. Make sure you are logged into your Twitter account.
7)Click the AUTHENTICATE TWITTER button. You will see your Twitter handle once it is authenticated.
8)Click ALL DONE. If everything is right, you will see CONGRATULATIONS. Your blog posts will now automatically feed into your Twitter.
9)You can now begin promoting your Twitter profile on your blog. By adding this code as a gadget, you can create a FIND US ON TWITTER button. Be sure to change the highlighted section to your Twitter URL and Twitter name.
<a href="http://www.twitter.com/TeachingCalling"><img src="http://twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com/follow_me-a.png" alt="Follow TeachingCalling on Twitter"/></a>


I hope this helps! Be sure to leave your Facebook page and Twitter profiles as a comment, so I can follow you. I would appreciate you following me, too!
~Cara
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18 comments:

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

Perfect timing- I've been adding stuff and gadgets all day to my blog. Now if I could just get those stupid tabs to center. LOL Thanks for the info. Your blog is great.
✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten ca-scrappin@comcast.net

Elizabeth said...

Yay! That's what I love about you :)
Thanks for posting this so soon after I asked {no begged} for help!

Elizabeth

Fun in Room 4B

Kaylees Education Studio said...

Thanks I've been doing it manually for weeks. This will be a big help.

Elizabeth said...

Cause you are so awesome:
I've just awarded you something on my blog. Come on over to check it out.

Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Mechele said...

OMG! This is a great post! Thank you so much for posting this information!
Barrow's Hodgepodge

Pamela Fulk said...

Thank you for this post! You are my technological hero. Can you tell me how to add a custom signature to my posts?

Pamela
pfulk@cox.net

❋Karen❋ said...

Thanks so much for this info! I love your blog, it is so helpful to those of us that are techno-challenged!
Farming the First Grade Crop

Beth Ann said...

Thanks so much! This will save me some serious time!
❀Beth Ann❀
Taming My Flock of Firsties
bakteach16@gmail.com

Shirley said...

Hi I followed your great advice and now have lots of parents accessing my school blog via their facebook newsfeed. The only thing is that I don't like the look of the Facebook 'like' icon on the school blog as it shows the profile pic of the members. Do you know if there is another widget/ icon I could use that allows people to follow us on Facebook but that doesn't show their pictures? Thanks

Cara Whitehead said...

Shirley, you can always find a Facebook icon from Google Images, etc. Then, you can use that in a picture gadget and attach your Facebook link to it. I hope this helps.

Cara

Sam said...

I LOVE your blog!!

~Sam
smiddendorf21@gmail.com

Sara S. said...

Thanks so much! I just created my Facebook page and Twitter account - hopefully I did it right!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Dana Lester said...

I blogged good things about you today! Check it out at http://funin1stgrade.blogspot.com/2012/05/im-sucker-for-linky-party-word-wall.html

:) Dana
Fun in 1st Grade

Dana Lester said...

Phewww, I did it! Thanks for your directions!
:) Dana
Fun in 1st Grade
Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/FunIn1stGrade

Sara said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I did it!
Sara
Polka Dot Kinders

Cemendtaur said...

Excellent information! Thanks a lot!

Mrs. Gloudemans said...

I have been trying this many, many times. I have google searched and searched. I found a couple things and none of them were easy. I finally found this blog and made it one of the easiest things I have ever done. THANK YOU!

Jay Rosen said...

Thank you! That was very helpful.