Problem:

My head of school wants to know if it’s possible to have Twitter feeds from two different accounts send updates to a Facebook page and if so how this can be accomplished. If this isn’t possible, is there a quick and easy way for him to switch the feeds from different accounts off and on?

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Each Twitter account has what is called an RSS feed. This feed can be re-routed easily and multiple feeds posted to Facebook. Here’s how you can do it:

Let’s say you have 3 Twitter feeds, maybe one for your superintendent/principal, technology director, and/or Communications Director. To accomplish that, you will follow these steps:

1) Create the multiple twitter accounts. For purposes of this example, let’s say they are:

@superintendent
@principal
@commdir

2) Create a dlvr.it or ifttt.com account. These services will allow you to re-direct your content from multiple Twitter accounts to your Facebook account. You will need to know the RSS feed address for your Twitter account, which happens to be as follows:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/mguhlin.rss

In the example above, mguhlin is my Twitter username. For the example Twitter accounts, it might look like this:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/superintendent.rss
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/principal.rss
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/commdir.rss

Each of these addresses would, theoretically, generate an RSS feed that can funneled through the dlvr.it or ifttt.com account.

For example, in the case of dlvr.it, it would look something like this:

What’s neat about this approach is that you can easily blend in multiple RSS feeds–say, maybe pull in twitter accounts for all teachers at your school and run them through ONE instructionally-focused Twitter or Facebook account for your school–to form ONE RSS feed for content. Using these simple techniques, you could also deliver content in a variety of ways to blogs, wikis, etc.

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Here’s are two possible approaches; the first one is mine, the second is Scott Floyd’s. What approach would you take?

Approach #1

1) Every Twitter account has an RSS feed. Here is an example of two, where “mguhlin” and “woscholar” are twitter usernames:
You can get more detailed results by customizing your search.twitter.com query.
2) You can “feed” the RSS feeds for each Twitter account through a third party provider RSS remixer–such as RSSMix.com, which is free. Here’s the RSS feed created from the two above using RSSMix.com:
3) Take the RSS Feed provided by RSSMix.com and feed into Ping.FM as a CUSTOM URL
4) When you setup Ping.FM, set it up to to post to Facebook.
Anytime you tweet something from the Twitter accounts you are responsible for, the information will be shared by Ping.FM to Facebook. The benefit is that your user only has to tweet once and you can aggregate multiple twitter accounts into one feed that is shared via Facebook.

Hoping that is helpful and not too confusing,
Miguel Guhlin

Approach #2


Scott Floyd’s approach:

I bet you can do that in Tweetdeck. You can assign each Twitter account a Facebook account to update concurrently. Tweetdeck also allows you to post to more than one Twitter account at a time. I do not use Facebook (oh the horror!), so I have not tested it. In theory, it should work just fine since each Twitter account would not care which Facebook account you are publishing to. 

What would you do?


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