Given my vocation, it should be clear I’m not a visual thinker. But when it comes to explaining how to share your latest blog post automatically on more than 30 social networks and microblogs, an illustration is better suited (my penmanship notwithstanding).
Website flowchart: From new blog post to twitterfeed to ping.fm to social networks and microblogs to readers
What you need to do upfront
- Have a blog with an RSS feed. Most blogging platforms automatically generate RSS feeds—think of them as the town criers of the digital age, telling potential readers that you have new content. (For a more sophisticated explanation, read Don’t visit this website: Subscribe to this blog via RSS feed or e-mail.)
- Sign up for a free account on Ping.fm (three minutes). (For more information about Ping.fm, read my post about it.)
- Link your existing social network profiles (such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn) and microblog accounts (such as Twitter) to Ping.fm. (The time required for this step depends on how many accounts you have, how many you wish to create, and how much detail you want to add to your profile. What I did? Over the course of a week I revised my Facebook status to make sure I was happy with it. Then I signed up for an account with every social networking and microblog site that Ping.fm can update, using my Facebook profile as the basis for my profiles. That process took three hours. It probably would have sufficed just to sign up for the more popular ones though.)
- Sign up for a free account on twitterfeed (three minutes).
- Configure your new twitterfeed account to post your blog updates to your new ping.fm account (five minutes).
How the process works
Now that you’re all set up, here’s how the flow works (all you need to do is step 1):
- Publish an update on your blog.
- Your RSS feed will tell twitterfeed that your website has a new post.
- Twitterfeed will pass along the subject of the post and a link to it to Ping.fm
- Like the nasty gossip that it is, Ping.fm will share your new post with your contacts on your social network and microblog accounts.
- You can connect multiple websites to twitterfeed. I have it set up for this website and my budget travel articles for Examiner.com.
- The process is not instantaneous; if you want to rush your new blog post out to the waiting masses, manually post it to Ping.fm.
- Sometimes Ping.fm’s connections with social network and microblog accounts breaks.
- Ping.fm regularly adds new social networs and microblogs to its service, so check back to see if there are any worth signing up for (I do so monthly).
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