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Automate putting blog content onto social networking sites


How to get your blog content onto Twitter, Facebook, and Friendfeed using free services.

I had been using the excellent and free Twitterfeed to autopost to Twitter but just switched to WP to Twitter, a WordPress plugin. Here’s why. Twitterfeed reads the Polizeros RSS feed and takes about first 120 characters of new posts, adds a tiny URL, then posts it on Twitter. This often results in truncated posts that break in the middle of a sentence because everything has to fit into 140 characters. Sometimes the meaning isn’t clear, and plus it looks autoposted. With WP to Twitter, when I create the post for Polizeros, I tell it exactly what to post to Twitter. While this may take a little extra time, the result is that Twitter posts now are full sentences with no truncation and thus are much more understandable. I can also tell it not to post to Twitter, which can be handy.

Once a post is on a social networking site, you can configure other such sites to autopost from it. For example, I have Friendfeed configured to autopost from Twitter. (In fact, they both autopost from each other, and don’t duplicate content either.) One important thing. If I post to Friendfeed first, the link that the autpost to Twitter has will be the Friendfeed link, not original link to here. However, if I post to Twitter first, the Friendfeed autopost link will be Polizeros link. This is what you want. So post to Twitter first.

I also have Facebook configured so status messages (and nothing else) get posted to Friendfeed, then Twitter.

You can also use Posterous to post wherever you want via email. If I take a photo on my iPhone, then email it to, it gets posted onto Posterous and also Facebook. It will repost to multitude of services.

TweetLater allows you to publish to Twitter in the future, say one post a day for two weeks, that sort of thing.

BTW, Google Profile is a great place to list all your sites as a reference for others. Here’s mine.

Search engine wars heat up

Battle lines are drawn for the war of web search dominance
Facebook buys Friendfeed. Their real target is Google, not Twitter.

Twitter vs. Facebook: Who will win in real-time search?

Comparison of their search engine features.

Because it’s all about search. Real-time search. Google doesn’t have that yet. Facebook now has 300 million users and is the 4th largest website on the planet.

My guess. Someone big, like Microsoft or Google will buy Twitter. Or attempt to.

Uber-geek Robert Scoble on Facebook buying FriendFeed


This is Facebook firing a shot at Google, not at Twitter. Twitter is mere collateral damage but Facebook knows the real money in real time is in search. FriendFeed has real time search. Google does not (although it’s bootstrapping there very fast, some of my FriendFeed items are showing up in Google within seconds now). Facebook has 300 million users. FriendFeed and Twitter do not. Google has Wave coming, along with some other things this fall and that forced a shotgun marriage between FriendFeed and Facebook.

Another major reason they bought it was because of the brilliant, innovative FriendFeed R&D department. They want to use them to develop features for Facebook too.

I’m happy to see FriendFeed get a major lease on life. It allows you to aggregate blog posts, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon, whatever, into one place. Plus – and this is a very big plus -, it has robust commenting and lots more too.

I’m Polizeros on FriendFeed.

Should I quit blogging, asks Problogger


Problogger responds to the “Is blogging dead” meme that Steve Rubel and others have been posting about.

I get the sense from a lot of bloggers that they feel that they’re being left behind – that all this new stuff that is emerging is beyond them – that it’s hopeless to keep on blogging. My message to you if you’re feeling this way is to keep at it. Even as a full time blogger/web entrepreneur I don’t have time to fully engage with all of the new technologies that are currently emerging. I too feel some of those ‘overwhelming’ feelings.

No one is saying blogging is dead, except maybe metaphorically. But social networking and lifestreams are indeed encroaching fast on the turf blogs thought was theirs alone – quick, immediate response from citizen journalists, unfiltered by mainstream media.

Whenever there is fast-breaking, important news, you can almost always get the latest, most current updates from Twitter, Friendfeed, or Facebook. Why? Because it’s being posted via cell phones from people who are there. There’s no time lag. This is absolutely blindsiding some bloggers and traditional websites.

But it doesn’t need to be ‘overwhelming.’ Any reasonably tech savvy person can figure out the basics of using, say, their blog as a home base, auto re-posting their content to social networking sites, then using those sites to build more readership by genuinely getting involved with them. That’s the key. Don’t just repost. Participate actively in the social networking sites too. It’s fun, you’ll make new friends, find new ideas, and get your thoughts out to a wider audience.

Build a Brand – the mediums are tools. They’ll come and go in time – the key is to build something that lasts beyond them.

True. But what platforms you use are important. The Internet waits for no one. Not even bloggers.