Sending Twitter messages using the RSS feeds

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Using Twitterfeed to share E-notebook updates on Twitter

You can use the Twitterfeed website to publish updates that are made to a E-notebook on Twitter. The Twitterfeed website takes the RSS feeds from a E-notebook and tweets any updates it detects. Twitterfeed can use multiple different RSS feeds and you can configure how often the feed is checked for updates, and what content is included in the tweet update.

To use Twitterfeed you must create or have an account that can log into Twitterfeed, a Twitter account, and the RSS feed or feeds that you want to share using Twitter.

Logging into Twitterfeed

You can use an OpenID account or you can create a new account to log into Twitterfeed.

To log into Twitterfeed with an existing OpenID account:

  1. On the Twitterfeed home page ( http://twitterfeed.com/ ), click Sign in with OpenID.
  2. Select your OpenID service provider.
  3. Sign into your OpenID account using your username and password, and follow the onscreen instructions.

To create a new account on Twitterfeed:

  1. On the Twitterfeed home page ( http://twitterfeed.com/ ), click Don't have an account yet.
  2. Enter your details in the Sign Up Form. You will need to complete a CAPTCHA security field as part of the Sign Up process.
  3. Click Create Account.

Creating a new feed

To create a new feed on Twitterfeed you need to decide on a name for the feed and ake a copy of the RSS feed URL from the Trove. You can use your own subscription feed, an individual blog's feed, or you can use the feed from the whole Trove as the source RSS feed.

NOTE: If the RSS feed includes a blog that is not publicly visible any update made to the blog will be shared via Twitter using the RSS feed. If you try to use the RSS feed from a E-notebook that is not publicly accessible, Twitterfeed will truncate the URL. The result is the feed you send to twitter is for the Trove. For example, if the the RSS feed URL for your blog is http://blogs.chem.soton.ac.uk/feeds/your_blog, Twitterfeed will truncate the URL to http://blogs.chem.soton.ac.uk/feeds/.

To get the RSS feed URL for your subscriptions:

  1. Go to the Trove home page, and click RSS Feed or With Comments in the Your Subscriptions section. Your browser may also have an RSS Feeds button on the toolbar. Clicking this button should show you the available RSS feeds on the page.
  2. Copy the URL from the address bar in your browser
  3. Add the http:// at the beginning if it is missing from the URL

If your browser has an RSS Feeds button you can open the RSS feed for your E-notebook by viewing your E-notebook and clicking on the RSS button. If your browser does not have this button, you can construct the URL manually. The structure of the URL for an RSS feed for a particular E-notebook is:

 http://LabTrove_URL/feeds/{{Blog}}

For example:

 feed://blogs.chem.soton.ac.uk/feeds/ceryslog

If your browser has an RSS Feeds button you can open the RSS feed for your Trove by viewing the Trove home page and clicking on the RSS button. If your browser does not have this button, you can construct the URL manually. The structure of the URL for an RSS feed for a Trove is:

 http://LabTrove_URL/feeds

For example:

 http://blogs.chem.soton.ac.uk/feeds/

When you have logged into Twitterfeed for the first time you are taken to the Create New Feed screen. If you have used Twitterfeed before you can get to this screen by clicking Create New Feed on the Twitterfeed Dashboard. To create the new feed:

  1. Enter a meaningful name for the feed in the Feed Name field.
  2. Paste or type the RSS Feed URL into the Blog URL or RSS Feed URL field.
  3. Click test rss feed to check the location of the link and structure of the feed. If the link is correct, a message Feed parsed OK is displayed.
  4. Click Continue to Step 2 to create the new Feed.

The next step is to create the connections to Twitter or another publishing service. If you have already authenticated a Twitter service on Twitterfeed you can click Create Service to finish.

Configuring Publish Services

To configure Twitter to publish the feed:

  1. Click Authenticate Twitter.
  2. Enter your Twitter username and password.
  3. Click Authorize app. Twitterfeed adds your Twitter information to your account.
  4. Click Create Service
  5. (Optional) Configure other Publishing services as required.
  6. Click All done to finish the configuration and view the details of the feed.
  7. Click Dashboard to see the details of your Feeds.

By default Twitterfeed checks the RSS feed URL for updates. You can configure the settings for how often it checks for updates and other do dads.

Configuring Advanced Settings

You can configure the following settings for each feed:

  • How often Twitterfeed looks for new Posts
  • What is included in the Twitter or other publishing service updates
  • Add a standard prefix or suffix in the tweets
  • Add a Keyword filter to only send updates for Posts that contain or do not contain specified keywords.

To configure advanced settings for the updates sent to Twitter:

  1. In the Twitterfeed Feed Dashboard, click edit next to the feed you want to configure.
  2. On the Step 1: Create Feed page
  3. Click Advanced Settings to expand the Advanced Settings section.
  4. (Optional) Choose how often you want Twitterfeed to look for new posts and select the appropriate time period from the Check for new posts list in the Update Frequency section.
  5. (Optional) Select the maximum number of updates that you want Twitterfeed to send each time it looks for new posts from the And post up to list n the Update Frequency section.
  6. (Optional) Choose whether to include the title and description of the Posts in the update sent to Twitter by selecting from the options in the Include list in the Post Content section.
  7. (Optional) If you want to include a link to the Post in the updates, ensure that Post link is selected in the Post Content section. If you include a link to the post you can choose the service that provides a shorten link address from the Shorten link through list. The default service is bit.ly. Some services have settings that you can or must configure.
  8. (Optional) To add standard text to the Twitter posts add the text in the Post Prefix, Post Suffix or both.
  9. (Optional) If you only want some of the updates to your Posts to be published on Twitter use filter keywords:
    1. Select Filter your posts by using keywords to auto-approve new posts.
    2. Enter the words that a post will contain when you want to publish it in the text box. If you want to exclude a posts that contain particular words, prefix that word with --. For example, if you use --experiment as a keyword, only Posts that do not contain the word experiment will be included in an update to Twitter. You must separate individual keywords using a space.
  10. To save your settings, click Continue to Step 2 at the bottom of the screen.

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