Automatically Send Twitter To Facebook Fan Pages

This articles describes a process that is still being tested – leave comments about your experience with it.

*** UPDATE 2/10/2010 ***

RSS Graffiti just updated their Facebook application so that you can customize the Twitter RSS feed directly from the RSS Graffiti app.  This is a powerful update because you no longer need to deal with Yahoo Pipes to customize your Twitter RSS feed – RSS Graffiti now has the options that you need like stripping the Twitter username from the front of the Twitter updates, including or excluding retweets and @ replies.

Here’s a video I put together showing you how to automatically send your Twitter updates to your Facebook Fan Page using RSS Graffiti – and it works like a charm:

Click here to watch a screencast video, or watch the YouTube version below:

I’ve written a couple of articles before on how to automatically send Twitter updates to Facebook Fan Pages here, here, and here.   These previous ways used TwitterFeed.com, Ping.fm, and your Notes.  But with Ping.fm, people are finding the process long, cumbersome and confusing.  With TwitterFeed.com, the tweets hitting the Fan Page aren’t triggering Facebook’s new “via” share function – the retweet on Facebook.  And having the “share” link appear on your Facebook Fan Page updates is very important for viral marketing purposes.

Some other things that have been problems up to this point has been:

a. The tweets hitting your Facebook Fan Page has your Twitter profile username showing before the tweet update – and that’s annoying to have.

b. With TwitterFeed.com, unless you know how to properly set your feed settings, you’ll get a double posting of your tweet – it will post both as a title and as a description – and that just looks terrible on your Facebook Fan Page.

But most importantly now, more than anything else is that Facebook now has a “share” link showing on any updates that have links in them.  This is Facebook’s equivalent of Twitter’s retweet function.  But with TwitterFeed.com just will not generate that “share” link in Facebook – and I’ve tried everything I can think of to make it happen.

And Facebook’s “share” (or retweet) function is important because people can now reshare your updates, and your Fan Page will benefit with excellent viral marketing exposure.

So I think I’ve found the best solution for automatically sending your Twitter updates to your Facebook Fan Pages!

The solution I will explain below will remove your username from the beginning of your tweets, it will eliminate any double postings of your tweets, it removes any @ replies in your Twitter stream, and… if your tweet has a URL or a shortened URL (or link such as a photo, video, etc…) it will trigger the “share” link in Facebook so that people can reshare (retweet) your updates! And the more people that reshare your Facebook Fan Page updates, the more viral marketing and exposure your Facebook Fan Page receives!

Here’s How To Automatically Send Twitter to Your Facebook Fan Page

Before we do anything, you need to grab your Twitter’s RSS feed:

To get your Twitter RSS Feed, go to your Twitter Profile page.

If you are using Firefox, then in the URL area there is an orange RSS icon.  Click on it. Drop down box will reveal two options.   Select ‘Subscribe to “my Tweets”…

You will then see the link:  http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/###########

Click on it to open in it’s on page. Copy URL from your address bar.

If you aren’t using Firefox, then click on your “Profile” link (upper right hand corner of Twitter page) > then scroll down and look just below the group of images of people you are following > click the link that says “RSS Feed of ……..”  Then just copy the URL of the page that opens (which is your Twitter’s RSS feed).

Next stop…. Yahoo Pipes

Now save your Twitter’s RSS feed either in a new tab, window, or somewhere where you can get it – because you are going to need to paste your Twitter’s RSS feed in the following steps.

Now, we need to take your Twitter RSS feed and reconfigure it so that it now longer has the username posting at the beginning of each update, and so that the feed doesn’t double post your tweet in your Facebook Fan Page.

Click this link here >> (opens new window)

This link will take you to Yahoo Pipes – an RSS feed configuration tool.

The steps you need to take will require you to create a free Yahoo account. It’s fast, simple, and free to create – and believe, it will be worth it once your Twitter feed looks clean and great!

Once you’ve created your free Yahoo account, go ahead and click the Yahoo Pipe link above, or just click here.

If you’re logged into your Yahoo account, and you’ve clicked the Yahoo Pipe link above, follow these steps to generate a new, clean Twitter RSS feed that you’ll use to auto feed your Facebook Fan Page:

1) Click on “Clone”

2) Click “edit source”

3) Put your Twitter RSS feed in the URL box

4) Put your Twitter username in place of mine “bulldogvoices” in the [item.title] line

5) Make sure you have the : (colon) symbol after your username

6) Click “Pipe Output” and you should see a sampling of your Twitter feed below

7) Click “Save A Copy”

8) Now find the text link at the top of the screen that says “Run Pipe” and click that

9) Once your pipe runs, click “Get as RSS”

**SIDE NOTE**  >>  If you WANT to include retweets and @ replies in your RSS feed then alter the Yahoo Pipe by doing this:

Remove the following attribute from the Yahoo Pipe settings:

“Filter” > item:.y:title > contains > @

Hit the minus sign (the one with the circle around it) that’s to the left of that line attribute to delete that line entirely.

That particular line attribute, because it has the “@” in it, actually filters out any updates with the “@” in it – so as to prevent the retweets from posting in the feed.

If you want the retweets TO SHOW IN YOUR FEED, then just delete that line attribute as I just described, and your feed will now be posting retweets.

Continuing on…

You will now be looking at the new RSS feed of your Twitter updates that no longer shows your username at the beginning of tweets, and duplicates and @ replies are removed.  So copy and save your new Twitter RSS feed so that it’s handy.

Moving on….  (stay with me, trust me – it’s worth it!)

Next, we are going to add the RSS Graffiti App to your personal Facebook profile.  So make sure you are logged into your Facebook account, and click the link above of copy / paste this URL into your address bar:

http://www.facebook.com/SocialSEO#/apps/application.php?id=45439413586&ref=appd

When RSS Graffit app opens, click the link called “Add to my page” that’s right underneath their profile picture.

This will open a new window with a list of your Facebook Fan Pages that you admin > go ahead and find your desired Facebook Fan Page and click “Add To Page” button to the right.

You will then be taken to the dashboard of RSS Graffiti.  You need to go through the process of adding RSS Graffiti to your personal Facebook profile because that’s how they can tell what Facebook Fan Pages you admin.

So go through the process of adding RSS Graffiti application to your Facebook profile – it’s going to be several steps of adding and accepting different links > it’s pretty easy to get through!

Once you’re finished adding the RSS Graffiti application, you should now see a list of all the Facebook Fan Pages you admin on the left hand side of RSS Graffit.

Go ahead and select your desired Facebook Fan Page – the one you want your Twitter profile to auto update with tweets.

Click “Add Feed

Now take the your new and improved Twitter RSS feed – the one you created in Yahoo Pipes – and paste that into the Feed URL box.

Once you’ve pasted in your new Twitter RSS feed, you can go ahead and click the link called “Click here to generate a preview” > this will generate a preview of what your tweets will look like in your Facebook Fan Page.

In the “Feed Name” box, go ahead and give your feed a custom name – like your Twitter profile name or something short and sweet.

Under “Style” click the center option called “Compact” – this is the optimal settings for sending your tweets to your Facebook Fan Page.  If you select “Standard” you’ll get a double posting of your tweets – and if you select “Status updates” you won’t generate the critical “Share” link that Facebook now provides.

So make sure you select “Compact”!

Now click “Save” – and you’re all set to start sending your Twitter updates automatically to your Facebook Fan Page.  Any new tweets you create after you save will show up in your Facebook Fan Page.

The updates to your Facebook Fan Page do not happen instantly – I think RSS Graffiti scans feeds on the standard every 20 – 30 minutes and posts anything that’s new.

HERE IT IS IN ACTION

Below is a Twitter profile I own along with it’s associated Facebook Fan Page.  Everything tweet I update in Twitter is posting to my Facebook Fan Page – and as you can see, my username is not showing at the beginning of the feed, there is no duplicate postings of the tweet, and for the tweets that have links (URL’s, shortened URL’s, or other links like videos, photos, etc…) you can see Facebook’s new “share” link is available – so people click the “share” link and reshare (or retweet) that update, which like I said brings a lot of viral marketing to your Facebook Fan Page.

Here’s my Twitter profile >> http://twitter.com/bulldogvoices

Here’s my Facebook Fan Page >> http://www.facebook.com/SocialSEO#/pages/Georgia-Bulldogs-Social-Network/43712379994

Any Questions:

As always, if you have any questions, comments, etc… feel free to contact me anytime!

  • It worked fine posting this to my wall –
    but it didn't update my status of the fan page. did i miss one setting?
    Other than that: GREAT feature
    tnx

    • Hi Ferdi – yes, you need to go back to RSS Graffiti and you should see, along the left hand side, a list of your Facebook Fan Page(s) that you admin. Click on the Facebook Fan Page you desire to update with your tweets and proceed from there.

      Thanks for commenting and let me know if you have any questions!

  • It worked fine posting this to my wall –
    but it didn't update my status of the fan page. did i miss one setting?
    Other than that: GREAT feature
    tnx

    • Hi Ferdi – yes, you need to go back to RSS Graffiti and you should see, along the left hand side, a list of your Facebook Fan Page(s) that you admin. Click on the Facebook Fan Page you desire to update with your tweets and proceed from there.

      Thanks for commenting and let me know if you have any questions!

  • Raj

    Nice Trick, I did not even know the probs that could occur through twitterfeed while posting at facebook. I am glad I read this article. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Raj… thanks so much for visiting and commenting! let me know if you have any questions

  • Raj

    Nice Trick, I did not even know the probs that could occur through twitterfeed while posting at facebook. I am glad I read this article. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Raj… thanks so much for visiting and commenting! let me know if you have any questions

  • KathyZ

    Hey, Robert
    Well, I tried to do the simple version of what you wrote about (that is, without using yahoo pipes because you mentioned there were some issues) and somehow the rss graffiti thing didn't work. However, now that you've updated the article with additional steps, maybe i'll give it one more shot although I can't keep spending hours messing with this. Seems as if there should be a simple, well-supported way to do this without worrying about my personal facebook and coporate fan page stuff getting mixed up or ending up on the corporate twitter id. I also get worried about how fragile some of these solutions are since if i get run over by a bus, who will be able to pick itup and figure out what's going on? Do I worry a lot? Yes.

    • Hi KathyZ – thanks for replying with your comment. I understand… it can be a bit of a cumbersome process. However, I and others can confirm that it does work.

      Here's one key point – the tweets won't post on your Facebook Fan Page instantly once you update Twitter – most feeds are checked once or twice per hour.

      Let me know if you get it working – and if not, what problems you are having. I will help as much as I can!

      Thanks again…

  • KathyZ

    Hey, Robert
    Well, I tried to do the simple version of what you wrote about (that is, without using yahoo pipes because you mentioned there were some issues) and somehow the rss graffiti thing didn't work. However, now that you've updated the article with additional steps, maybe i'll give it one more shot although I can't keep spending hours messing with this. Seems as if there should be a simple, well-supported way to do this without worrying about my personal facebook and coporate fan page stuff getting mixed up or ending up on the corporate twitter id. I also get worried about how fragile some of these solutions are since if i get run over by a bus, who will be able to pick itup and figure out what's going on? Do I worry a lot? Yes.

    • Hi KathyZ – thanks for replying with your comment. I understand… it can be a bit of a cumbersome process. However, I and others can confirm that it does work.

      Here's one key point – the tweets won't post on your Facebook Fan Page instantly once you update Twitter – most feeds are checked once or twice per hour.

      Let me know if you get it working – and if not, what problems you are having. I will help as much as I can!

      Thanks again…

  • Thanks Robert, works a dream. I have been trying to do this for a while now!

    However, I do have one question – I noticed that retweets are not updated. Is there any way to do this through Yahoo Pipes and RSS Graffiti?

    • Hi Josh – thanks for commenting. The Yahoo Pipe was created to eliminate all "@" replies (retweets).

      If you want to show the "@" replies (retweets) in your feed, then try removing the "@" attribute from the filter element.

      There is a minus sign to the left of that attribute – just click it to delete that line.

      Let me know if that works for you! And thanks again…

    • Hi Josh – here's how to get the retweets to be included in the tweet updates.

      In the Yahoo Pipe settings (see the steps above in the article), you will remove the following attribute:

      "Filter" > item:.y:title > contains > @

      Hit the minute sign (the one with the circle around it) that's to the left of that line attribute to delete that line entirely.

      That particular line attribute, because it has the "@" in it, actually filters out any updates with the "@" in it – so as to prevent the retweets from posting in the feed.

      If you want the retweets TO SHOW IN YOUR FEED, then just delete that line attribute as I just described, and your feed will now be posting retweets.

      Hope this helps, and thanks again…

  • Thanks Robert, works a dream. I have been trying to do this for a while now!

    However, I do have one question – I noticed that retweets are not updated. Is there any way to do this through Yahoo Pipes and RSS Graffiti?

    • Hi Josh – thanks for commenting. The Yahoo Pipe was created to eliminate all "@" replies (retweets).

      If you want to show the "@" replies (retweets) in your feed, then try removing the "@" attribute from the filter element.

      There is a minus sign to the left of that attribute – just click it to delete that line.

      Let me know if that works for you! And thanks again…

    • Hi Josh – here's how to get the retweets to be included in the tweet updates.

      In the Yahoo Pipe settings (see the steps above in the article), you will remove the following attribute:

      "Filter" > item:.y:title > contains > @

      Hit the minute sign (the one with the circle around it) that's to the left of that line attribute to delete that line entirely.

      That particular line attribute, because it has the "@" in it, actually filters out any updates with the "@" in it – so as to prevent the retweets from posting in the feed.

      If you want the retweets TO SHOW IN YOUR FEED, then just delete that line attribute as I just described, and your feed will now be posting retweets.

      Hope this helps, and thanks again…

  • Kevin Wilkins

    Robert,
    Smooth instructions. Smooth operation. Got it up and running. Thanks a bunch.
    Much nicer than the TwitterFeed + Ping.fm scenario.
    Concerns:
    Once the Tweets show up on the Facebook Fan Page, I don't mind the "via RSS Graffiti" at all, but the source link back to the new Pipes RSS feed seems unnecessary. Any way around that?
    Also, it'd be nice to eliminate the published date and time redundancy since it's already down there with the RSS Graffiti credit. At the very least it'd be nice to get it out of GMT.
    Great stuff though. Nice to have it running with no repeats and no Twitter user name a the front.
    My humble thanks again.
    Kevin

    • Hi Kevin – thanks for commenting! This is still a process for me figuring out how different platforms interact with the Twitter RSS feeds. I will definitely look into how the feed can be customized to achieve that things you described.

      • Kevin Wilkins

        Robert,
        Twitter posts seem to get to Facebook fan pages quicker in the wee hours than the peak traffic hours. Just an observation. Also … Dear Santa, Hoping someday for an instant connection similar to the Twitter > Facebook Friends connection. P.S. I've been good.

        Request: A quick-and-dirty instructional on how to address Josh's issue with retweets? I and others would be interested.
        Gracias.

        Kevin

        • Hi Kevin – I think that I can just alter the Yahoo Pipes attributes so that the retweets are included in the feed. I will try to tweek that today and I will post the results here – so stay turned… thanks so much for commenting!

        • Hi Kevin – here's how to include the retweets in your feed updates.

          In the Yahoo Pipe settings (see the steps above in the article), you will remove the following attribute:

          "Filter" > item:.y:title > contains > @

          Hit the minute sign (the one with the circle around it) that's to the left of that line attribute to delete that line entirely.

          That particular line attribute, because it has the "@" in it, actually filters out any updates with the "@" in it – so as to prevent the retweets from posting in the feed.

          If you want the retweets TO SHOW IN YOUR FEED, then just delete that line attribute as I just described, and your feed will now be posting retweets.

          Hope this helps, and thanks again…

          • Kevin Wilkins

            Again. Thanks again for going above and beyond on this fix-up.
            Unfortunately, I was unable to make this latest tweak (getting Twitter retweets and @ replies to show up as Facebook Fan posts) without running into some problems … namely, double posts.
            Could be user error, but I ran through it a few times with the same result.
            I've since gone back to the original gangster fix and everything seems to be working fine, just without retweets.
            Any advice?
            Thanks.
            Kev

            • Hi Kevin – thanks for giving your feedback. I'm going to have to play around with the Yahoo Pipe and see if I can get an accurate configuration to include the @ replies and retweets.

              Sorry my friend – it's a work in progress! I appreciate your feedback though and I'll keep you posted.

    • Hi again Kevin – I contacted Graffiti RSS directly about your questions and here's their response – which in turn, is a response to your questions and suggestions:

      From RSS Graffiti regarding Kevin's comments above:

      "We had heard similar views on the subject before. We plan to make these optional at some point. No plans though for that yet.

      To make the case for them, I have to say that that the "Published" date field is not the same as the one Facebook adds at the bottom of the entry. Their difference indicates the time elapsed between the time the entry was created in the source and the time the story was published on your wall. Although these two times usually are very close to each other they indicate two different things. I agree many people would find it as redundant so we plan to make it optional.

      The "via RSS Graffiti" credit, is placed there by Facebook to indicate that this has not been posted by the user in person, but instead, it was created by an application for them. All applications have it apart from the ones created by Facebook itself.

      The source link is there to ensure that credit to the Source of the story is attributed in some way. Otherwise anyone could get anyone's feed and by hiding the source and the links to it, present themselves as the source of other peoples publications. I agree that this does not guarantee that the publisher is not violating the terms of service of Facebook or the rights of someone else but it does ensure for us that the user feels more accountable for their use of the RSS Graffiti and that we are not promoting a tool that is a paradise for people that want to get away with copyright infringement. Nevertheless we are considering of making this field optional too, but some restrictions may apply on the conditions under which this field can be hidden in the future."

      • Kevin Wilkins

        Thanks, everyone.

  • Kevin Wilkins

    Robert,
    Smooth instructions. Smooth operation. Got it up and running. Thanks a bunch.
    Much nicer than the TwitterFeed + Ping.fm scenario.
    Concerns:
    Once the Tweets show up on the Facebook Fan Page, I don't mind the "via RSS Graffiti" at all, but the source link back to the new Pipes RSS feed seems unnecessary. Any way around that?
    Also, it'd be nice to eliminate the published date and time redundancy since it's already down there with the RSS Graffiti credit. At the very least it'd be nice to get it out of GMT.
    Great stuff though. Nice to have it running with no repeats and no Twitter user name a the front.
    My humble thanks again.
    Kevin

    • Hi Kevin – thanks for commenting! This is still a process for me figuring out how different platforms interact with the Twitter RSS feeds. I will definitely look into how the feed can be customized to achieve that things you described.

      • Kevin Wilkins

        Robert,
        Twitter posts seem to get to Facebook fan pages quicker in the wee hours than the peak traffic hours. Just an observation. Also … Dear Santa, Hoping someday for an instant connection similar to the Twitter > Facebook Friends connection. P.S. I've been good.

        Request: A quick-and-dirty instructional on how to address Josh's issue with retweets? I and others would be interested.
        Gracias.

        Kevin

        • Hi Kevin – I think that I can just alter the Yahoo Pipes attributes so that the retweets are included in the feed. I will try to tweek that today and I will post the results here – so stay turned… thanks so much for commenting!

        • Hi Kevin – here's how to include the retweets in your feed updates.

          In the Yahoo Pipe settings (see the steps above in the article), you will remove the following attribute:

          "Filter" > item:.y:title > contains > @

          Hit the minute sign (the one with the circle around it) that's to the left of that line attribute to delete that line entirely.

          That particular line attribute, because it has the "@" in it, actually filters out any updates with the "@" in it – so as to prevent the retweets from posting in the feed.

          If you want the retweets TO SHOW IN YOUR FEED, then just delete that line attribute as I just described, and your feed will now be posting retweets.

          Hope this helps, and thanks again…

          • Kevin Wilkins

            Again. Thanks again for going above and beyond on this fix-up.
            Unfortunately, I was unable to make this latest tweak (getting Twitter retweets and @ replies to show up as Facebook Fan posts) without running into some problems … namely, double posts.
            Could be user error, but I ran through it a few times with the same result.
            I've since gone back to the original gangster fix and everything seems to be working fine, just without retweets.
            Any advice?
            Thanks.
            Kev

            • Hi Kevin – thanks for giving your feedback. I'm going to have to play around with the Yahoo Pipe and see if I can get an accurate configuration to include the @ replies and retweets.

              Sorry my friend – it's a work in progress! I appreciate your feedback though and I'll keep you posted.

    • Hi again Kevin – I contacted Graffiti RSS directly about your questions and here's their response – which in turn, is a response to your questions and suggestions:

      From RSS Graffiti regarding Kevin's comments above:

      "We had heard similar views on the subject before. We plan to make these optional at some point. No plans though for that yet.

      To make the case for them, I have to say that that the "Published" date field is not the same as the one Facebook adds at the bottom of the entry. Their difference indicates the time elapsed between the time the entry was created in the source and the time the story was published on your wall. Although these two times usually are very close to each other they indicate two different things. I agree many people would find it as redundant so we plan to make it optional.

      The "via RSS Graffiti" credit, is placed there by Facebook to indicate that this has not been posted by the user in person, but instead, it was created by an application for them. All applications have it apart from the ones created by Facebook itself.

      The source link is there to ensure that credit to the Source of the story is attributed in some way. Otherwise anyone could get anyone's feed and by hiding the source and the links to it, present themselves as the source of other peoples publications. I agree that this does not guarantee that the publisher is not violating the terms of service of Facebook or the rights of someone else but it does ensure for us that the user feels more accountable for their use of the RSS Graffiti and that we are not promoting a tool that is a paradise for people that want to get away with copyright infringement. Nevertheless we are considering of making this field optional too, but some restrictions may apply on the conditions under which this field can be hidden in the future."

      • Kevin Wilkins

        Thanks, everyone.

  • It took about an hour to post, but it worked! Thanks for doing all the dirty work and sharing the details!

    • Hi Rick – yeah, I was actually reading some content from RSS Graffiti yesterday and they said their servers scan feeds about every 30 – minutes to 1 hour. As Kevin mentioned, the feeds seem to be posting faster during off peak hours – very early morning / late night – while most Americans are asleep.

  • It took about an hour to post, but it worked! Thanks for doing all the dirty work and sharing the details!

    • Hi Rick – yeah, I was actually reading some content from RSS Graffiti yesterday and they said their servers scan feeds about every 30 – minutes to 1 hour. As Kevin mentioned, the feeds seem to be posting faster during off peak hours – very early morning / late night – while most Americans are asleep.

  • Thank you – you are an absolute lifesaver – editing Fan pages really is a nightmare! One thing I noticed is that the urls being tweeted are not showing up. User error?

  • Thank you – you are an absolute lifesaver – editing Fan pages really is a nightmare! One thing I noticed is that the urls being tweeted are not showing up. User error?

  • and also the 'share' option mysteriously disappears on tweets….?

  • and also the 'share' option mysteriously disappears on tweets….?

  • Hi @sallyhems – thanks so much for commenting! No, it is not a user error that the URL to the tweets are not showing up. Since the tweets are being feed to Facebook via the Twitter RSS feed – and that which is being customized via Yahoo Pipes – if you were to have the URL show, it would actually link back to the Yahoo Pipe. This is because, in essence, the content is coming from the Yahoo Pipe RSS generated feed into Facebook – not directly from your Twitter profile itself.

    If you simply took your Twitter profile RSS feed – the one that's available below your Twitter follower box on your profile, and you used that RSS feed in the RSS Graffiti App, then you would get the URL's linking back to your tweets – it would then link to the individual page that specific tweet (not back to your main profile).

    The trade off with that is you'd then have your username showing up at the beginning of each of your tweet updates on your Facebook Fan Page.

    thanks so much again for commenting and visiting – we all appreciate you contributing to this on-going conversation in a quest to find the most efficient ways of sending Twitter updates to Facebook Fan Pages.

  • Hi @sallyhems – thanks so much for commenting! No, it is not a user error that the URL to the tweets are not showing up. Since the tweets are being feed to Facebook via the Twitter RSS feed – and that which is being customized via Yahoo Pipes – if you were to have the URL show, it would actually link back to the Yahoo Pipe. This is because, in essence, the content is coming from the Yahoo Pipe RSS generated feed into Facebook – not directly from your Twitter profile itself.

    If you simply took your Twitter profile RSS feed – the one that's available below your Twitter follower box on your profile, and you used that RSS feed in the RSS Graffiti App, then you would get the URL's linking back to your tweets – it would then link to the individual page that specific tweet (not back to your main profile).

    The trade off with that is you'd then have your username showing up at the beginning of each of your tweet updates on your Facebook Fan Page.

    thanks so much again for commenting and visiting – we all appreciate you contributing to this on-going conversation in a quest to find the most efficient ways of sending Twitter updates to Facebook Fan Pages.

  • Are you saying that on your Facebook Fan Page there is no "share" link showing for the updates that are coming from Twitter?

  • Are you saying that on your Facebook Fan Page there is no "share" link showing for the updates that are coming from Twitter?

  • yes, but only for the tweets generated by RSS Graffiti…

  • yes, but only for the tweets generated by RSS Graffiti…

  • hmmm…. that's weird – the "share" link should be posting unless you've got the settings not set properly. Go back to your RSS Graffiti App > style – let me know what option you've selected under the "Style" settings.

    Also, if you could, can you provide a link to your Facebook Fan Page so I can what the updates are looking like?

    Thanks again..

  • hmmm…. that's weird – the "share" link should be posting unless you've got the settings not set properly. Go back to your RSS Graffiti App > style – let me know what option you've selected under the "Style" settings.

    Also, if you could, can you provide a link to your Facebook Fan Page so I can what the updates are looking like?

    Thanks again..

  • Hi @SocialMedia_SEO, many thanks for the suggestions re: urls – I may revert to that option instead.
    In terms of share link, when I check the settings, they're on 'compact' and when you preview, it shows the share option. but then when I go back to the page, they disappear…?
    Details are at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brabantia/184932911
    thanks again…

    • Hi @sallyhems – I checked you fan page earlier today and didn't see any updates coming from twitter thru the RSS Graffiti app – but now I've checked and I see your twitter updates from thru RSS Graffiti and I also see the "share" link now.

  • Hi @SocialMedia_SEO, many thanks for the suggestions re: urls – I may revert to that option instead.
    In terms of share link, when I check the settings, they're on 'compact' and when you preview, it shows the share option. but then when I go back to the page, they disappear…?
    Details are at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brabantia/184932911
    thanks again…

    • Hi @sallyhems – I checked you fan page earlier today and didn't see any updates coming from twitter thru the RSS Graffiti app – but now I've checked and I see your twitter updates from thru RSS Graffiti and I also see the "share" link now.

  • Denise @ Raw Brides

    Hey – thanks so much for this – what a lifesaver.

    I'm pretty sure I did all the options, but my user name is still showing up twice.when I view a preview – http://www.facebook.com/rawbrides – might not show anything straight away – only just set up and sent a test tweet.

    xxDenise

    • Hi Denise – I see your RSS Graffiti update on your Facebook Fan Page. From steps 4 and 5 above:

      4) Put your Twitter username in place of mine “bulldogvoices” in the [item.title] line

      5) Make sure you have the : (colon) symbol after your username

      make sure that you have the colon symbol after your username – that is a required element.

      Also, send me a link to your cloned yahoo pipe that you are working on and I can take a look at it for you.

      P.S. Also make sure your RSS Graffiti options are set as described above as well.

      Thanks so much Denise and I'm sure we can get you set up shortly!

  • Denise @ Raw Brides

    Hey – thanks so much for this – what a lifesaver.

    I'm pretty sure I did all the options, but my user name is still showing up twice.when I view a preview – http://www.facebook.com/rawbrides – might not show anything straight away – only just set up and sent a test tweet.

    xxDenise

    • Hi Denise – I see your RSS Graffiti update on your Facebook Fan Page. From steps 4 and 5 above:

      4) Put your Twitter username in place of mine “bulldogvoices” in the [item.title] line

      5) Make sure you have the : (colon) symbol after your username

      make sure that you have the colon symbol after your username – that is a required element.

      Also, send me a link to your cloned yahoo pipe that you are working on and I can take a look at it for you.

      P.S. Also make sure your RSS Graffiti options are set as described above as well.

      Thanks so much Denise and I'm sure we can get you set up shortly!

  • Daniel

    Hi Robert,

    I'm getting the pipe stuff setup okay, and I run the pipe, then get the RSS. I copy the url out of the address bar, then copy this into the feed on RSS Graffiti. After this I click the generate preview button, but it keeps coming up with an error.. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

    Many thanks
    Daniel

    • Hi Daniel – thanks for commenting. It sounds as if something didn't get setup right in the Yahoo Pipes. Can you send me the URL to your cloned copy of your Yahoo Pipe?

      Alternatively, we can hop on the phone and that might make it a faster process. You can reach me directly at 706-363-0335

      Thanks so much for commenting Daniel!

  • Daniel

    Hi Robert,

    I'm getting the pipe stuff setup okay, and I run the pipe, then get the RSS. I copy the url out of the address bar, then copy this into the feed on RSS Graffiti. After this I click the generate preview button, but it keeps coming up with an error.. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

    Many thanks
    Daniel

    • Hi Daniel – thanks for commenting. It sounds as if something didn't get setup right in the Yahoo Pipes. Can you send me the URL to your cloned copy of your Yahoo Pipe?

      Alternatively, we can hop on the phone and that might make it a faster process. You can reach me directly at 706-363-0335

      Thanks so much for commenting Daniel!

      • Daniel

        hey Robert,

        the url is .

        let me know how you go. Are you on skype? My contact is dansmith44

        Really appreciate the help.
        Daniel

        • Hi Daniel – I tried viewing your Yahoo Pipes feed in RSS Graffiti and got the same error you were talking about. I'm thinking that the disconnect might be in the construction of your Yahoo Pipe.

          I am not on Skype, but let's connect on the phone to walk through this – you can reach me directly at 706-363-0335 (Google Voice) – thanks again…

    • Hi Daniel – I just got your message, but I'm unsure how to make a call to Australia. Anyway, you no longer need to use Yahoo Pipes. RSS Graffiti has just updated their application to accamodate Twitter to Facebook Fan Pages.

      I did a video "how to" on how to set this up – it's now super easy to do – visit the link below:

      http://socialmediaseo.net/2010/02/10/automaticall

      Thanks again, and let me know if that helped!

  • Thanks so much for doing this!…. I’m stuck though at step 9 – I don’t see “Get as RSS”. I had a new window open – What am I missing?

  • Thanks so much for doing this!…. I’m stuck though at step 9 – I don’t see “Get as RSS”. I had a new window open – What am I missing?

    • Ruth

      oh never mind I see it now… duh!

      • Hi Ruth – thanks so much for commenting your experience with this process. I checked out your Facebook Fan Page and it looks like the feed is working fine.

        Let me know if you have any further questions – and thanks again for commenting!

  • Ruth

    oh never mind I see it now… duh!

  • Andy

    thanks for this!

    Is it normal for Graffiti to get an error, saying it can't find your RSS feed? If I keep trying, it will find it…but it takes me a few refreshes for it to show up.

  • Andy

    thanks for this!

    Is it normal for Graffiti to get an error, saying it can't find your RSS feed? If I keep trying, it will find it…but it takes me a few refreshes for it to show up.

    • It is not normal for RSS Graffiti to get an error – I'm thinking the error might be with the URL of your Yahoo Pipes feed. If you could, post your Yahoo Pipes feed URL here so that I can take a look at it and see what might be the problem.

      Thanks so much!

  • Andy

    Apparently RSS Graffiti is having a issues with Yahoo Pipes right now, and a whole bunch of RSS feeds aren't showing up. Just for everyone after me…

    • Hi Andy – thanks for adding your comment. If you could, post your feed URL so that I can take a look at it and see what might be the problem.

      Thanks again for your comments!

  • Andy

    Apparently RSS Graffiti is having a issues with Yahoo Pipes right now, and a whole bunch of RSS feeds aren't showing up. Just for everyone after me…

    • Hi Andy – thanks for adding your comment. If you could, post your feed URL so that I can take a look at it and see what might be the problem.

      Thanks again for your comments!

  • Ruth

    I have the same problem that Daniel had. Here is my URL
    .

    Thanks for your help

  • Ruth

    I have the same problem that Daniel had. Here is my URL
    .

    Thanks for your help

  • Ruth

    no not that one here is the url .

  • Ruth

    no not that one here is the url .

    • It's working! THANK YOU .

  • Hi!

    Thanks for doing these guides! Really good work and very good explained!

    I got the same rss problems like Andy, the guide worked well till binding the feed to grafitti, the rss url ends on "5c80ded8&_render=rss" which is non standard I think?

    • Hi – thanks for adding your comment – can you please post the feed URL that you are adding to RSS Graffiti so that I may analyze it? Thanks so much and looking forward to helping you with this…

      • umme

        Hi!

        This is the link I get when I click the RSS symbiol:

        .

        • Hi – and thanks for posting your URL – I tested your URL in my RSS Graffiti and it worked fine in the preview screen.

          Perhaps try deleting your existing feed and adding a new one in RSS Graffiti – basically starting over fresh.

          Just click "Add New"

          Let me know how it goes..

  • Hi!

    Thanks for doing these guides! Really good work and very good explained!

    I got the same rss problems like Andy, the guide worked well till binding the feed to grafitti, the rss url ends on "5c80ded8&_render=rss" which is non standard I think?

    • Hi – thanks for adding your comment – can you please post the feed URL that you are adding to RSS Graffiti so that I may analyze it? Thanks so much and looking forward to helping you with this…

      • umme

        Hi!

        This is the link I get when I click the RSS symbiol:

        .

        • Hi – and thanks for posting your URL – I tested your URL in my RSS Graffiti and it worked fine in the preview screen.

          Perhaps try deleting your existing feed and adding a new one in RSS Graffiti – basically starting over fresh.

          Just click "Add New"

          Let me know how it goes..

          • Hi!

            I was able to add the feed to Grafiti, I could make 1 status update, the next I did hasn't been submitted to Facebook, pobably depending on the high error rate and the "flooding" pipes do on Grafiti?

  • Daniel

    hey Robert,

    the url is .

    let me know how you go. Are you on skype? My contact is dansmith44

    Really appreciate the help.
    Daniel

    • Hi Daniel – I tried viewing your Yahoo Pipes feed in RSS Graffiti and got the same error you were talking about. I'm thinking that the disconnect might be in the construction of your Yahoo Pipe.

      I am not on Skype, but let's connect on the phone to walk through this – you can reach me directly at 706-363-0335 (Google Voice) – thanks again…

  • It's working! THANK YOU .

  • It is not normal for RSS Graffiti to get an error – I'm thinking the error might be with the URL of your Yahoo Pipes feed. If you could, post your Yahoo Pipes feed URL here so that I can take a look at it and see what might be the problem.

    Thanks so much!

  • Hi Ruth – thanks so much for commenting your experience with this process. I checked out your Facebook Fan Page and it looks like the feed is working fine.

    Let me know if you have any further questions – and thanks again for commenting!

  • Hello everyone,

    I am one of the developers of RSSGraffiti the facebook application mentioned earlier in this discussion. Let me start by thanking Robert for recommending us as part of the solution for automating the publishing of your tweets to Facebook. It is rewarding to see that your hard work is appreciated and recommended. We intend to have our users’ experiences as our best advertisement, and posts like the one Robert made here, show that we are – at least – getting there…

    Regarding the issue you all seem to face lately let me just quote Yannis from our page on Facebook:

    Turns out that RSS Graffiti makes too many calls to Yahoo Pipes which exceeds their limits. Yahoo! Pipes answers only to a specific number of requests per minute from any given host.

    We are in a process of applying to Yahoo! Pipes for witelisting of RSS Graffiti. We will let you know how things develop with this issue.

    The current status is that we have already applied for the white listing from Friday. We started having this issue since the release of 1.8.5 beta. The increased performance of our engine resulted in us hitting the maximum requests limit of yahoo pipes.

    We are waiting for a response from yahoo, and in the meanwhile we are thinking of ways to bypass the problem until it is permanently fixed.

    So stay one click away and read regularly our announcements to be kept up to date.

    Besides that , I’d like to point out that RSS Graffiti is already white listed by Twitter. So if you simply put your tweeter feed url on RSSGraffiti your tweets will be published without trouble. Without the customizations that Robert is suggesting though.
    On the other hand, since one of our goals is to be able to effectively and adequately cover the needs of those who want to publish their tweets on Facebook, we would like to invite you to share all of these ideas and requests about how tweeter feeds should be handled, on our on-line community at .

    We wish to make RSS Graffiti a complete solution capable of being a one stop shop for you Facebook Tweeter integration and in that process your feedback is valuable.

    I’d like to thank you all for trying our application and for your valuable feedback, and especially Robert once again.

    Dimitris

    • A small typo: The correct link to our community is:
      http://www.getsatisfaction.com/rssgraffiti
      Perhaps Robert would be able to correct this on my original post.

      • Thank you for the update. After a couple days of attempting thinking it was just user error, I got to reading these comments. I'll be checking here and grafitti's site for updates.

      • Hi Dimitris – thank you so much for joining our conversation here and bringing up an update straight from RSS Graffiti. Because Facebook doesn't provide a simple application for us to send Twitter updates to Facebook Fan Pages, we have to find innovative, and sometime choppy, ways to make it happen.

        Your suggestion of just entering your Twitter RSS feed is a great alternatively to sending Twitter updates to your Facebook Fan Page.

        The only trade off with that method is that you will have to deal with your Twitter username publishing at the front of your Twitter update on your Facebook Fan Page.

        My whole method of leveraging Yahoo Pipes was to tweek the Twitter RSS feed and remove the username completely from the feed – so you just get your Twitter update hitting your Facebook Fan Page. And this was at the requests of readers both here at Social Media SEO and from within the Facebook help forums, that they want their usernames to not appear at the beginning of their tweets.

        The second reason my method utilizes Yahoo Pipes is because people wanted to have a Twitter feed that did not include retweets and @ replies, which Yahoo Pipes configuration can achieve quite easily.

        Anyway, thanks again Dimitris for visiting and adding your insight.

        The people from your help forum might also like to join our conversation here as well – since I'm quite sure people there are also looking for ways to modify the basic Twitter RSS feed configuration and also how to send tweets automatically to their Facebook Fan Pages.

        Thanks again…

  • Hello everyone,

    I am one of the developers of RSSGraffiti the facebook application mentioned earlier in this discussion. Let me start by thanking Robert for recommending us as part of the solution for automating the publishing of your tweets to Facebook. It is rewarding to see that your hard work is appreciated and recommended. We intend to have our users’ experiences as our best advertisement, and posts like the one Robert made here, show that we are – at least – getting there…

    Regarding the issue you all seem to face lately let me just quote Yannis from our page on Facebook:

    Turns out that RSS Graffiti makes too many calls to Yahoo Pipes which exceeds their limits. Yahoo! Pipes answers only to a specific number of requests per minute from any given host.

    We are in a process of applying to Yahoo! Pipes for witelisting of RSS Graffiti. We will let you know how things develop with this issue.

    The current status is that we have already applied for the white listing from Friday. We started having this issue since the release of 1.8.5 beta. The increased performance of our engine resulted in us hitting the maximum requests limit of yahoo pipes.

    We are waiting for a response from yahoo, and in the meanwhile we are thinking of ways to bypass the problem until it is permanently fixed.

    So stay one click away and read regularly our announcements to be kept up to date.

    Besides that , I’d like to point out that RSS Graffiti is already white listed by Twitter. So if you simply put your tweeter feed url on RSSGraffiti your tweets will be published without trouble. Without the customizations that Robert is suggesting though.
    On the other hand, since one of our goals is to be able to effectively and adequately cover the needs of those who want to publish their tweets on Facebook, we would like to invite you to share all of these ideas and requests about how tweeter feeds should be handled, on our on-line community at .

    We wish to make RSS Graffiti a complete solution capable of being a one stop shop for you Facebook Tweeter integration and in that process your feedback is valuable.

    I’d like to thank you all for trying our application and for your valuable feedback, and especially Robert once again.

    Dimitris

  • Africa

    Thanks for the clear instructions. I have followed them several times and I keep getting duplicate posts on my FB page, and it still shows my Twitter account name. Any suggestions?

    .

    • Hi Africa – in the RSS Graffiti app, what "Style" have you selected? It's the option right below the RSS feed box and URL.

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    • Sweet looking forward to it!

  • RSS Graffiti has completed their update and it is awesome! You no longer need to deal with Yahoo Pipes!

    Check out the video I just put together showing you how automatically send your Twitter updates to your Facebook Fan Page using RSS Graffiti – you can now use your Twitter generated RSS Feed, and with RSS Graffiti, you can strip the username from the front of the update, and include or exclude retweets and @ replies.

    Click here to watch a screencast video >> http://screencast.com/t/NWZjYjJlM

    Or watch the YouTube version below (the screencast is higher quality):

    [youtube p2D5_6gC5Qg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2D5_6gC5Qg youtube]

  • I just finished a new video that shows you how to use RSS Graffiti to automatically send your Twitter updates to your Facebook Fan Page! This is now the premier way of making this happen…

    Watch the "how to" here:

    http://socialmediaseo.net/2010/02/10/automaticall

  • Henrique

    Hi,

    Thanks for this info, it was exactly what I was looking for, but even after following all of the steps you recommended, I am getting Error's in Facebook Page, it is not being able to get the rss feed.

    I have tried it more than once and it keeps producing errors (when I am setting up the rss graffiti in FB and click on generate preview it does not work).

    Here is the rss feed Pipes produced: .

    I hope you can help me out with this.

    Cheers,

    Henrique

  • This is great, thanks so much for creating the video as it makes things so much clearer.

    Top work!

    • Hi Ian – glad it helped and thank you for visiting and commenting!

  • Elena Pisarchuk Wilkins

    Great step-by-step tutorial! Thank you! Saved me a lot of headaches.

  • josharmstrong

    Was using Twitterfeed, but the OCD in me wanted to find a way to strip the username from the posts. Now I've found this article and am LOVING using RSS Graffiti. Thank you so much for the step-by-step video tutorial!

    • Hi Josh – glad it helped! And thank you for visiting my blog, it's an honor having you here….

  • i was wondering why i get my posts DOUBLE on my facebook fanpage? What am I doing wrong?

  • Ruth

    oh never mind I see it now… duh!

  • Andy

    Apparently RSS Graffiti is having a issues with Yahoo Pipes right now, and a whole bunch of RSS feeds aren't showing up. Just for everyone after me…

  • A small typo: The correct link to our community is:
    http://www.getsatisfaction.com/rssgraffiti
    Perhaps Robert would be able to correct this on my original post.

  • AwalWeb

    Thank you, for the tutorial. It work for me. Terimakasih.

  • How would I filter something in my twitter stream to go to only my fan page using Yahoo Pipes? I have one twitter account that I use for everything. I would like to filter tweets about my blog to go to my blog fan page and my personal fan page. I would also like to be able to filter other keywords to only go to my other FB pages. What is the best way to do this?