Knowledgebase: RSS to Twitter Poster
08. Manual: RSS to Twitter Poster
Posted by Mark Seaman on 26 April 2011 10:56 AM

By RSS Ground service.


To create a new project in RSS to Twitter Poster you simply need to enter the tool using the main menu "Tools"-"RSS to Twitter Poster".

Another way is to use "Generate and Send to" option in any of RSS feeds Generators. Choose "RSS to Twitter Poster" from a drop-down menu and your generated feeds will be automatically added to the Poster interface.

One more way to create a new posting project is to go to "My saves"-"My RSS feeds", check-mark RSS feeds which you wish to use in the project and choose "RSS to Twitter Poster" from drop-down menu in "Send selected feeds to" option above the list of RSS feeds.


As soon as you get to the Poster interface the first option you have is to add RSS feeds. RSS feeds will be automatically added if you use "Generate and Send to" option in one of the RSS Feeds Generators or "Send selected feeds to" in "My Saves" section.

If you use to create a new project by entering the tool from the main menu you have an option of entering RSS feeds manually or selecting them from "My Saves" section.

Add RSS feeds to the new project

 

 

Twitter Accounts

Now you need to add your Twitter accounts to the project.  Use "Add new" button in Twitter Accounts tab.

 

Add Twitter accounts

You may add as many Twitter accounts as you want. All Twitter accounts information will be saved in "My account" section. So you don't need to add Twitter accounts over again when you create a new project.

You might not need to use all your Twitter accounts for a particular project. Therefore you can choose which Twitter accounts will be updated with the current project and which of them will not.

Press ON/OFF icons to choose Twitter account for the project.

To completely delete Twitter account from the list you need to go to "My Account" section in main menu and press DELETE icon next to the needed Twitter account.

As soon as you are done with Twitter account press "Next" to go to "Settings" tab.

 

Settings

Sitting the project

First, give your project a name so it could be easily found in later in "My Saves" – "My posting projects" section.
Shorten links with – here you choose a service to shorten URLs.

Include keywords - this option will choose to post only RSS items which have at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description. You may use several keywords separated with commas.

Exclude keywords - this option will sort RSS items which include at least one of the specified keywords in their title or description and exclude them from posting. You may use several keywords separated with commas.

Shorten links with – here you choose a service to shorten URLs.

Note: some of the shorten URL services require API keys. Refer to your shorten URL service website for more information.

Post to accounts – here you choose what Twitter accounts you wish to update with every project run (only accounts with "ON" status are considered):
All – all enabled Twitter accounts will be updated simultaneously (same tweets will be added to all Twitter accounts);
Rotate – tweets will be added to Twitter accounts taking turns;
Random – tweets will be added to a random Twitter account with every project run.

So if you wish to update a number of Twitter accounts with the same posts you choose "All" option. And if you wish to update your Twitter accounts but don’t want the same content to be in different Twitter accounts you choose "Rotate".

Posting mask –set the way you wish your tweet to be displayed in Twitter: %tweet% %link% or %link% %tweet%
Here you may also add a hash tag, which will be added to your tweets. For example: #marketing

Post items - this option will set the order in which RSS feeds' items will be processed.
Only new – only fresh added RSS items will be posted.
From newest to oldest – if no fresh items were added to RSS feed next the most recent time items will be posted.
From oldest to newest - the oldest in time items will be posted in the first place.
Randomly – random set of RSS items will be chosen for posting.

Before each run the system checks your RSS feeds for updates. And if you wish to post only fresh items you choose "Only new" option. In this case posts will be made using only fresh content. If no new items were added to RSS feeds the program will not make any posts and wait until the fresh content is added to RSS feeds. If you wish to use not only fresh content from your RSS feeds you need to choose "From newest to oldest" option. In this case the program will check for updates in RSS feeds and use them as the priority content for posting. If no fresh content was added the system will use the latest but not yet published content. If there is no matter for you whether to post new or older content you may choose "Randomly" option and a random set of items will be posted every time. If you wish to post gradually post RSS items starting from the oldest one you need to choose "From oldest to newest" option.

  Note: no matter what option was used in "Post items" duplicate items will never be used for posting.

Number of items to post - here you set how many items you wish to post with every project run. Remember: 1 item = 1 tweet (post)

1-1 – this means that only 1 item will be posted with every project run
2-4 – random number of items (2, 3, 4) will be posted

  Note: Twitter allows only 140 symbols long tweets. If your tweet appears to be longer than 140 symbols Poster will automatically make it 137 long including hash tag, tweet body and shorten URL plus ellipsis (…)

Press "Next" button once you are done with project settings.

Automation

Here you set the timing of the project – another words, how often should tweets be posted.

Project automation

Current server time - here you see a current system time. It may differ from your local time. So take this parameter into account.

Next run – date and time of the next post. Once the automation is set it will show you when the next post will be done.

Start /End project at – here you specify the exact dates for beginning and finishing the project. You use this option if you need to update your Twitter accounts within a specific time period, for example Christmas holidays or during your own vacation. If you don’t have any specific "End date" use any far perspective date for example year 2015.

Repeat project - here you choose how often you want to make posts to your Twitter accounts.

 

  Note: even if you set to make posts "every hour" a random time stamp will be used. It may be 45 minutes or 68 minutes for example. This was made to avoid any footprints and to make it look more like human manual updates.

 

Don’t forget to press "Save project" once you are done with these settings.

You may use "Previous" button to navigate to the previous steps.

Now your project will be saved and you may find it in "My saves" – "My Posting Projects" section using main menu.

Saved projects

 

In "My Posting Projects" section you will find a list of all projects. Here you may "Pause" (press "ON" icon) a project or "Restart" it (press "OFF"). To remove a project from the list press "DELETE" icon.

Use "EDIT" icon to go to project editor and make needed changes (reset Twitter accounts, add more RSS feeds, change automation settings or any other).

Using project editor you may create a new project using the sample of already existing project. For example you wish to make posts to a specific group of Twitter accounts and want to use the same settings as you already used in another project. Choose the needed project from the list, make the needed changes and NECESSARILY! change its name (otherwise the original project will be overwritten). When you save the project you will see your new and former projects in the list.

Press   icon to see the history of project operation.

Pay attention to "Next run at" column in your project tab. Here you see when the next project run will occur. The time is relative to our server time.

In project log you may see when your project was created, updated, paused, resumed. Here you will also be able to see the latest posts made.

Project log

Green information block will show the successful post. This block will display a post date, post title and post destination. You may click post title to visit a page with your post.

Yellow block will tell if there was no RSS content to post.

See the FAQ article on why your project may fail to post

Blue blocks will tell when your project was created, updated, paused or restarted.

Note: only the last 50 project actions are displayed in log.

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