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Customizing SMF => Tips and Tricks => Topic started by: Mr. Jinx on January 15, 2010, 10:10:01 AM

Title: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 15, 2010, 10:10:01 AM
Twitter and Facebook are very populair platforms to spread the news. Wouldn't it be great if you could publish new forum topics to this platform? This way people can subscribe to your forum's Twitter / Facebook page so they always know what is going on. It might even get you new visitors and improve traffic to your site.

This tutorial will show you how to automatically sent new SMF topics to your Twitter or Facebook account without modifying your SMF code.


Example: http://twitter.com/chelloo_com
All tweets you see there are new SMF topics, automatically imported by twitterfeed.

INDEX
1. How to setup an SMF Feed to Twitter
2. How to setup an SMF Feed to Facebook
3. RSS Feeds examples
4. Other Idea's



1. How to setup an SMF Feed to Twitter


2. How to setup an SMF Feed to Facebook


3. RSS Feeds examples
In the example I used 'http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news'
This feed will publish all new topics.
However you are free to customize this. The are lots of options you can use to format a RSS Feed.

note: Only use RSS feeds that are public. If you have a board that requires you to login to read topics the feed won't work because twitterfeed can't login.

Examples:

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
This will publish all new topics and replies

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10
This will publish all new topics from board 10 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10,12,15
This will publish all new topics from board 10, 12 and 15 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members
This will publish all new members.
Using the Post Prefix and Suffix in the advanced section on Twitterfeed you can make messages like "Welcome on our forum, username !

More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0)


4. Other Idea's
thnx Paracelsus for this tip! (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=360150.msg2457517#msg2457517)
If you want to include the boardname in every feed, that's possible.
First, you have to setup a seperate feed for each board using for example:
index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10

Next, go to the advanced setting of each feed and add the board title to the 'Post Prefix'
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Dzonny on January 15, 2010, 11:45:21 AM
Thanks for the tip.
Moved to Tips and Tricks board, as requested.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Joker™ on January 16, 2010, 12:41:34 AM
awesome tip ...... started using it also :D

thanx for the tute
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Paracelsus on January 16, 2010, 11:50:26 AM
Good tip that I've actually been using for a while now.

What I usually do is to create a different feed on Twitterfeed for different board(s) and for each of them I have a unique prefix so that it looks more 'targeted' on Twitter (you can take a look at it at http://twitter.com/forumscp)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Charles52 on January 16, 2010, 05:56:53 PM
Awesome, I'm definitely gonna have to do this.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 17, 2010, 05:59:22 AM
What I usually do is to create a different feed on Twitterfeed for different board(s) and for each of them I have a unique prefix so that it looks more 'targeted' on Twitter (you can take a look at it at http://twitter.com/forumscp)
That's a good idea indeed. You can do alot of nice things with this.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: rd on January 17, 2010, 01:11:58 PM
It says you have like over 10 guests, but all of them are robots from twitter.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: 2by2host on January 18, 2010, 03:57:26 PM
As an alternative we would like to suggest using our Twitter mod for SMF (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1886). It works quite well and even supports Facebook.

Regards,
2by2host.com team
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 19, 2010, 02:25:02 AM
As an alternative we would like to suggest using our Twitter mod for SMF (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1886). It works quite well and even supports Facebook.

Regards,
2by2host.com team
That's a nice mod (used it before). However it will mess with your smf code, resulting in very slow posting. For me this was the main reason to not use it anymore. No hard feelings.
With rssfeeds, like described in this tutorial, there is no messing around with code and it doesn't slow down anything. Whatever you like!

ps1: I won't report your post to a moderator like you keep doing.
ps2: On a forum you shouldn't end every post with a greeting. This ain't email. You could use your signature for this.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 19, 2010, 03:51:53 AM
It says you have like over 10 guests, but all of them are robots from twitter.
The idea is by posting it to twitter, other people might subscibe to your twitter/facebook if it's interesting enough.
They will also find you if they search for keywords that match in twitter. Ofcourse this will take some time. It's just another way to let people know about your site instead of search enginges.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: rroadkilll on January 19, 2010, 01:23:51 PM
What do I need to do on my forum to make this work?

I followed the above directions and nothing worked...
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Joker™ on January 20, 2010, 10:17:58 AM
but dunno why it increased my site BOUNCE RATE :o
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: DoctorMalboro on January 20, 2010, 10:35:12 AM
is this legal? 'cause i don't wan't to be in a blacklist >:(
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Prometheus Fire on January 20, 2010, 12:39:25 PM
am having trouble formatting my rss feed to be compatible with Pretty URLs Mod. I understand the standard way to exclude my test and admin boards, but since I have pretty urls installed my boards are no longer identified by number. This makes it hard to modify the rss url to exclude the boards that I use as my "junk drawer" that isn't visible to my users and guests.

If I can't figure out how to do those exclusions then it'll be tweeting links to my junk drawer.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: gietl on January 20, 2010, 02:51:21 PM
Thanks for the tip. Way less intrusive.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: gietl on January 20, 2010, 02:53:38 PM
am having trouble formatting my rss feed to be compatible with Pretty URLs Mod. I understand the standard way to exclude my test and admin boards, but since I have pretty urls installed my boards are no longer identified by number. This makes it hard to modify the rss url to exclude the boards that I use as my "junk drawer" that isn't visible to my users and guests.

If I can't figure out how to do those exclusions then it'll be tweeting links to my junk drawer.

Log in as admin, click on Boards (where you can move them around and all that) you should be able to determine the ID's from there. That's what I did and I use prettyurls as well.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Tanks on January 20, 2010, 02:57:19 PM
This is a great tip, but you might want to add that this will not work if guest can not see RSS then Twitter can not see it either ;)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Prometheus Fire on January 20, 2010, 03:00:35 PM
Are you using the long text names generated by prettyurls?

Are you able to give a sample of your rss url with the prettyurls in it so I can get an idea?

For the time being, I've turned off rewriting the boards in pretty and am using this url for my rss feed.
http://leafboxtea.com/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=1,2,3,4,8,13,5,7,14,6

It checks out when I load it in a browser and a validator (well, there are errors, but nothing that should interfere with tweetfeed).

However, my test hasn't proven itself since tweetfeed has yet to push out my test posts.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: gietl on January 20, 2010, 03:48:34 PM
Are you using the long text names generated by prettyurls?

Are you able to give a sample of your rss url with the prettyurls in it so I can get an idea?

For the time being, I've turned off rewriting the boards in pretty and am using this url for my rss feed.
http://leafboxtea.com/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=1,2,3,4,8,13,5,7,14,6

It checks out when I load it in a browser and a validator (well, there are errors, but nothing that should interfere with tweetfeed).

However, my test hasn't proven itself since tweetfeed has yet to push out my test posts.

yes, it is working fine for me so far. I have it set to publish every hour and it just did not long ago. You could test the URL by copy and pating it into your browzer like firefox that supports RSS
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: ~DS~ on January 20, 2010, 03:56:25 PM
Does this work for FB Fan & group? Would like to see it publish to there instead of my own personal profile.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: gietl on January 21, 2010, 10:59:48 AM
Does this work for FB Fan & group? Would like to see it publish to there instead of my own personal profile.

I am using it to publish to a page I manage. It will link to your personal account but you should be able to select which page you want it posting on. Works well.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: ~DS~ on January 21, 2010, 11:21:21 AM
Care to share? I know it link to my account which is fine but I want them posted on my fan page.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: h78509 on January 21, 2010, 12:46:08 PM
Does this work for FB Fan & group? Would like to see it publish to there instead of my own personal profile.

I've been trying to do just that but no luck so far. Twitter gets updated without problems but nothing is happening with Facebook. If I get both working, then I have to say that this is an awesome tutorial that everyone should use.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 21, 2010, 02:37:29 PM
Does this work for FB Fan & group? Would like to see it publish to there instead of my own personal profile.
It should work for fan pages. When you create a new feed, you will have to authenticate with FB. There you should see a dropdown box where you can select the page (only if you're admin).
It doesn't work for groups because of a limit in the FB api.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: h78509 on January 21, 2010, 06:59:58 PM
It's working like a charm!

I have to say this is an awesome service and I recommend everyone to use it.

Only downside is that it doesn't have "not-to-include" keywords. I'm getting way too many "MOVED" threads posted on Twitter and Facebook. I had this same problem with the Twitter mod as well.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter your SMF forum (and get more traffic!)
Post by: rd on January 21, 2010, 09:08:28 PM
This is better then the 2by2 host mod. This actually posts the discription of your topic.

Also I think 2by2 host dude is kinda spamming >.> Im not sure but I think when someone mentioned twitterfeed in his mod thread, he complained to a moderator. Once again I'm not that sure.

I use 2by2 mod because I am forced to; it gives me theme errors when I try to uninstall it and the little link to their hosting site is annoying.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 22, 2010, 05:08:45 AM
I've been trying to do just that but no luck so far. Twitter gets updated without problems but nothing is happening with Facebook. If I get both working, then I have to say that this is an awesome tutorial that everyone should use.
I've updated the startpost with Facebook instructions.
It's even possible to post to FB pages. However, FB groups are not possible.

Only downside is that it doesn't have "not-to-include" keywords. I'm getting way too many "MOVED" threads posted on Twitter and Facebook. I had this same problem with the Twitter mod as well.
Seems you are not the only one who wants that :) Me too, and take a look at this (http://getsatisfaction.com/twitterfeed/topics/suggestion_exclude_filter).

I use 2by2 mod because I am forced to; it gives me theme errors when I try to uninstall it and the little link to their hosting site is annoying.
Instead of uninstalling, you could disable the mod. This will make your forum posting alot faster anyway.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Bec on January 22, 2010, 10:58:44 AM
Thanks for posting this! I did have the twitter mod installed but am giving this a go, only thing that would be nice if instead of checking for topics ever hour or so it would be nice if it was updated immediately, might send them some feedback!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Jerry on January 22, 2010, 11:12:53 AM
Very nice tutorial. Thank you. I will put it to good use.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: h78509 on January 23, 2010, 03:34:26 AM
Thanks for posting this! I did have the twitter mod installed but am giving this a go, only thing that would be nice if instead of checking for topics ever hour or so it would be nice if it was updated immediately, might send them some feedback!

You can change it to 30 minutes. That helps a bit.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Legend. on January 24, 2010, 05:42:03 AM
wow...thats real nice :)

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: wedost.com on January 27, 2010, 02:16:31 PM
Excellent.

Great Information. THank you for sharing..





Letting people know about your forum is a great way to improve traffic.
Using Twitter or Facebook you can let the world know about what's going on.

There is an easy way to automatically sent new SMF topics to your Twitter or Facebook (and even Laconica / Ping.fm / Hellotxt) account without modifying your SMF code. Just use SMF's build-in RSS capabilities and a free service like twitterfeed.com!

This is how the result looks on Twitter : http://twitter.com/chelloo_com


How to setup an SMF Feed to Twitter:
  • If you don't already have it, open an account on Twitter.com (https://twitter.com/signup)
  • Next open a free account on Twitterfeed.com (http://twitterfeed.com/users/new)
  • Click on 'create new feed':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter1.PNG&hash=f09593cd9afc6ccea95f3265a8fa4dff)
    Feed Name = Whatever you like
    RSS Feed URL = http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter2.PNG&hash=61016f43ca8d6e607e4203156b24b564)
    I've set the posting frequency to every hour with a maximum of 5 posts.
    Don't worry that you are going to miss posts. It will catch up every hour.
    Post Content = title only (that should be enough for now)
  • Continue to step 2:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter3.PNG&hash=50a5c19b02b9583c9540e8b7f9a2d06d)
    Select 'Twitter'
  • In the last step you need to authenticate with Twitter:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter4.PNG&hash=32e78cccb53b9e1d638743b392592b4c)
    You don't need to worry about security. Twitterfeed.com is a well known free service and uses 'oauth'. You give the application the rights to post twitters without giving them your password.
  • Finally, click on 'Create Service' and you're done!

How to setup an SMF Feed to Facebook:
  • If you don't already have it, open an account on Facebook.com (http://www.facebook.com/)
  • Next open a free account on Twitterfeed.com (http://twitterfeed.com/users/new)
  • Click on 'create new feed':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook1.PNG&hash=24e2529d77e8a429e9bba94c814f6799)
    Feed Name = Whatever you like
    RSS Feed URL = http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook2.PNG&hash=6566af4886821617f6a826068bf7ff88)
    I've set the posting frequency to every hour with a maximum of 5 posts.
    Don't worry that you are going to miss posts. It will catch up every hour.
    Post Content = title only (that should be enough for now)
  • Continue to step 2:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook3.PNG&hash=a7dd3cc00400b3a4de3975af45ef600f)
    Select 'Facebook'
  • In the last step you need to authenticate with Facebook:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook4.PNG&hash=dfb13b000596da1a7905b3c94c35bc88)
    You don't need to worry about security. Twitterfeed.com is a well known free service. You give the twitterfeed application the rights to post to facebook using the facebook api without giving them your password.
  • On this page, once authenticated, you can also choose on which page you want to publish your SMF feed. You can publish on you own wall, but you can also publish on pages you created, or where you are administrator. It's not possible to publish a feed to a group.
  • Finally, click on 'Create Service' and you're done!

RSS Feeds
In the example I used 'http://www.yousite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news'
This feed will publish all new topics.
However you are free to customize this. The are lots of options you can use to format a RSS Feed.

Examples:

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
This will publish all new topics and replies

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10
This will publish all new topics from board 10 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10,12,15
This will publish all new topics from board 10, 12 and 15 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members
This will publish all new members.
Using the Post Prefix and Suffix in the advanced section on Twitterfeed you can make messages like "Welcome on our forum, username !

More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0)

Other Idea's thnx Paracelsus for this tip! (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=360150.msg2457517#msg2457517)
If you want to include the boardname in every feed, that's possible.
First, you have to setup a seperate feed for each board using for example:
index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10

Next, go to the advanced setting of ech feed and add the board title to the 'Post Prefix'
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on January 29, 2010, 12:25:06 PM
Very nice indeed. It works great, except for limiting the boards. I have checked the URL in my browser and it works fine, however when trying to add it to twitterfeed, it fails:

We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid


SMF2 RC2
Not using Pretty URLs mod

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 29, 2010, 03:08:57 PM
Could you post the URL you try to use?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on January 29, 2010, 03:43:18 PM
I've tried several.

http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?board=3;type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news  <--- works, but shows all the boards
http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;board=3 <--- works in browser, but not in twitterfeed

I have also tried these and slight variations of them.
http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;board=3
http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?board=3;type=rss;action=.xml


Thank you for looking into this.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 29, 2010, 04:10:37 PM
Those URL's work for me. I also tried with the site in your signature.
If you are using it on another site, it might be some mod messing up your RSS feeds.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on January 29, 2010, 05:46:45 PM
It's for the site in my signature. Here's a screenshot of the link that works in my browser, but won't parse within twitterfeed (when clicking the "test rss feed" button).

(https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg692.imageshack.us%2Fimg692%2F8215%2Fscreenshotfl.png&hash=aec5e61d704805b25e94ed5f4d47c975) (http://img692.imageshack.us/i/screenshotfl.png/)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on January 30, 2010, 05:49:30 AM
Ah, now I see your problem, board 3 is only accesable for registered users.
The RSS feeds only work on boards that are visible for guests.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on January 30, 2010, 10:52:04 AM
Aha! I knew it was something simple. Thank you very much for you time (and thanks for a great tutorial).
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 12:17:59 PM
What about spammers that get through and post porn from time to time? Can you risk losing your facebook account?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 12:24:29 PM
Hi, an old newbie here. Most of this stuff is way over my head, although our forum has been up and running great for a year...he said fingers crossed. I'm so bad at this I don't know how to start a new post here....can anyone tell me how to do so or maybe have a "simple" answer here? I am running 1.1.11 and want to add the ability for our readers to subscribe to an rss feed of our whole site. Is there a mod I can download for that and not have to delve into the code? Is it possible already there and I just don't know how to use it? The URL is http://golftipsforum(dot)isuckatgolf.net/

I have a facebook fan page for the site, will try to figure out this, as it's very cool. It seems you need both a facebook page and a twitter account to make this work? Am I correct. Sorry for the lame-o questions. Sucks being stupid!

Thanks,
ken
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 12:53:55 PM
tried to set up the twitter feed, saying invalid feed or URL. I'm assuming there is a mod or something I need to "turn on" on my forum to have it generate RSS? Here's what I typed in http://www.golftipsforum.isuckatgolf.net/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news

However I didn't download any rss mod or turn anything on, was I supposed to?

Thanks,
Ken
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on February 16, 2010, 01:00:17 PM
Just have them click on the link at the very bottom of your site that says RSS. They'll be able to a feed of your whole site from there. EDIT: The one that isn't there.  :o
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 01:06:01 PM
Hi Sunking...

Am to take from this that there is supposed to be an RSS feed icon on the bottom of my site? I certainly didn't remove it! (don't know how!) Any suggestions..

Thanks
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on February 16, 2010, 01:14:00 PM
Apparently I have been away from SMF1 for too long! I just visited two separate SMF1-enabled sites and neither had it. I am on my way now to sit in the timeout chair......
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 01:37:24 PM
I found a tab under News and Newsletters that said to check to enable XML and Rss feeds and I checked it. Still not working and sitll no RSS icon to click anywhere I can see...

..and you can come out of the corner now. You've been punished enough. ;0)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: yankeestonk on February 16, 2010, 01:55:49 PM
kept trying and finally it accepted my feed! Still have no rss link on the forum though. And not sure if it worked as so far nothing is posted. Maybe the posts have to be new since the feed went live. Going back to post something to test it out. I'll let you know how I make out.

Thanks for your help!
ken
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on February 16, 2010, 02:07:05 PM
PM'd you some info so we don't steal this thread any more. :D


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Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: simplefan90 on February 16, 2010, 06:54:37 PM
I never used Twitter and never will.

People that buy stocks for Twitter are totally out of their minds. I am also getting sick and tired of Michael (Techcrunch) babbling about twitter in his blog.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: bullbreedluverz on February 16, 2010, 07:01:12 PM
I never used Twitter and never will.

People that buy stocks for Twitter are totally out of their minds. I am also getting sick and tired of Michael (Techcrunch) babbling about twitter in his blog.

for personal use i have to agree but as a means of free advertising for your site then ya cant really knock the use of twitter and other social networking sites -
if you have something you want to promote, such as a website on the internet, then you want it to be to a captive audience.... like people sitting on there computer on the internet for hours at a time staring at a site that has your site linked on it with feeds from your site being posted for people to view and follow to your site
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: simplefan90 on February 16, 2010, 07:17:30 PM
I never used Twitter and never will.

People that buy stocks for Twitter are totally out of their minds. I am also getting sick and tired of Michael (Techcrunch) babbling about twitter in his blog.

for personal use i have to agree but as a means of free advertising for your site then ya cant really knock the use of twitter and other social networking sites -
if you have something you want to promote, such as a website on the internet, then you want it to be to a captive audience.... like people sitting on there computer on the internet for hours at a time staring at a site that has your site linked on it with feeds from your site being posted for people to view and follow to your site

I used twitterfeed and the twitter mod (not worth it because of the advertisment on the bottom), all they do is draw bots to your website. I have never seen anyone registering when there were like 20 guest. I did an experiment where I closed the forum for guest and published a topic, there were like 20 guests and they were there for like 20 minutes.

There is no way someone will look at the same screen for 20 minutes (unless they have no life, lol).

*The site was new installed to, almost nothing on it.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on February 16, 2010, 08:59:08 PM
So you're saying that Twitterfeed isn't worth your time because you installed it on a new site with almost nothing on it and cannot figure out why, out of 20 visitors, no one registered for your site? So, you closed the forum, wrote a topic and published it to Twitter. You do realize that by turning off your site to guests does not remove your links from anywhere, right? So these guests would have clicked on this link, been taken to that topic on your site, and then be greeted with a "Please login or register to view this topic." So yes, it will show that there are 20 people viewing the topic page. As soon as someone leaves your site, their name isn't removed from your Who's Online list. It will be there for as long as your time threshold is set. Mine is an hour. So if a visitor clicks a link that brings them to my site, they read through the post, or simply aren't interested, do you think they will navigate back to the main page before leaving? No. They'll close the tab and resume their surfing elsewhere. It's going to still show them on that page.

Everyone is entitle to opinions, etc. But damn, look at the whole picture. Content is what gets people to register, not how many tweets you can cram into your feed per day.

And no, I do not own any stock in Twitter. I do have a feed connected to my site, but I am not personally an active "tweeter".

[That's my ten cents.]
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: SN on February 17, 2010, 03:14:54 AM
How do i get this to display on my FB fan page and not my personal FB page?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: bugzy on February 25, 2010, 09:03:56 AM
Wow this is a goodway to advertise or market a forum website. Thanks you very much for sharing :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mick. on February 25, 2010, 09:22:53 AM
Its ok.   Ive been using this for a few months now since the "other" mod puts an unwanted link in the footer under smf.

You can post from any board to twitterfeed if youre using the RSS Feed mod by vbgamer.

I setup at least 20 urls to the feeder from across my boards.     
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Arttu on February 26, 2010, 01:12:51 AM
THANK YOU! I've been looking for one of these for a while
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: 2by2host on March 16, 2010, 03:27:25 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on March 16, 2010, 04:09:51 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

Your twitter mod doesn't even publish to Facebook, that is why you are calling it "Twitter Mod" Also why are you bringing up Facebook in a topic about Twitter?

Maybe you didn't quote o.O
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: [unplugged] on March 16, 2010, 04:36:47 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

That's twice you've "suggested" using your mod. To me, that's just plain hijacking a thread. Personally, I don't use your mod because 1) it didn't work, even on a vanilla install, and 2) I thought having your copyright on every page for such an insignificant mod wasn't worth it. That, IMO, should be reserved for large mods like portals, galleries, and such. You are obviously free to do as you wish with your mod, and I am free to not choose it. Don't come into Mr Jinx's thread for his mod trying to sell your own. You have a thread. Provide a good working mod and you can get people to download it that way.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: 2by2host on March 16, 2010, 04:48:26 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

Your twitter mod doesn't even publish to Facebook, that is why you are calling it "Twitter Mod" Also why are you bringing up Facebook in a topic about Twitter?

Maybe you didn't quote o.O

Are you sure you used the same mod? It does support FB very well.  By the way, this topic is about Twitter or Facebook. Please read it;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: 2by2host on March 16, 2010, 04:55:48 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

That's twice you've "suggested" using your mod. To me, that's just plain hijacking a thread. Personally, I don't use your mod because 1) it didn't work, even on a vanilla install, and 2) I thought having your copyright on every page for such an insignificant mod wasn't worth it. That, IMO, should be reserved for large mods like portals, galleries, and such. You are obviously free to do as you wish with your mod, and I am free to not choose it. Don't come into Mr Jinx's thread for his mod trying to sell your own. You have a thread. Provide a good working mod and you can get people to download it that way.

Please count the number of times twitterfeed was used in our thread. The fact that it didn't work for you is very insignificant b/c it does work for everybody else. As far as copyright, we think it's fine.

Regards,
2by2host.com team
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on March 16, 2010, 05:09:33 PM
It's been reported in our Twitter mod thread that "you can only post 10 messages per day onto your Facebook wall with this that is all you can post there .
Not more messages... too bad.." Please check out our Twitter mod b/c we believe it's a very good alternative. By the way, please provide twitterfeed support in your own thread ;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

Your twitter mod doesn't even publish to Facebook, that is why you are calling it "Twitter Mod" Also why are you bringing up Facebook in a topic about Twitter?

Maybe you didn't quote o.O

Are you sure you used the same mod? It does support FB very well.  By the way, this topic is about Twitter or Facebook. Please read it;-)

Regards,
2by2host.com team

Why would you quote my post and not answer Sunking's?

maybe it is about Facebook and Twitter but why are you "advertising" your mod in this topic? That's like the inventor of phpBB coming to Simplemachines and posting a comment about their forum script in an SMF improvement topic...

Admit it, you just want better pagerank :D That's why you put that copyright on the footer and try to aggressively advertise your mod and hosting. Just so everyone knows, I removed Twitter mod from both of my Pagerank 2 sites when I upgraded to RC3.

Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: bucharest on March 23, 2010, 01:08:24 PM
were do i get the rss feed code from ?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on March 23, 2010, 01:42:15 PM
were do i get the rss feed code from ?

Look at your forum's footer(bottom), it should say RSS, click that and you will be taken to a URL. That URL is your RSS code ;)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: bucharest on March 23, 2010, 08:34:34 PM
Thanks



sorted
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: aw06 on March 29, 2010, 02:59:40 AM
Wow, execllent tip , setting this up NOwwww :P
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: LondonDragon on March 31, 2010, 02:13:37 PM
I have started using http://dlvr.it/ which you can post every 15 minutes and you can have more than 5 posts at a time ;) works fine to Twitter and Facebook.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on March 31, 2010, 11:15:24 PM
Thanks for the tip, sounds better then the Twitter mod and Twitter feed.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ~DS~ on March 31, 2010, 11:21:01 PM
Thanks for the tip, sounds better then the Twitter mod and Twitter feed.
Hell, yeah. Been using it for over a month.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Worlds-Forum/227226091940
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: aw06 on March 31, 2010, 11:26:49 PM
Thanks for the tip, sounds better then the Twitter mod and Twitter feed.
Hell, yeah. Been using it for over a month.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Worlds-Forum/227226091940

Love your site dismal  :D what social bar is that your running ??
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ~DS~ on March 31, 2010, 11:37:12 PM
Thanks for the tip, sounds better then the Twitter mod and Twitter feed.
Hell, yeah. Been using it for over a month.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Worlds-Forum/227226091940

Love your site dismal  :D what social bar is that your running ??
Surely you can look at the source?
Code: [Select]
<a href="yourtwitterurl"><img src="yourtwitterimageurl"></a>I use Global Headers and Footers.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: aw06 on March 31, 2010, 11:48:22 PM
ok, seems it;s from mebo, gones hunting lol
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ~DS~ on March 31, 2010, 11:49:29 PM
ok, seems it;s from mebo, gones hunting lol
Ahh,you meant the tool bar?
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2437
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: aw06 on April 01, 2010, 12:03:45 AM
ok, seems it;s from mebo, gones hunting lol
Ahh,you meant the tool bar?
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2437

nice. will check it out, thou i may just hard code it with the code from mebo
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on April 01, 2010, 07:37:10 AM
I never looked at Twitter API but I wonder if a mod can be hooked to an existing publishing service.

A replacement mod would be really interesting because I really don't wanna give link value to a random site. 
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on April 03, 2010, 04:56:49 AM
What do you mean exactly? A mod that connects directly to the twitter/facebook api, like the 2be2 hosting mod. Or a mod that connects to something like twitterfeed?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on April 03, 2010, 10:20:26 AM
Yep, that would be very nice indeed :)
The mod is populair, so ...  ::)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on April 03, 2010, 12:07:37 PM
A mod that does the same thing - or better - as 2by2host's without the promo and without reliance on a third-party site to push content.

That would be awesome but time consuming, at least for me...
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rd on April 03, 2010, 12:42:23 PM
I started the framework for one of these a bit back, will dig it out and see what I can come up with, but I refuse to promise anything, other than if I do end up making this, it'll be a paid mod.

Free for me right :P

Just kidding, but paid is okay considering that there won't be any 3rd part mumbo jumbo used.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: nza2k on April 05, 2010, 04:44:51 PM
Thanks for the tip.

I just started to spread feeds on Facebook and Twitter. We'll see if it creates traffic.

Than I guess it is recommanded to add buttons like "follow us on Twitter and Facebook" on the website.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: WIZARD87 on April 05, 2010, 05:39:52 PM
Very Nice !  I have been using the other mod for a while but hate the copyright..this seems to get the job done without the fuss !

Bravo 
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: vijay bhaskar on April 06, 2010, 07:55:06 AM
Thanks for the info
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheListener on April 29, 2010, 07:08:47 PM
Would uninstalling the 'other' mod interrupt the tweets from the forum if I used the twitter tips from here?

I have a twitter button on the forum already.

Also how would I start a facebook fan/ feed page ( I'm not sure if I saw the instructions here)/

I wanna keep my real hair.

Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: gimmiefreebies on July 24, 2010, 12:26:02 AM
2by2 uses trim.su but they keep saying "account suspended"... when I asked they said I could buy the paid version to not have the urls shortened, or I could buy their web hosting... I told them that sucks!!  Thank you for this tip, I have been looking all over for something like this!!! :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: tazgal on July 24, 2010, 06:30:43 PM
I appear to be in an endless loop.  Twitterfeed said to click the button to authenticate Twitter account. When I click the button, a box ask me to allow or deny.  I select allow and then I get sent back to twitterfeed where it's asking me to authenticate the twitter account.  Does anyone know any tricks to get around this loop? 
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ~DS~ on July 24, 2010, 06:42:31 PM
I appear to be in an endless loop.  Twitterfeed said to click the button to authenticate Twitter account. When I click the button, a box ask me to allow or deny.  I select allow and then I get sent back to twitterfeed where it's asking me to authenticate the twitter account.  Does anyone know any tricks to get around this loop?
Looks like browser itself to me. Try another browser?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: skydiamond on August 03, 2010, 06:15:46 PM
Great trick! I'm going to test it. :D
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: lmoi on August 08, 2010, 03:43:55 PM
Ive tried this but its giving me this error message
'1 error prohibited this feed from being saved'
this is my rrs feed
'http://www.temicity.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=20'
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on August 09, 2010, 02:15:51 AM
Try this url:
www.temicity.com/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=20
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheListener on August 23, 2010, 12:34:58 PM
Twitterfeed keeps telling me the url is not recognised yet I am putting the rss feed details into the correct area.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on August 23, 2010, 02:00:04 PM
Could you post the url you try to use?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheListener on August 23, 2010, 02:01:41 PM
Will send it in a pm for ya.

Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: angeluisa on August 24, 2010, 12:07:42 PM
Great tips! I really like it and i learned a lot from this tips. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward for more. More power.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Polymath on August 28, 2010, 07:45:44 AM
Mine won't post. Says [feed status: Timeout exceeded (10secs) in downloading the feed (28 Aug 09:29) and Timeout exceeded (10secs) in downloading the feed (28 Aug 09:29)]

Wow. That bad
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: thefley on August 28, 2010, 03:21:22 PM
Thank you SO MUCH for this post!!! it has saved me so many problems and it was so simple to do!!!

anyone thinking of useing 2by2 should STAY AWAY from that mod.  No support and nothing but trouble if you install it on your site.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: AmyJing on August 30, 2010, 05:33:48 AM
Thank you very much, the tip so useful.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: xpubstargamingx on August 30, 2010, 08:55:00 AM
Added this, I will provide feedback after this program starts sending out messages for me.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: chrishicks on September 03, 2010, 09:03:36 PM
Thanks for this tip. I noticed my Twitter Mod by 2by2 stopped working on the 1st so I came looking as to why. After seeing that topic I noticed this mentioned and now I'm back in service. Of course I can't remove the other mod as I'm using one of the older versions and it won't do a clean uninstall. If only I could get rid of their advert. since I'm no longer using it.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ford1001 on September 04, 2010, 01:33:58 AM
I have been using this for quite a while now and it is very helpful!!!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: KensonPlays on September 06, 2010, 02:54:10 AM
Bookmarked for later! :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: fckool on September 09, 2010, 10:45:33 PM
Twitter no longer allows third parties such as Twitterfeed to use your username and password. To log in, please click Authenticate button above to authenticate your account

 :-[ :-[ :'(
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Chen Zhen on September 11, 2010, 01:19:21 PM
Excellent tip Mr. Jinx!!  8)

This works great for twitter and facebook.


Thank you kindly!  :)  :)



Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on September 18, 2010, 11:52:09 PM
Nice.. Bookmarked
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sandmannd on September 20, 2010, 08:58:48 PM
I would love to use this but I can't find my rss feed anywhere. Do I have to install something first??
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on September 21, 2010, 01:07:21 AM
I would love to use this but I can't find my rss feed anywhere. Do I have to install something first??

nope, just read the tutorial, it explains how to add the RSS... (read carefully)  8)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sandmannd on September 21, 2010, 03:19:45 PM
I get "Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid" and I'm trying to use the URL http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: chrishicks on September 22, 2010, 05:06:26 AM
I'm not sure if I missed it in the topic or what but is there a way to stop it from grabbing replies to topics?

Example: I have it posting subject title only. Say that title is "check out this video". If I get 10 replies to the topic my Twitter page looks like:

Check out this video..(link)
Re: Check out this video..(link)
Re: Check out this video..(link)
Re: Check out this video..(link)
etc.

I've tried some random settings but I can't seem to stop it from grabbing the replies. Anyone else have/had this issue and what settings fixed it?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on September 22, 2010, 11:39:09 PM
at  chrishicks,

did you enable the post details settings in twitter feed, advanced settings??
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Oya on September 23, 2010, 04:20:06 AM
add ;sa=news to the rss feed url
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on September 23, 2010, 05:48:30 AM
I get "Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid" and I'm trying to use the URL http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
Just proceed. Mine have that too but it works just fine.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on September 23, 2010, 06:57:13 AM
I get "Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid" and I'm trying to use the URL http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
Because you are using TinyPortal, you may want to try this URL:
http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/?type=rss;action=.xml
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: chrishicks on September 23, 2010, 07:25:17 AM
at  chrishicks,

did you enable the post details settings in twitter feed, advanced settings??

Thanks for the reply. Mine is set up exactly like the image(advanced settings) in the very first post in this topic to the dime. Should I change a setting in there somewhere?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on September 23, 2010, 08:27:36 AM
There is tips and tricks for SMF rss where you can pick only New Topic and not replies for rss. Do search for it.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: smitch6 on September 25, 2010, 03:36:22 AM
brill info thanks
i successfully connected to my twitter group
one slight problem which i seem to be having all the time is my FB group
i have a FB personal ac and have set a group up for the website
all these applications want to connect to my personal and not the group

has anyone any idea how to get around this please thanks
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sandmannd on October 03, 2010, 12:39:54 PM
I get "Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid" and I'm trying to use the URL http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
Because you are using TinyPortal, you may want to try this URL:
http://www.uppermidwestoutdoors.com/forum/?type=rss;action=.xml

That did it, thank you.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dani88 on October 04, 2010, 10:28:52 AM
I have the address so I
Code: [Select]
http://www.adictosweb.net/foro/.xml.html;type=rss and then I take but I want to make him only the downloads forums that not all see on twitter as I? Greetings
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sandmannd on October 12, 2010, 08:39:32 PM
This is working fine for me but is there a way to only post it on the first post of a topic? Also to limit which boards are the ones allowed to post to it?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on October 12, 2010, 08:41:59 PM
Examples:

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
This will publish all new topics and replies

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10
This will publish all new topics from board 10 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10,12,15
This will publish all new topics from board 10, 12 and 15 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members
This will publish all new members.
Using the Post Prefix and Suffix in the advanced section on Twitterfeed you can make messages like "Welcome on our forum, username !

More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0)
Yes. If you read the above in the OP properly you can find that sa=news is for new post only and you can follow More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0) too.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: gisfreak on October 13, 2010, 02:36:27 AM
using 2by2host mod before, and uninstall it, and i want to add this functio again, but those mod are commercial right now  :o
thanx for this free tips   ;D
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: KensonPlays on October 13, 2010, 12:54:34 PM
goodbye 2by2host! hello twitterfeed!!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on October 15, 2010, 11:16:45 AM
will this post feeds from my hidden boards as well? I have an Admin board hidden from public. will it pull those feeds?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: KensonPlays on October 15, 2010, 03:39:50 PM
it shouldn't, although i told it to pull all, and another for just Announcements. i hope not!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on October 15, 2010, 04:12:15 PM
You can choose which board you want and you don't want. But basically, all boards where guest have no access will not be posted. You can see the samples on how to post selected boards only.
Examples:

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
This will publish all new topics and replies

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10
This will publish all new topics from board 10 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10,12,15
This will publish all new topics from board 10, 12 and 15 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members
This will publish all new members.
Using the Post Prefix and Suffix in the advanced section on Twitterfeed you can make messages like "Welcome on our forum, username !

More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on October 16, 2010, 04:38:45 AM
it shouldn't, although i told it to pull all, and another for just Announcements. i hope not!

thanks.  :D
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: xpubstargamingx on October 18, 2010, 11:00:07 AM
TwittterFeed has been amazing, but for some reason it hasn't updated in over 14 hours. Normally it does every 30 minutes.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on October 19, 2010, 01:17:58 PM
It's now possible to exclude posts by using keywords.
For example, if you don't want to send topics starting with "MOVED: bla bla", you can enter an exclusion in twitterfeed like '--MOVED:'

http://blog.twitterfeed.com/post/1347203304/feature-friday-2-and-a-new-way-to-reach-support
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: KensonPlays on October 20, 2010, 01:35:02 AM
Thanks Mr jinx!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on October 20, 2010, 02:21:14 AM
Nice to hear :)
Ps : just to be sure, I am in no way related to twitterfeed.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on October 20, 2010, 02:49:16 AM
Nice to hear :)
Ps : just to be sure, I am in no way related to twitterfeed.

roger that... :), thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheMortician4 on October 20, 2010, 02:00:44 PM
Twitter and Facebook are very populair platforms to spread the news. Wouldn't it be great if you could publish new forum topics to this platform? This way people can subscribe to your forum's Twitter / Facebook page so they always know what is going on. It might even get you new visitors and improve traffic to your site.

This tutorial will show you how to automatically sent new SMF topics to your Twitter or Facebook account without modifying your SMF code.

  • Compatible with all SMF 1.x and SMF 2.x versions
  • Unlike other mods, doesn't need any installation or code change
  • Keeps working even if you upgrade your forum
  • Completely free without anoying copyrights

Example: http://twitter.com/chelloo_com
All tweets you see there are new SMF topics, automatically imported by twitterfeed.

INDEX
1. How to setup an SMF Feed to Twitter
2. How to setup an SMF Feed to Facebook
3. RSS Feeds examples
4. Other Idea's



1. How to setup an SMF Feed to Twitter
  • If you don't already have it, open an account on Twitter.com (https://twitter.com/signup)
  • Next open a free account on Twitterfeed.com (http://twitterfeed.com/users/new)
  • Click on 'create new feed':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter1.PNG&hash=f09593cd9afc6ccea95f3265a8fa4dff)
    Feed Name = Whatever you like
    RSS Feed URL = http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter2.PNG&hash=61016f43ca8d6e607e4203156b24b564)
    I've set the posting frequency to every hour with a maximum of 5 posts.
    Don't worry that you are going to miss posts. It will catch up every hour.
    Post Content = title only (that should be enough for now)
  • Continue to step 2:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter3.PNG&hash=50a5c19b02b9583c9540e8b7f9a2d06d)
    Select 'Twitter'
  • In the last step you need to authenticate with Twitter:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ftwitter4.PNG&hash=32e78cccb53b9e1d638743b392592b4c)
    You don't need to worry about security. Twitterfeed.com is a well known free service and uses 'oauth'. You give the application the rights to post twitters without giving them your password.
    I recommend that you remove the UTM tags (twitterfeed / twitter) because this is not needed
  • Finally, click on 'Create Service' and you're done!


2. How to setup an SMF Feed to Facebook
  • If you don't already have it, open an account on Facebook.com (http://www.facebook.com/)
  • Next open a free account on Twitterfeed.com (http://twitterfeed.com/users/new)
  • Click on 'create new feed':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook1.PNG&hash=24e2529d77e8a429e9bba94c814f6799)
    Feed Name = Whatever you like
    RSS Feed URL = http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings':
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook2.PNG&hash=6566af4886821617f6a826068bf7ff88)
    I've set the posting frequency to every hour with a maximum of 5 posts.
    Don't worry that you are going to miss posts. It will catch up every hour.
    Post Content = title only (that should be enough for now)
  • Continue to step 2:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook3.PNG&hash=a7dd3cc00400b3a4de3975af45ef600f)
    Select 'Facebook'
  • In the last step you need to authenticate with Facebook:
    (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chelloo.com%2Fimages%2Ftemp%2Ffacebook4.PNG&hash=dfb13b000596da1a7905b3c94c35bc88)
    You don't need to worry about security. Twitterfeed.com is a well known free service. You give the twitterfeed application the rights to post to facebook using the facebook api without giving them your password.
  • On this page, once authenticated, you can also choose on which page you want to publish your SMF feed. You can publish on you own wall, but you can also publish on pages you created, or where you are administrator. It's not possible to publish a feed to a group.
  • Finally, click on 'Create Service' and you're done!


3. RSS Feeds examples
In the example I used 'http://www.yoursite.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news'
This feed will publish all new topics.
However you are free to customize this. The are lots of options you can use to format a RSS Feed.

note: Only use RSS feeds that are public. If you have a board that requires you to login to read topics the feed won't work because twitterfeed can't login.

Examples:

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml
This will publish all new topics and replies

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10
This will publish all new topics from board 10 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10,12,15
This will publish all new topics from board 10, 12 and 15 only

index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members
This will publish all new members.
Using the Post Prefix and Suffix in the advanced section on Twitterfeed you can make messages like "Welcome on our forum, username !

More RSS Feed options (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0)


4. Other Idea's
thnx Paracelsus for this tip! (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=360150.msg2457517#msg2457517)
If you want to include the boardname in every feed, that's possible.
First, you have to setup a seperate feed for each board using for example:
index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=10

Next, go to the advanced setting of each feed and add the board title to the 'Post Prefix'

This is the error I get when I go to page #2

Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: rosannAllen on October 20, 2010, 04:15:06 PM
Amazing I could use this one!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on October 20, 2010, 04:54:20 PM
Quote
This is the error I get when I go to page #2

Feedurl We couldn't parse this feed, please check URL and/or feed content are valid
What url are you using? That would help.

Ps: you shouldn't quote the complete startpost.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheMortician4 on October 20, 2010, 05:29:50 PM
Well, I tried to feed the forum: http://www.bbiclan.com/forum/index.php?board=1.0 which is just a simple General Websites Announcement Forum. I have yet to figure out how to get the system to take the latest news, or to create the latest news, and feed that. So I figured I would start off simple and just try to feed the forum that is a general announcement forum. I wanted to feed these to Facebook, but the URL above kept failing...


I am lost...
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Oya on October 20, 2010, 05:36:59 PM
that isn't the right url  you have to give a rss feed url instead

but in your case guests can't get to the forum anyway so it won't work

if you did have guest access the url would be http://www.bbiclan.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml;type=rss;sa=news;board=1
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheMortician4 on October 20, 2010, 06:43:37 PM
I tried that. I gave access to guest in the form through the admin panel, I then tried that line using the correct board #, and received an error...


That's where I became even more lost than I was to start with...
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: TheMortician4 on October 20, 2010, 06:52:19 PM
Import Failed
We couldn't find a feed using the URL you provided.

This is the message I received even trying to use the same feed you gave me to the notes in facebook. The forum is open to guests according to the admin panel.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Oya on October 20, 2010, 07:18:58 PM
nope that board still isn't open to guests

go to that link, it asks you to log in!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sdkid on November 12, 2010, 01:37:40 AM
For me, the RSS feed was accepted just fine.  It just would NOT post to the page I created.

So now I have an hour and a half invested in this damned thing.  Following the support forums for this little service, I found a lot of people with the same issue as me.  One suggestion was to essentially say p|ss on twitterfeed--- try http://dlvr.it

I did.

Literally 5 minutes later, I have an rss feed from my site to a FB page for my site.   :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ilovelouis on December 15, 2010, 10:38:44 AM
Cool! I will apply it to my board. :laugh:
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: chinaren on December 30, 2010, 06:19:11 AM
Many thanks for posting this! 
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dharshan on December 30, 2010, 11:17:16 AM
this is one of the best things i've found here... so easy and so cool.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: samurai-lupin on January 02, 2011, 05:01:03 AM
Hello, I have followed the hints and it works for me with twitter but when wanting to add it to Facebook I get

"We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly.
"

during the authentication process. Do you have any advice?

Thank you
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: sdkid on January 06, 2011, 10:36:10 AM
Hello, I have followed the hints and it works for me with twitter but when wanting to add it to Facebook I get

"We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly.
"

during the authentication process. Do you have any advice?

Thank you

I had teh same issue....  I tried http://dlvr.it instead--and that worked.  Now both of them are working for me at different intervals.  :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: samurai-lupin on January 07, 2011, 05:58:17 AM
Thank you! I will try it!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on January 13, 2011, 06:08:46 AM
Yeah, try it and you will love it. If you still have problem, ask here again with description of your steps.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Uhura! on January 28, 2011, 07:02:08 PM
Thanks a million!

Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Study Force on February 04, 2011, 05:35:37 PM
Thank you so much for your help! Amazing idea.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: steveraven on February 22, 2011, 06:23:00 PM
Super idea that I'd not considered at all - been playing all day with this!

Not overly impressed with twitterfeed though as it was very hit and miss, so I put the same code into twitterlive which is far more intuitive.

Re the Facebook problems - if you sync your twitter account with Facebook using facebook's twitter app, your twitter feeds will automatically appear on Facebook
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: purnima on February 28, 2011, 11:45:27 PM
I feel that How to setup an SMF feed to Twitter and Facebook are the best tips
which you proposed.  Really this is a useful information.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on March 01, 2011, 12:54:03 PM
I feel that How to setup an SMF feed to Twitter and Facebook are the best tips
which you proposed.  Really this is a useful information.
Indeed it is.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Cytheria on March 02, 2011, 11:14:01 PM
I knew how to do this with Twitter and Twitterfeed, but I didn't realize it works with Facebook as well. cool, I'll get on it right away. Thanks.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: bretttina on March 14, 2011, 09:35:15 AM
great tut and thanks  :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: vakfikebirli on March 18, 2011, 01:33:53 PM
thans. i use now
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: pearpandas on March 25, 2011, 02:37:31 PM
Thanks this is super useful!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: kosher nostra on March 27, 2011, 02:39:09 PM
It worked fine, but I notice after the first feed , it hasn't fed any other posts. Any reason why?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Spale on March 27, 2011, 02:49:45 PM
Interesting suggestion, I will try it on my board.

But keep in mind that TwitterFeed is pretty unstable service, my experience with other sites is that its stops posting from feed with no reason.
Then you must contact tech support to make it work again.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: kosher nostra on March 27, 2011, 03:46:55 PM
I got it to work again, but I'll prefer a share button instead, if I can figure it out.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on March 27, 2011, 11:44:32 PM
I got it to work again, but I'll prefer a share button instead, if I can figure it out.
For that yo have to use other mods. Do search.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: pearpandas on April 08, 2011, 09:15:53 AM
This is cool... thanks!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on April 16, 2011, 09:17:58 AM
 I Really Think this is a Marketing moster . But I am Having Trouble geting connected to LINKEDIN
Anyone else have this problem ?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on April 16, 2011, 01:04:04 PM
I Really Think this is a Marketing moster . But I am Having Trouble geting connected to LINKEDIN
Anyone else have this problem ?
I have no problem with this so far. May be you need to try again?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on April 16, 2011, 05:47:25 PM
HelloTxt post should be one of Default, Friend, or Colleague
the above is my error and i have no clue what it means
thanks kathleen
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on April 16, 2011, 06:17:49 PM
My mistake , Fixed, Can you say STUPID
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ahrasis on April 16, 2011, 11:38:06 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on April 17, 2011, 08:45:30 AM
Thanks ahrasis
There was a link next to the Input for API I did not click, Once clicked  the Default Drop down Appeared. Yawl area awesome for the continued  Tolerance with My silliness and lack to remove the foot from my mouth SMILE
Kathleen
 :P
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: denysaputra on May 09, 2011, 06:38:13 AM
Hi, thank you for sharing,
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on May 09, 2011, 10:14:19 AM
 I Guess I Thought This would post updates from my Forum to My linkedin Account , Not True
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on May 09, 2011, 10:50:38 AM
You should take a look at http://dlvr.it
It supports LinkedIn!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Kathleen Chute on May 09, 2011, 12:07:51 PM
Thanks for the Link
Kathleen
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ApplianceJunk on September 17, 2011, 08:49:08 AM
Works great, thanks!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: smartblogz on January 17, 2012, 06:13:48 AM
Awesome. Thanks .
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Benchtech on January 20, 2012, 05:44:38 PM
Brilliant Tutorial!!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: neyola on February 05, 2012, 02:29:16 PM
I have been using twitter feed even before you posted this.

BUT ONE MAJOR PROBLEM, I JUST WANT IT TO POST NEW TOPICS ONLY AND NOT REPLIES (i.e Posts starting with Re)
I tried using title only but it still posts "Re-Topic"

Is there a way round this?

Thanks
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on February 07, 2012, 02:14:19 AM
Yes, that is what I do too.
All you have to do is use the correct RSS feed. It's  described in the startpost.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: neyola on February 07, 2012, 07:48:28 AM
Yes! solved
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: smartblogz on February 09, 2012, 09:02:14 AM
Just wanted to say. WOW! :D
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: ThunderBucks on February 10, 2012, 10:45:46 AM
This is awesome but I have an issue.  Twitterfeed stopped updating it after the first time and now where it says feed status I have this time out message  [feed status: Timeout exceeded (10secs) in downloading the feed (10 Feb 15:19)]

Any ideas or suggestions on how to fix this?


Thanks
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 03:55:06 AM
Hello,

Having a slight issue with this one, when trying to get it to post certain boards I can't work out what the board number is:

One of the ones I wanted to use is this http://not.dnsalias.org/index.php/board,114.0.html so whats the board number?
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dzonny on June 01, 2012, 03:57:00 AM
Hello,

Having a slight issue with this one, when trying to get it to post certain boards I can't work out what the board number is:

One of the ones I wanted to use is this http://not.dnsalias.org/index.php/board,114.0.html so whats the board number?
114 should be the one i guess :)
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 03:59:55 AM
ah right ok, I think I can work it now then! lol

Thank you!
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 04:12:34 AM
This isn't working, it automatically changes what I post to http://not.dnsalias.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=fr2kprs5djqdb34cin0n387ct6&type=rss;action=.xml
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dzonny on June 01, 2012, 04:17:48 AM
Did you used this url?
Code: [Select]
http://not.dnsalias.org/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=114
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 04:19:05 AM
yep and it changes it back to that above.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: Dzonny on June 01, 2012, 04:29:25 AM
yep and it changes it back to that above.
Hm, did you try dlvr.it and twitterlive.net as well?
twitterfeed.com works fine for me though, but you can try alternatives i guess.
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 04:33:15 AM
I think I may have sorted it! I THINK! lol
Title: Re: Easy way to Twitter or Facebook your SMF forum (no coding required)
Post by: jennyc on June 01, 2012, 05:03:47 AM
Yep working! THANK YOU
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on June 01, 2012, 01:19:11 PM
Good to hear it worked voor you! 8)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: fma965 on June 16, 2012, 03:20:50 PM
thanks used dlvr.it instead but you gave me the info about the rss feeds
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: đukela on June 19, 2012, 01:02:11 PM
How come if I try to limit feeds to certain boards I get this error:

''Your feed might be empty or missing publish dates or GUIDs. A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed''

If I put

mydomain/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news

it works nice, but this does not:

mydomain/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=1

Any idea?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on June 20, 2012, 05:04:20 PM
Are you sure you are using the correct board id?
The first board doesn't have to be '1'.
Click on a board and take a look at the URL.
Is the board public?

If you still have problems, post the url you are trying to add to twitterfeed right here.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: đukela on June 22, 2012, 07:06:41 AM
The board id is ok, but not so relevant since I tried several of them. They all exist and are public.

It seems twitterfeed has a problem in reading the url when board option is added:

www.bioenergija-forum.net/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=1
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on June 23, 2012, 04:06:25 AM
Ah I see, nothing wrong there.
Board 1 is empty, just place atleast one post in board 1 and everything will be fine.

I tried a feed from board 4, which has a post in it, and it worked fine:
http://www.bioenergija-forum.net/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=news;boards=4
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: đukela on June 23, 2012, 07:54:39 AM
Yeah, indeed. I was not aware of that.

Thanks
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: tommoty on September 12, 2012, 12:11:37 PM
Could u tell me haw can i install in ver 1.1.1.11   :-[
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: digilocker on March 06, 2013, 06:04:26 AM
Best tip ever! Thank you very much.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: TheListener on April 06, 2013, 11:56:31 PM
It may be worth mentioning this tip is still good to go.

However for those of you whom wish to use twitter and facebook you only have to fill in details for twitter.

The automatic log ins do the rest.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: toastedone on April 13, 2013, 12:11:13 PM
I have set this up and it is posting every single post I and others make, is there a way to set it so it just posts new topics rather than every post within a topic?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: TheListener on April 13, 2013, 12:12:34 PM
Don't forget this is automatically done.

One of the mods may be more suited for ya.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: toastedone on April 13, 2013, 12:14:54 PM
I guess it will help get the forum name out there, I just do not want to annoy followers seeing every single post posted on the forum
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Arantor on April 13, 2013, 12:16:02 PM
Sure there is, add ;sa=news to the feed URL so it only promotes new topics.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: TheListener on April 13, 2013, 12:16:35 PM
Hopefully it will encourage them to register lol.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: toastedone on April 13, 2013, 12:17:16 PM
Do I add ;sa=news to the end of the rss url?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Arantor on April 13, 2013, 12:18:16 PM
Sure there is, add ;sa=news to the feed URL so it only promotes new topics.

Um, yes?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: toastedone on April 13, 2013, 12:19:08 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: knightofdoom on April 23, 2013, 02:29:08 AM
Thanks .. im gonna try this
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: toastedone on April 25, 2013, 04:02:30 PM
Is there a way to get this to post an image from the topic to facebook?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: PLAYBOY on May 24, 2013, 04:22:32 AM
Does this put any copyright or and ad to your posts or anywhere? It looks very nice and all but what is the catch?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: TheListener on May 25, 2013, 07:06:27 PM
No copyrights or ads.

Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Scareface on July 13, 2013, 03:41:18 AM
Pretty useful stuff thanks. Will be using this. O:)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Study Force on July 24, 2013, 04:18:23 PM
I find that after x amount of days, the service expires automatically. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: MechSpecs on July 25, 2013, 12:58:57 AM
I find that after x amount of days, the service expires automatically. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

I think the Twitter one is indefinite but the Facebook one expires after 3 months or 6 months or something like that.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: TheListener on July 25, 2013, 11:35:01 AM
I've not experienced any problems with either of them.

With facebook you can automatically share your tweets direct from twitter.

 :)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Study Force on July 25, 2013, 11:43:20 AM
I've not experienced any problems with either of them.

With facebook you can automatically share your tweets direct from twitter.

 :)

In that case, you could use twitterfeed.com as a vehicle to post to your twitter without expiry, and then have Facebook fetch all your twitter feeds ;) I'm liking this.

Only problem, I now how to make a Twitter account :-\
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: makedir on August 14, 2013, 06:07:10 AM
Nice thought of spreading and stretching discussions ,
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Phphelp on August 22, 2013, 10:11:36 PM
This sounds cool, but the only way to really get new follows and traffic would be to include hash tags.

I wonder if there is a database of hash tags database that can we can incorporate, so when it tweats out from the RSS Feed hash tag words can have # signs in front of it.

Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: MechSpecs on August 26, 2013, 01:12:34 PM
I wonder if there is a database of hash tags database that can we can incorporate, so when it tweats out from the RSS Feed hash tag words can have # signs in front of it.

Not quite sure what you mean but I use the method I described in a previous post here and it sends out the hashtags just fine. As evidenced by https://twitter.com/MechSpecs
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: PierreP_whited00r_com on August 26, 2013, 11:41:54 PM
Thank you for this useful thread.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: andy99 on September 07, 2013, 05:57:48 AM
hi.. thanks for the great idea....

quick question:
is there way for me to post my rss feed to my facebook group instead of my profile? thanks.

/r
Andy
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: MidasBalaa on November 06, 2013, 10:05:54 AM
I am getting this error

ok Your feed might be empty or missing publish dates or GUIDs. A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see help

Any idea what the problem is?

My feed

http://www.kenyanbestforum.com/index.php?action=.xml;sa=news (http://www.kenyanbestforum.com/index.php?action=.xml;sa=news)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Arantor on November 06, 2013, 10:12:27 AM
You're using the wrong URL.

Try:
http://www.kenyanbestforum.com/index.php?action=.xml;sa=news;type=rss
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Ron Austin on August 05, 2014, 11:24:15 AM
Looks like no one has posted here for a while.  I was looking for a way to tweet from SMF and found this thread.  I would like to try it,  but try as I might, I can not figure out how to find the board numbers that you are talking about.  Been using smf and tiny portal for a couple of years and just created a new site using 2.08 and simple portal.

marg edit: no need for big size text ;)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: margarett on August 05, 2014, 11:46:00 AM
The board numbers are the board IDs.

When you point your mouse over a board you see it at the end of the link. Eg: I point the mouse at this board "Tips and Tricks". This is the board link http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=72.0
So the board "number" is 72 ;)
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Ron Austin on August 05, 2014, 12:01:50 PM
ah!  so simple, yet if you don't know what the heck your are doing it is so easy to miss.

Thanks. 
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on April 21, 2015, 12:29:29 PM
Just a small update:
'dlvr.it' has Google+ support.
I'm using dlvr.it currently to sent new topics to twitter, facebook and google+.
Works very well but it is not free.

Twitterfeed is still awesome as it is completely free (but no Google+ support).

ps: can't edit the start post ?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Scott_T on September 26, 2015, 09:11:53 PM
Sure hope your still keeping tabs on this Mr. Jinx.

Working, but for some reason facebook is grabbing a weird thumbnail via twitterfeed. I'm trying to figure it out via the twitterfeeds link:

http://help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88126-why-is-the-wrong-thumbnail-title-or-description-b

But not sure how that ties into SMF

Any help appreciated...

Scott
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Scott_T on September 27, 2015, 03:23:59 PM
Found a fix....Using the SMF SAfacebook add on.....It works....
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Black Tiger on December 15, 2015, 08:25:17 PM
I'm trying to get a happy birthday to new users on twitter. Is there an rss feed for this too?

Next to that I would like to welcome new users so I use this line as in the example as rss feed:
Code: [Select]
http://www.mydomain.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml;sa=members;limit=5
However, twitterfeed gives an error notice with this one:
Quote
Feedurl A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see http://help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88117-twitterfeed-says-we-couldn-t-find-valid-date-time

So I looked at the help and it says this:
Quote
1.   Take a look at your feed - is there a date/time showing on every item in the feed? If not, you may be using an older version of RSS (0.92) which doesn't include publish dates. Your blog will probably provide the same feed in RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.0 format (both of which contain publish dates), so try and find the feed URL for the RSS 2.0 or Atom feed (see "How do I find my feed URL" above if you have difficulty finding the feed URLs)

2.   The dates need to be in a specific, valid format in order to be read correctly. If your feed does contain date/time stamps but you still get the above message, try entering your feed URL at feedvalidator.org - this is a useful online tool which can show common problems with feeds, including invalid date formats.

Anything that can be fixed so twitterfeed will do the new users again? And maybe some idea's about saying happy birthday to users on twitter via twitterfeed?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Black Tiger on December 15, 2015, 08:30:30 PM
I just ran that feed through feedvalidator.org and discovered the xml is not pointing to my domain?
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<smf:xml-feed xmlns:smf="http://www.simplemachines.org/" xmlns="http://www.simplemachines.org/xml/members" xml:lang="nl-NL.utf8">
As you can see it points to simplemachines.org. Maybe that is causing the issue? How can i fix this?
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on December 16, 2015, 04:15:06 PM
You should also add a type=rss:
Code: [Select]
http://www.mydomain.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members;limit=5However, the latest members function seems to be broken with Simple Portal? The list stays empty on my site.

It works over here:
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml;sa=members;limit=5
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Black Tiger on December 16, 2015, 04:41:56 PM
The type=rss just makes it a more nicer display, but it still gives the same error notice on Twitterfeed about dates or GUID.

Quote
The list stays empty on my site.
It works on my site, with and without "type=rss". Do you have rss feeds enabled? Because it won't work when they are not enabled.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on August 22, 2016, 03:32:30 AM
Next to that I would like to welcome new users so I use this line as in the example as rss feed:
Code: [Select]
http://www.mydomain.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml;sa=members;limit=5
However, twitterfeed gives an error notice with this one:
Quote
Feedurl A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see http://help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88117-twitterfeed-says-we-couldn-t-find-valid-date-time
I just saw your question (again). Did you ever solve this? It's actually a nice idea to welcome new users this way.
The feed isn't working because the member feed is only visible while logged in. As a guest, the member feed is empty. That's why twitterfeed complains.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: KirkhamsEbooks on October 20, 2016, 11:48:29 PM
TwitterFeed is closing as of Oct 31 2016 any other suggestions?

Rick
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Mr. Jinx on October 25, 2016, 11:46:13 AM
Dlvr.it works very well for me, but I'm not sure what you get for free.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: KnownSyntax on October 31, 2016, 08:33:25 PM
Pretty good guide for those who didn't know! Plus it's an easy way for people to see what is going on with the forum when they aren't always on it, or for a way to share out announcements from your community when things change or get updated.
Title: Re: SMF forum posts to Twitter / Facebook (without mods/coding!)
Post by: Black Tiger on June 01, 2017, 07:46:50 PM
For reference purposes. These options are still available.

Effective June 1, 2017 Dlvr.it Basic users will be limited to 10 posts per social profile per day.
RSSFlare is an option, has unlimited posts I believe, but only allows 1 feed source.

Or you can use Feedburner to post to Twitter (or RSSFlare) and have Twitter automatically post to Facebook.
Or use a mod. :)