Advertisement:

Author Topic: SMF RSS and Twitter  (Read 23811 times)

Offline skadamo

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
SMF RSS and Twitter
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:24:54 PM »
Found a decent way to promote my site on twitter.

1) Create a Twitter Account. http://twitter.com/ [nofollow]
2) Grab your sites RSS for your forum.  I recommend topics only (sa=News) but it's up to you.  see: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0;wap2 for tips on SMF RSS.
3) Goto http://twitterfeed.com/ [nofollow] and pipe the RSS to your twitter account.
4) Start following anyone who mentions keywords related to your sites subject by searching http://search.twitter.com [nofollow]

I took it a step further and aggregate all of my SMF sites using Drupal and then send that to a twitter acount.
Examples:
http://twitter.com/korider [nofollow] (SMF / Twitterfeed)
http://twitter.com/WringIt [nofollow] (Drupal Aggregation of SMF / Twitterfeed)

Anyone else doing something similar?  Any better ideas?

If you are into SMF, powersports and motorcycles follow me up!  http://twitter.com/skadamo [nofollow]


« Last Edit: March 12, 2009, 12:28:34 PM by skadamo »

Offline skadamo

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009, 03:07:08 PM »
After I posted this I was thinking.  If you are concerned with retaining followers you may want to limit the number of tweets at any given time.  > 3 at a time is probably a bad idea.  Too much of a good thing for your followers.

Offline bosmolskate

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 10
  • Gender: Female
    • SEO Optimizers Website promotion
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 03:45:31 PM »
Interesting approach.  have you seen a large increase of web traffic to your site using these techniques?

Offline ApplianceJunk

  • SMF Hero
  • ******
  • Posts: 3,483
    • ApplianceJunk.com
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 04:49:34 PM »
Very interesting, thanks!

Offline skadamo

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2009, 10:22:51 AM »
:D not many referrals with this method so far.  Maybe a dozen in the last few weeks.

But, it is easy to implement.

Once more people understand Twitter I will be interested to see if this changes.

Offline skadamo

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 09:39:13 AM »

Offline walker

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
    • Occasion to be...
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2009, 05:13:35 PM »
I've been using friend feed to rebroadcast the forum feed to twitter

works well except for when the forum gets spammed

then my twitter feed does too


sure wish there was a good working akismet mod for 1.1.8'


@Occasion2B



Offline skadamo

  • Semi-Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2009, 09:25:12 PM »
Checked out FriendFeed, like that too, thanks.

As an update, twitter is now the #1 referrer (with 74 referrals) for a small site of mine.  http://electricmotorcycleforum.com [nofollow] Twitter account is http://twitter.com/ElectricRiders [nofollow] if you want to take a look.

Anyone else having success?

Offline Dzonny

  • Localizer
  • SMF Super Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 11,923
  • Gender: Male
  • No sleep...
    • dzontra.nikola on Facebook
    • Dzonny on GitHub
    • dzontranikola on LinkedIn
    • @opusteniforum on Twitter
    • Samo opusteno
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2009, 11:32:18 AM »
interesting tip, thanks... :)

Offline Drover

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 199
    • National Prepper Exchange
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2009, 07:51:27 PM »
I'm trying to do exactly what you are but TwitterFeed is saying it can't parse my feed.  Feed validaotr says:

Quote
It looks like this is a web page, not a feed. I looked for a feed associated with this page, but couldn't find one. Please enter the address of your feed to validate.

Here's my feed: http://www.twittertycoons.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml;sa=recent;limit=1;type=rss2

I tried RSS, Atom, etc. but none of them work.

Any idea what the problem is?.  :(

Offline TheDisturbedOne

  • SMF Hero
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,700
    • Disturbed Message Board
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2009, 07:55:31 PM »
I should start doing this...
Somebody reply to this so that I'll remember.

Offline Vekseid

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 548
  • Gender: Male
    • Elliquiy Adult Role Playing Forums
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2009, 10:56:56 PM »
I just realized how potentially awesome this could be if I piped it to my roleplaying forums...
Adult Role Playing Forums - - Over five million posts - - Elliquiy's LAMP configuration (maybe NSFW)

Blog about Forums and Servers - - Twenty things to make Simple Machines Forum go faster

Private/Instant Message requests for free support will be ignored.

Offline Drover

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 199
    • National Prepper Exchange
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009, 06:58:36 AM »
Maybe the problem is that some of the boards are not open to guests?

Offline Vekseid

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 548
  • Gender: Male
    • Elliquiy Adult Role Playing Forums
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2009, 09:27:29 AM »
Gated communities are like that : )

I'll figure something out eventually.
Adult Role Playing Forums - - Over five million posts - - Elliquiy's LAMP configuration (maybe NSFW)

Blog about Forums and Servers - - Twenty things to make Simple Machines Forum go faster

Private/Instant Message requests for free support will be ignored.

Offline Drover

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 199
    • National Prepper Exchange
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2009, 10:30:38 AM »
Gated communities are like that : )

"Gated Communities"...I like that.  Well ya gotta keep out the riff raff somehow.  ;)

Offline ArkServer

  • SMF Hero
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,831
  • My posts are my own
    • BlushyFace | A spoopy and creppy site
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2009, 06:44:24 PM »
My feed is http://www.engineeringserver.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml , but it took a while to figure out how openID worked. :(

Offline Justyne

  • SMF Friend
  • SMF Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 1,414
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2009, 07:20:35 PM »
interestitng idea. might have to try that
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Offline ohdearie54

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2010, 09:32:04 AM »
hello, i have found that promoting your smf forum on twitter destroys your real numbers of visitors (Users Online) as you get lots of "visitors" automatically following you.

also someone is using the rss feed to twitter my forum. whilst i am flattered it means that i am getting 30 or 40 people automatically appearing on the forum for every post and showing up on the "Users Online" count.

i now dont have a clue what sort of visitor stats i am actually getting :(

does anyone know how to
1)  stop it when i twitter links to my forum posts
2) stop it when people follow rss feed?

thanks

Offline Arantor

  • Resident Overthinker
  • SMF Friend
  • SMF Legend
  • *
  • Posts: 71,400
    • StoryBB/StoryBB on GitHub
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2010, 09:53:39 AM »
Disabling the RSS feed from Admin > News and Newsletters wouldn't hurt but really once it's started it isn't going to stop much.
Don’t try to tell me that some power can corrupt a person. You haven’t had enough to know what it’s like.

No good deed goes unpunished / No act of charity goes unresented.

Offline ohdearie54

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: SMF RSS and Twitter
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2010, 10:50:03 AM »
thanks for your help with that :)