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Tools to automatically post your blog posts to social networking tools (Twitter, Facebook, etc)




Getting your updates on Twitter is an important part of your blog promotion strategy. Twitter (and other Social Networking sites such as Facebook) are an important overall platform, widely adopted by a huge number of users overall. At any point of time, there are a number of users who will be searching on Twitter for those topics on which you blog, and if they find your posts on Twitter, then there is a chance that they may become your follower and read your posts (and if interesting enough, even circulate them to more people).
When I started out putting posts on Twitter, I used to hand-post each post on Twitter, and that seemed a very inefficient way of doing things, so I started searching for alternatives, and found plenty. Here are some:
1. Twitterfeed (link). Free to use, an online service, although can get a bit slow sometimes. Was fairly easy to use, you need to create your account using an email id and password, add the feed URL for your blog, and then map this to a Facebook / Twitter / Other account. Once you do this, the posts from your blog will automatically be sent to your Facebook / Twitter account. You can make some customizations such as how often your blog should be checked, how many are the maximum number of posts to post, and so on.
Twitterfeed is a bit difficult to use when you have a number of such feeds, it believes in setting a short URL even when posting to Facebook (the need for a short URL makes sense when posting to Twitter, but not to Facebook)
Twitterfeed can only post to your Facebook profile, and not to your own Fan Page, which is why I stopped using Twitterfeed for Facebook updates. I now follow a different strategy for Facebook Fan Pages (click this to learn more).
2. In early January 2010, Twitterfeed was down for around a day, the result of a computer problem, and this exposed the non-contingency planning of the system. Being inaccessible also meant that posts were not making it to Twitter. I needed to look for an alternative, and found this one – HootSuite.
Hootsuite (link). From the site: HootSuite is The professional Twitter client! If you manage multiple Twtitter accounts or share your Twittering duties with friends or co-workers, HootSuite’s for you. If you’re interested in tracking how many people click the links you tweet out, HootSuite can help you. If you want to pre-schedule your messages or feed your blog to Twitter, we’ve got you covered.
3. Twitterrific (link). Runs on the Mac and on the iPhone. Not available for Windows, but well regarded on the Mac.
4. Socialite (link). Socialite is a beautiful Mac OS X application, designed to make it easy to stay in touch with the social networks and services that matter to you. From news on Digg, photos on Flickr, statuses and photos on Facebook and Twitter updates, to full Google Reader RSS syncing, Socialite keeps all your social networks in one convenient place.
5. Digitweet (link). digiTweet is an open source desktop Twitter client for Windows. DigiTweet provides Twitter functionalities with rich user interface through Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).




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