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HootSuite RSS to Facebook and Twitter

Ok, I promise, this is the last time I’m going to talk about this. I finally got the RSS feeds to send posts via HootSuite to my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I had to delete all the feeds I had added, reconnect to my FB and Twitter accounts (though there was nothing wrong with the connections that I could tell – other, older, feeds were working properly) and then set them back up again.

However, what I didn’t realize is how “messy” the feed would look when posted through to Facebook. Twitter wasn’t horrible because it’s text based and very short. But Facebook… I’m used to being able to have a nice thumbnail image with my posts and having the text of the link be just the title and meta-description of the blog post. Unfortunately, with an RSS feed, the images are skipped altogether and the text fields all run into eachother:

HootSuite RSS Post

Bleh! So, after all that troubleshooting to get the RSS feed working, I’ve decided that I much prefer the look of posts that I create and post myself.

If you have suggestions for a way to automate social media and still get a nice looking post with thumbnail image on Facebook, please let me know. Thanks!

Lunar Maven FB Post

HootSuite for Social Media Automation

I use HootSuite for social media management and have for many years. However, I’m still learning all that it can do. I have used the RSS feeds before, but haven’t done the setup in a while. Yesterday I setup links between the RSS feeds from my various personal and special interest blogs and my Hootsuite account so that new posts on my blogs would post through to my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Getting setup is simple:

  • Start in your Hootsuite Dashboard, click on the gear in the left hand sidebar (Settings) and then go to RSS/AtomHootSuite Settings
  • Next click the + sign to add a new feed
    Add New RSS
  • Paste in the URL for the RSS feed you’d like to “feed” your social channels
    Add RSS Feed
  • This is where you choose which of your social networks the feed should be sent to, in this case, since it’s a personal blog, it will go to my personal Twitter Account (you set up separate feed items for each social network).
  • This is also where you can make changes like how often the feed updates, how many posts are posted at a time and whether there should be any text pre-pended to the post.
  • After you click “Save Feed” you should be all set. Any new posts to the RSS you’ve specified will “flow through” to the social network you’ve just identified.
  • Repeat the process if you’d like the same RSS to feed another social network, like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+ (Google+ only works for Pages not for your personal Google+ Profile… I think HootSuite is working on getting connected to G+profiles)

I think I have to be patient…. I set mine up last night and am impatiently waiting to see if they are working properly. So far, no posts have come through, but it hasn’t yet been 24 hours since I set them up. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Updates:
HootSuite RSS Not Working
HootSuite RSS no images!