One for the gig-goers out there: our founder Mario, who happens to be a big music fan, recently wrote this little how-to guide to set up your own concert alerts on twitter, using twitterfeed in combination with the excellent Songkick service.
A little Friday present from your nice Twitterfeed folks:
We now support geo-tagging in feeds when posting to twitter. If you have a feed that contains geo information, all you need to do is to ensure that the twitter account you’re posting to has location enabled - to do that, go to http://twitter.com, and under the “Settings”, make sure the “Add a location to your tweets” checkbox is checked.
If the items in your feed contain geolocation info, we then automatically geo-tag the tweets we post to your twitter account. We currently support both “geo:lat”/”geo:long” and “georss:point” elements.
As ever, this is very new, so please let us know if you find any problems with it - email email@example.com with details of any issues you find. Similarly, we’re happy to hear of any cool uses for this new feature, so drop us a line or ping us on twitter at @twf_support anytime..
Happy Geo-Friday everyone!
This post will be of interest mostly to our users posting feeds to their Facebook accounts or pages - so if you’re only posting to Twitter and have no plans to post your content to Facebook also, you can safely ignore it.
We have today updated our Facebook Connection code to use the newer Graph API, which - in plain English - has the following advantages for you:
- the “Connect with Facebook” dialog is much simpler, and less prone to problems
- by default, posts to Facebook now include a thumbnail image, something many of you have asked for
If you have any existing feeds set up posting to Facebook, they will continue to work, but will not take advantage of the above, so it is highly recommended you update your feeds. Updating the Facebook connection is very easy:
- click on “edit” next to the feed you want to update
- Under “Step 2”, click on the active “Facebook” account/link
- you should see a note saying your Facebook connection is out of date - to update, just click “Connect with Facebook” again
- Once connected, if you’re the admin of one or more pages, you will also see a dropdown list of pages. If you select one of these pages, we will post to that page, rather than to your own account.
- Click “Update service” and “All done” on the next page, and your Facebook connection is up to date.
A final note: the thumbnail image feature is only available with normal Wall posts, not with the shorter Facebook status updates, so if you want to take advantage of this, make sure you keep the default “post title & description” (under “Advanced Settings”). If you change this to “title only”, we will post a short, text-only status update to Facebook rather than a Wall post.
We hope you like these improvements, but as ever, if you find any problems with it, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve just deployed a small update that will fix an issue that affected some users who wanted to use a custom shortener endpoint URL that was longer than 100 characters. The limit for this has now been raised to 250 characters, which should be more than enough based on the examples we’ve seen so far.
If you have previously tried to enter a longer endpoint URL and it didn’t work due to this limitation, please edit your feed in the dashboard, and under “Advanced Settings” re-enter the custom shortener URL.
Happy custom shortening!
(And, as usual, if you have any problems with this, drop us a note at email@example.com)
We just went live with some updates to the account management features, which now enable you to…
- update the email address you are using to sign in to twitterfeed
- assign an email address to an existing OpenID account - this then lets you sign in to your twitterfeed account via email/password as well as OpenID
- delete your account entirely (not that you would ever seriously consider this option, of course!)
You’ll see these features if you click on the “account” menu at the top.
We hope you’ll find this useful!
Your twitterfeed team
There will be approx. 1 hour’s downtime today at 4pm GMT (11am EST), as part of an upgrade of our database servers. For more details nearer the time, follow @twf_support on twitter, we’ll post a notice there before we take down the service, and will notify you when we’re back.
This is one for those of you who are using bit.ly Pro with your own short domain:
We’ve just deployed a small change to the twitterfeed dashboard that fixes the display of click counts for these custom domains. So you’ll now get the same information regardless of whether you’re using bit.ly or your own bit.ly Pro domain.
Happy bitlying and twitterfeeding!
Greetings from your twitterfeed team!
We’ve recently created a specific status blog at http://status.twitterfeed.com where we post any temporary issues affecting our service (and the service of related third parties like twitter, Facebook, etc.). Please feel free to follow it!
On twitter, in addition to our main twitterfeed account at @twfeed, we have now also set up a dedicated support account at @twf_support. The aim is to free up the main account for non-support related things like general news and updates. We will still monitor both accounts for mentions and DMs, but you’ll start seeing more replies coming from the @twf_support account rather than the main one.