Friday, 24 February 2012

How-to: Add RSS Feeds to Facebook using RSS Grafitti

How-to: Add RSS Feeds to Facebook using RSS GrafittiThe Wordpress plugin for Facebook isn't working for us on Everything Express; we don't know why, we can reset every day but it stops feeding soon after.

So rather than push from Wordpress to our Facebook page, we've opted to pull posts via the existing Wordpress RSS feed using a successful Facebook app called RSS Graffiti. There are many RSS applications to auto-publish your blog’s content, but RSS Graffiti is one of the top apps for this. It can centrally manage all the RSS/Atom feeds you publish in each of your Facebook Pages.

Once you authorise this application to access your Facebook profile, RSS Graffiti is a straightforward Facebook application to configure. It enables you to import several RSS/ATOM feeds and publish all of them on your Facebook Profile, Facebook Fan Pages and Facebook Groups, so its a feed aggregator for Facebook.
Add RSS Feeds to Facebook using RSS GrafittiAmong the RSS Graffiti options;
  • Display your articles with or without the associated images.
  • Append a message prefix to your article posts.
  • Display Twitter tweets in a short format.
  • Convert Twitter status updates to Facebook status updates.
In order to configure RSS Graffiti:
  • Go to the RSS Grafitti page
  • Add RSS Graffiti to your Profile. This is the Facebook equivalent of installing an application. This is required to allow RSS Graffiti to have access to your account and list the Fan Pages, Groups (etc) that you administer.
  • Allow Constant Authorisation. This is required to allow RSS Graffiti to operate while you are offline.
  • Allow Publishing. This is required for RSS Graffiti to be allowed to write to the wall of this Profile.
  • Add your feeds so that RSS Grafitti can start publishing them!
The setup page is simple to step-through for each feed;
  • Feed URL: It will be the feed you intend to import.
  • Source Name: Just enter the name of your blog
  • Source URL: This is the URL of your RSS feed of your blog. You also get a link to your blog just below the post on the Facebook wall and will drive traffic to your blog.
  • Post Style: Standard is the default option.
There are other tabs to refine the settings for each feed; Filter
  • Cut-off date/time: Choose the date and time from which RSS Graffiti should start importing, defaulting to current time. You can instruct it to back date the import to earlier posts.
  • Eligibility: Specifies a time in minutes to delay posting an RSS-item after its publication date.
Transform
  • You can include additional information to post on the wall or fanpage, including static text.
Schedule
  • Update Frequency: How often RSS Graffiti should check your feed for new stories.
  • Posts per cycle: You can limit the number of items RSS Graffiti can add each time it checks for new posts. If you set a number to permit, then RSS Graffiti will drop any posts over that number /for that update interval/
  • Precedence: If your blog posts exceed the maximum number of items RSS Graffiti is permitted to post, precedence will enable RSS Graffiti to catch up during slack periods.
More
  • Publish on behalf of: you can publish the stories on behalf of someone else; specify the account name
  • Twitter Account & Bit.ly Account: RSS Graffiti will push on the feed to Twitter and Bit.ly, which inherit the posts from Facebook.
RSS Grafitti is one of the new generation of Facebook apps which makes interconnecting all your publishing and social media platforms every easy. RC