At some point in the near future I will dig into building your own website on the cheap. Or you could just hire me, which may cost a little more than free but would make you life a whole lot easier. But that is really out of the scope of this series and if I try to tackle it now it might get out of control.
I have a personal Twitter and Facebook account. Many times my tweets and my Facebook status updates are the same thing and I wanted an easy to post once and update both services. Of course there is a Facebook app that will post all your Twiiter updates to your Facebook status (search Twitter within Facebook). Now if that was my only issue I would be done but it gets a little more complicated than that. Not to mention that sometimes I want my Twitter updates to be separate from my Facebook updates.
I also have a church Twitter and Facebook page. I would like to do the same thing I do with my personal accounts with these accounts. The problem is that there is not readily an app for that without a little tweaking. Not to mention there are sometimes that I might want to post these updates across all of these accounts. It’s getting a little sticky now.
Below is a step by step process for making the above very easy. The steps make take a little time but once completed you have full control of your updates. Now I am assuming you already have the accounts created for Facebook and Twitter so I will be moving on to implementation.
Step 1 – Preparing Facebook
The first thing you will want to do is install the Facebook app “Selective Twitter Status”. This is the tool to help you post your church Twitter updates to your church Facebook page. Be sure to set it up and point the appropriate Twitter account to the appropriate Facebook page and grant permissions. Now we will deal with this later but in order for your updates on Twiiter to be posted to Facebook you must add #fb to the end of your tweets.
Step 2 – Creat a Tarpipe Account
Tarpipe.com is a service that uses connectors to post to various services via an email or API call. Once you have created your account a logged in go to the “accounts” tab and enter your credentials for any services you may have and want to connect in the future. For the purposes of this project you need to have at least your Twitter and FaceBook account connected. You will also need to create a separate account for your church so that you can add it’s credentials as well. As of yet Tarpipe doesn’t allow multiple accounts per service.
Step 3 – Create a Tarpipe Workflow (Personal)
While still logged into tarpipe.com click on the “workflow” tab and choose “create a new workflow”. On the left hand side you will see a place to name and describe your workflow as well as a dropdown box with your choice of receptor. The default, Mail drop box is fine for us.
You will also see a list of connectors for all the services that tarpipe currently supports. For our purposes you need to add MailDecoder, TwitterUpdater and Facebook to the stage by clicking the name of each.
Once on the stage simply click on the little ball for subject or body on the MailDecoder and drag it to the title of the TwitterUpdater title and then again to the Facebook status. Click save and grab the email address just above the save button. Now whenever you want to post to twitter and Face book just send an email to that address and whatever is in the body will be posted. Your workflow should look something like this.
Now you just as easily send the subject from the MailDecoder to the title of the TwitterUpdater and the body to the Facebook status. That would be useful if you didn’t want to be limited to the 140 characters on Facebook. You may also be saying, well I can do that with the simple Facebook Twiiter app. You could but as we begin to add these other workflows you will begin to see the advantages of this method.
Step 4 – Create a Tarpipe Workflow (Church)
You will now want to log into your church tarpipe account and follow the same process except you will be using a few different connectors. You will want the MailDecoder, TextInput, TextFormatter and TwitterUpdater. Type #fb into the TextInput and draw your pipes as seen in the picture below. As you can see we are not using the Facebook connector. This is because Facebook pages don’t have separate log-in credentials. Instead when you send a status update to this new email address it send the body with the #fb added to the end (so you don’t have to remember) to your Twitter account which will also be posted on your Facebook account. Want your update o be posted to all of them. Just send the email to both addresses at the same time.
Now there a ton of other things that you can do and I encourage you to play around and experiment with it. In the next post I will share all the things I do with pictures with a single email.
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