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Setting up an Automatic Twitter Feed Profile for your lens (for micro-blogging super-promotion!)

Posted on Mar 30 2008

TwitterHey,

Have you been to Twitter.com lately?

There really is a ton happening over there. And Google is paying lots of attention too.

So with that in mind, here is an easy way for you to take advantage of the traffic Twitter is getting, and maybe send some of those people to your lens or blog. And once you’ve set it up, it continues to do it’s thing… day after day… automatically.

OK. You ready?

Good.

So… quick! What does this post show you how to do?

Once you’ve followed these instructions, you’ll know how to create a twitter account that will automatically create a new post (or ‘tweet’ as they call them) every time you update or republish your lens. And the post will say something like ‘I just updated my lens! Check it out’. And then there will be a link to your lens.

So, follow these instructions, and get yours working within 10 minutes:

1. Go to twitter.com and create an account. When you choose a username, see if you can get the same username as your Squidoo lens URL. So if your lens is squidoo.com/ilovesquidoo, then you might want to register your twitter username to be twitter.com/ilovesquidoo.

2. Once you’re logged in to twitter, go to http://twitter.com/account/settings and add your URL (link to your lens) and Bio. Then click Save.
3. Next, click Picture at the top of the white box. And upload a cool looking image that relates to your lens. You could even use the one from your lens intro. Save that.

4. Now, click Design at the top of the white box. From there you can add a background image if you want. Or customise the colours of your twitter page. (if you want to find how to do those code colours things, search google for Hex Colors).

5. Now head to TwitterFeed.com and sign up there too. Or you can log in with your yahoo ID. But however you do it, get an account there and log in.

6. Once you’re logged in, go to twitterfeed.com/feed

7. Click Create New Twitterfeed

8. Put your twitter username and password in the first 2 boxes, and your Lens RSS Feed into the next box (see below if you’re stuck here)

9. Fill in the rest of the boxes, click Create, and you’re done!

What is your Lens RSS Feed? rss

Your lens RSS feed is this:

http://www.squidoo.com/xml/syndicate_lens/URL

But you must replace URL with your lens URL.

So if your lens is squidoo.com/ilovesquidoo, then your lens RSS feed would be this:

http://www.squidoo.com/xml/syndicate_lens/ilovesquidoo

And that’s all there is to it 🙂

You can add as many of your lenses as you like to feed into your twitter account, or you can create as many twitter accounts as you like.

You can see this in action here: www.twitter.com/squidoocool

Enjoy!

Lewis 🙂

P.S. you can then go and start ‘following’ a bunch of people, to get some extra exposure to your twitter page.

Lewis Smile

Lewis Smile is a Writer, Blogger, Web Geek, and very much a daydreamer. He helps people for a living, and works online. See the Contact Info page to say hi. Find out more about him here.

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12 Comments

  1. GuyHenri says:

    Since I plan to start with twitter thanks for this setup information!
    Lewis , are you using a twitter client such as twhirl?

  2. Even better, get a feed of all your lenses from this page. Type in your lensmaster name, and press ‘Run Pipe’. Then, click on ‘More Options’ to get the RSS Feed. Use this single feed in your twitterfeed account, and every SquidCast you make will be automatically twittered.

    Follow squidcasts to receive all the SquidCasts from Squidoo, along with the official Blog and LOTD posts.

    Follow me for more Squidoo tips…

    thefluffanutta

  3. Gizelle says:

    I followed your instructions perfectly and Twitterfeed couldn’t find my blog URL.
    When I paste my URL into a browser it works beautifully. What’s the solution?
    Twitter accepted my squidoo lens just fine.

  4. XP Squid says:

    Wow, never thought of this. Thanks for the tweet tip!

  5. This is absolutely perfect! You rock and I just finished setting this up, because it’s feeding to Twitter, that Twitter is feeding to my blog – which means, I can create a Lens, and it distributes itself….

    Great tip!
    Maria 🙂

  6. MrLewisSmile says:

    You’ve got it, Maria! I am getting OBSESSED lately with getting my lenses to distribute themselves… 😉

  7. MrLewisSmile says:

    @Gizelle – add /feed after your blog URL. That will probably make it work.

  8. Great post, thank you. I am definitely in need of any automation help. Like the Beatles said ” 8 days a week is not enough…..

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  12. thank you!! i’ve been trying to find how to do the RSS feed on squidoo and nothing came up on the search engine. maybe you should do a less and call it squidoo RSS Feed and that way it WILL come up 🙂 just a thought 🙂

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