When I first started Blog in Grace I never used social sharing buttons. I always concentrated on writing content but never cared on adding a social bookmarking widget. But as days went by I had to add these social networking buttons as Angela one of my online blogging friend insisted me to do so. Later she insisted me to use twitter handler too which I never knew before. My basic twitter lessons were being learnt from Angela. I recommend you to read Ways To Increase Traffic To Your Blog by Angela McCall where you can get some good twitter lessons.
I use Facebook more often then I use twitter, so I never cared to post any tweets or share others posts in my twitter. But how wrong I was since I have been missing some of the good things a blogger needs to do. I always thought how could twitter be so useful but then How To Use Twitter To Your Advantage by Adrienne Smith just insisted me to use twitter as frequently as I use Facebook.
I started tweeting and re-tweeting some useful articles, then one day my chrome browser started to give warnings like “The site’s security certificate is not trusted!” when ever I opened twitter. This was the time I had to face the bad time ever. All I could do is to open Firefox then open twitter and tweet. Even if I had to share my articles in twitter I had to open up twitter in Firefox which I omitted as day’s went by. Then I thought why not I auto publish my new blog posts automatically so that I don’t need to go through a long process. So I got two methods on how we can do this which you can read in following post. There are few third party sites which can also do this feat but I shared the methods which I personally recommend.
1. Jetpack Plugin:
The first method is you can achieve this by using a plugin called Jetpack, which is not only useful for auto publishing your posts to twitter but also to other social media. Once you have installed this plugin and connected it to WordPress you will find a widget which says Publicize.
Once you have activated the widget you need to click configure you are shown a screen with the required social networking sites where you need to enter your account details. Since I am writing this article on Twitter just click on add a new twitter connection.
Once you click the add a new twitter connection it will redirect you to your Twitter account. If you are not logged in then you need to log in and then allow the plugin to add your blog posts as a tweet to your account. This plugin itself will make a short URL of your post and will share it in your twitter account.
There were many news that feedburner is going to die, but it never happened. Feedburner is a useful service for bloggers in delivering their RSS updated via email. People who just don’t care about customized newsletters can use this service free of cost where all the blog updates will end in the email of the subscribers who have opted to get so. Apart from this you can also use this service in number of ways and one such useful feature is to auto-publish your RSS feed as a tweet to your twitter account.
All you need to do is login to your feedburner account and add your blog address as a feed if you haven’t done earlier. If your blog is already having a feed then head over to Publicize button where you will get a list of options towards the left side. Click on Socialize button after which you will be redirected to a page where you can add your twitter details. See the following image on how it looks after you click socialize button.
Once you have added your twitter account you are done, all your future blog posts will be tweeted automatically.
One more advantage with feedburner is you can opt “use inline hash tags” which will post your categories as a has tag in Twitter, isn’t this beautiful feature.
The above mentioned methods are for those who don’t use twitter so often but to post their blog updates automatically. But the joy of posting tweets in twitter manually is different where you can write your own words, while in automated process your blog title will be posted as it is without any change. Hope this tutorial helps all those who want to tweet their latest blog post automatically.