I wanted the bookmarks that I added on to my Delicious account to also be automatically reposted on to my Identica and Twitter accounts. This is how I learned to do that.
I didn’t work up the solution myself: This chap figured it out. But I’ll recap the basics here, because I’ll forget how to do it, and forget where to find the link.
1. Grab the RSS Feed from your Delicious account: Look at the bottom of your Delicious homepage [http://www.delicio.us/[YOURACCOUNTNAME], find the “RSS Feeds” link. Click on that. Copy the resulting address from the browser.
2. Sign up for an account on Twitterfeed. Once signed in, you will be given an opportunity to create a new feed for either the Twitter, Identica, Ping or Hellotxt microblogging serves. After authenticating though your microblogging service of choice, paste your Delicious Feed link.
And that is basically it.
When a new Delicious bookmark is added onto the RSS feed, Twitterfeed picks it up next time it checks the the feed, and reposts it to the microblogging service of your choice. Specifically, it uses the information in the Delicious “Title” field and the link. It automatically deploys a link shortening service for long URLs.
It doesn’t post links prior to you turning on the feed. It checks for new entries based on the date or on the GUID (the incremental numbering of new entries).
In the settings, you can prefix the reposts with a brief tag, up to 20 characters. For instance, I used “Bookmark:” Note, however, we only have 140 characters to work with. So given that the small URL will about 30 characters, and “Bookmark:” is itself 9 characters, I’ll need to keep the Delicious “Title” field to 110 characters or less.
You can adjust how often you want Twitterfeed to check for updates. It doesn’t seem to pull Delicious bookmarks entered prior to signing up.
Note: For Identica, you have to choose Laconica on the Twitterfeed range of microblogging site options, as Identica is one implementation of Laconica.
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