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Allows websites to update their Twitter feed through XML

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      20.10.2009 08:47
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      If you have a website, you really need Twitterfeed

      If you don't use Twitter or you're not a website owner, I'm sorry, but this review will probably bore you half to death. However if you do use Twitter and you run your own website, step this way as I have a very interesting marketing tool to share with you...

      In a nutshell, Twitterfeed updates your Twitter status automatically with data that's supplied by your website. How does it do this? Simple. Twitterfeed looks for an XML/RSS file on your website and then posts any new information to Twitter for you. Once its been set-up, you need to do nothing more than merely update your site.

      So, how do I get started?

      First, you'll need to get your website to produce an XML file when you update - shouldn't be a difficult task if you know what you're doing. A finished example can be seen on my website here: http://www.footballgroundmap.com/data/xml/updates/footballgrounds.xml

      As you can see, this is simply as list of links, dates and short descriptions of news items that I've posted on the website (http://www.footballgroundmap.com/news).

      Next, we create an account at Twitterfeed. It's free to do so and they only require an email address and a password. Once you've created an account, you can log-in and add a feed.

      Adding a feed is simply a case of filling-out a couple of form fields. You'll need to input a name and a link to your RSS file. You can then choose what content to send to Twitter - title, description, link etc. Links will automatically be shortened using a URL shortener such as TinyURL or bit.ly.

      You can also tell Twitterfeed how often to look for new posts and how many items to post to Twitter at a time (up to 5).

      It's then a case of saving your changes and waiting for the magic to happen - have a look at http://twitter.com/footballgrounds for the result.

      As an added bonus, if you shorten your links using bit.ly, you'll also get stats on how many people have clicked on your link!

      All of the above can be done without spending a single penny as it's free to use both Twitter and Twitterfeed. It's a marvellous way of promoting your website and once it'd been set-up, you need do nothing more as it all updates automatically.

      I've been using Twitterfeed for about 6 months now, and it really is an excellent way of driving traffic to your site (if you have enough Twitter followers). The website is beautifully designed and easy to use. Best of all, it's free! :)


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