If you use Twitter, you probably know about Twitterfeed, a web tool that allows you to automatically pollinate your Twitter updates through RSS feeds.
For instance, if you click over to the @GoverningPeople Twitter account which I manage, you’ll see many updates sent from Twitterfeed, indicative of blog posts sent via RSS from the GoverningPeople.com online community.
That said, because I currently use FeedBurner to convert my blog’s HTML into RSS–and because FeedBurner has been painstakingly slow in recent weeks–it is frustrating to wait up to eight hours (or more) for FeedBurner to discover my new blog post, add it to my RSS feed, and further wait for Twitterfeed to discover the RSS feed and post the new blog post to Twitter.
If your blog’s RSS is also managed by FeedBurner, you may want to join me in two initiatives:
1. Consider migrating your blog’s subscribers and RSS from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz, which apparently is the best alternative out there right now. That is something I’m looking into and will devote a future blog post about it.
2. Say goodbye to Twitterfeed and say hello to WordTwit.
Note: While many WP plugins offer WordPress to Twitter functionality–such as Tweetable, Twitter Poster, TwitPost, TweetMe, WP-Twitter–they differ in features. The similarity between the above plugins, however, is they all send a tweet with a short URL, e.g. http://bit.ly/qwe, http://is.gd/qwe, or http://kl.im/qwe.
I wanted something more personalized, more branded to my blog URL, than the above. After testing Synected and Pretty Link, among other options, I settled on WordTwit for the ability to automatically create a 2-character extension at the end of http://ariwriter.com for new posts. Take a look at the right column of this screen shot to see what I mean:
Did I mention WordTwit sends a tweet to my account instantly, countering the annoyance of waiting hours for FeedBurner and Twitterfeed to discover the RSS?
I’ll continue to use Twitterfeed to cross-post my Huffington Post articles and Yelp reviews–and some other ideas I’m pondering to aggregate to my Twitter feed, too–but as of today, it no longer feeds AriWriter to Twitter.
For more information on the benefits of WordTwit and what-if future upgrades, check out Joe Brooks’ blog where he provides a useful guide.