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3 Steps To Automatically Create Tweets From Google+

Chris Makara

3 Steps To Automatically Create Tweets From Google+

Automating tweets on Twitter is an acceptable common practice when used moderately. While this post is not about whether automating tasks is right or wrong, I have seen several people on Google+ asking if there is a way to automatically post to Twitter from Google+, alleviating having to perform the same task manually on Twitter. After doing some research, I found a way to do it.

Find Your Google+ User Number

The first thing you will need to do is find your Google+ user number. In order to do this, simply visit your Google+ profile page and look for it in the URL. I have highlighted the number of my user profile below. Be sure to copy (ctrl+c) your number to your clipboard.

Google+ Does Not Have RSS Feeds (Yet)

In order to automate a tweet, you typically need a RSS or XML feed to enter into your choice application or script to post to Twitter (Twitterfeed, Hootsuite, etc). Currently, I am unaware of a RSS or XML link for Google+ accounts (If there are, please let me know where to find them). No worries, as I was able to find an app that will create a RSS feed from a Google+ account on AppSpot.

The app you will need to use is called “PlusFeed” and can be found at http://plusfeed.appspot.com. Using this app will allow us to easily make our own Google+ RSS feed.

Once you are at the PlusFeed page, you will need to paste your Google+ user number to the end of the URL. For example, in your address bar, simply add the following (replace number with your Google+ user number):

/118151624337950943427

Be sure to add the forward slash if it is not already there, resulting in a URL that looks like http://plusfeed.appspot.com/118151624337950943427. This is what we will use for your Google+ RSS feed link.

Add The RSS Link To Your Automation Tool of Choice

Finally, login into your favorite Twitter automation tool and input your Google+ RSS feed link we created in the step above. Adjust your automated tweeting frequency as needed to post more or less frequently as you see fit. Simply save your settings and feed and during the next run of your automation tool, you will see your Google+ posts appear in Twitter as tweets.

Google+ RSS Tip

One thing I noticed when creating the RSS feed is that it will only pull Google+ posts that are visible to everyone. Therefore, if you are only sharing with certain circles, those posts will will not appear in your RSS feed.

While I have not used this extensively, let me know if you run into any issues or figure a better way to do it.

 

Chris Makara

I have over 12 years of experience in Interactive Marketing & Digital Strategy, with a focus on SEO, Social Media & Demand Generation. I am an avid Football Fan, Golf Enthusiast & Ambidextrous Bowler. I can also be found on Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • http://www.3hatscommunications.com/blog/ Davina K. Brewer

    Moderate automation, scheduling is ok Chris. My question here is Why? Not to say it’s a bad idea by default, but rather communicators should answer that question before opting to make such a move. We often develop different followings, different relationships on different networks; a brand may be more jovial on FB but all biz on LI and so on. G+ seems to be developing it’s own brand of social user. So auto-posting the same things all the time to different audiences may not be the smart choice. As you say, moderation w/ a side of strategic thinking. And FWIW, I’ll share this on both networks since I think it’ll work both places.

    • http://chrismakara.com/ Chris Makara

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Davina!

      I agree that you need to evaluate your approach/audience on either network to determine if it makes sense. Every business/person is different, so for some it might very well make sense, while for others it might not. Thanks for sharing!