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I'm trying to figure out how to get my news posts submitted directly to Facebook and Twitter.

I've looked at the Facebook options, created an app on Facebook, gotten the API code, the secret key, my user id, and the id of the page to which I want news posted, but it doesn't seem to work.  Is there something I need to do with the Facebook app to get it to post to the page wall?

Also, is there any integration with Twitter to post news announcements to Twitter whenever they appear on the site (ie, posting the first 140ish characters with a link like "Something really neat just happened on the site…See http://bit.ly/PgCode")


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my advice – make your life easier and use Facebook's 'notes' app to use ocPortal's news RSS feed, and use TwitterFeed to do similar to twitter.


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Chris-

Do you just include the RSS feed name in the Facebook Notes app? Do the posts from the RSS feed appear on the user's wall?

Thanks for your help.

Bob
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yeah


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Great. Hopefully that will make showing new content on Facebook pretty straightforward.

Bob
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Im getting the same issue, I have used ocportal in the past & the Facebook integration was great but it semis that with the change in the Facebook's API & so forth it is no longer working Every thing is set on my end as needed however i can not get any thing to post to Facebook no matter the changes i make! hopefully this is just a bug & will be fixed in a upcoming release!!!! Or some one can make me look dumb & tell me whats wrong lol
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Would my point about avoiding ocPortal's facebook feature and using RSS work for you?
Personally I think that is a much more stable solution. We do it for the ocPortal Facebook page effectively.


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Where do I get the RSS feed name to plug into the Facebook 'Notes' app?

I tried using feed://www.xxxxxxxx.com/backend.php?type=RSS2&mode=news&days
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but that does not seem to be the magical key.

Anyone knows how to do this?

Thanks for your help.

Bob

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Not picking on you or anything… but this thread…and your all over it.

http://ocportal.com/forum/topicview/misc/deploying/issue-facebook.htm?start=20#post_73209


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ocPortal.com
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on ocportal the news feed is:

ocPortal.com: News
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I suppose i could use that, however i truly did enjoy the Facebook feature & im quite unhappy that its no longer working *tear* but i suppose it will have to do for now!
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ocPortal_Noob said

Not picking on you or anything… but this thread…and your all over it.

http://ocportal.com/forum/topicview/misc/deploying/issue-facebook.htm?start=20#post_73209


yoursite/backend.php

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ocPortal.com
Yes, I was all over that thread but it was an entirely different context - that is, it was about getting the Facebook add-on to work. I could not make it work satisfactorily (it kept logging users out of their Facebook account), so I chose not to use it and risk the wrath of my users.

I want to publish three different feeds to Facebook including a forum feed. I tried using the RSS feed and it did not work - I just copied and pasted the URL. It seems you got it to work with an Atom feed.

I'll play around some more and hopefully will get it sorted.

I noticed that Twitterfeed has the ability to also post to Facebook so I may just go with that approach. I just need to find out what my bit.ly API Username is - I've got my API key - and then I could maybe sort both Facebook and Twitter at once.

Bob
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nate1992 said

I suppose i could use that, however i truly did enjoy the Facebook feature & im quite unhappy that its no longer working *tear* but i suppose it will have to do for now!
I really wanted to use the Facebook add-on too. But I'd rather have something that works consistently than have my users going through hell due to its implementation.

I think ocPortal will probably get this sorted when they fully-integrate Facebook and Twitter support sometime in the far off future. Of course, the Facebook will keep playing with their APIs and frustrating everyone.

Bob
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I've posted the Atom feed and it (the feed link) shows up on my wall. Is this how it is supposed to be? I thought it posted the actual feed items to your wall.

Bob
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You have to feed it into the notes app, but I can't remember the precise process for that.


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I put the feed url in the Notes app, first with the 'feed' protocol as part of the Url which just displayed that link on the wall. I then posted the URL without the protocol and nothing shows up.

I will look into this more tomorrow with a fresh set of eyes.

Bob
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Chris's suggestion to use Twitterfeed to update Twitter is definitely the way to go. It was painless to get posts on Twitter.

I am still working on the Facebook posts. I can use Twitterfeed but my post will be limited to 140 characters. I'd prefer that they post with more of the message.

I can get the Notes app working using the just the domain name which puts my blog posts up but I haven't been able to figure out how to post my three other feeds (galleries, catalogs, forums). I am sure I am missing something obvious.

Oh well, back to work.

Bob
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Okay, the words finally sank in - from Facebook's "Import a blog" page:
Import Settings
You can import posts from one external blog so that they appear along with your notes. Facebook will automatically update your notes whenever you write in your blog. Imported blog posts cannot be edited.

That ends that mystery.

I can use Twitterfeed to import other feeds but I suspect it will shorten the entries to 140 characters. I am going to take a look at Feedburner and see if it will leave posts mostly intact.

Glad I finally at least realized I was beating a dead horse.

Bob

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