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Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Posting Instagram hashtag feeds via RSS Graffiti

Instagram users!! Did you know there’s a public RSS feed for every hashtag on the popular photo sharing service? Using these feeds as a source, RSS Graffiti can automatically publish photos to your page, profile, or group whenever they’re uploaded to Instagram with a particular hashtag. Here’s how to get set up:

First, open up the publishing plan dashboard and create a new publishing plan. Select your profile or a page to use as the target. If you run into trouble, see our getting started guide.

Next, get the hashtag feed you want to publish. Use this format: http://instagram.com/tags/HASHTAG/feed/recent.rss replacing “HASHTAG” with your desired hashtag. For example, the feed for the hashtag #palmtrees would be: http://instagram.com/tags/palmtrees/feed/recent.rss

After adding this as your source URL, set your scheduling options, click save, and switch ON the publishing plan. The next time a photo is uploaded to Instagram with your chosen hashtag, RSS Graffiti will automatically publish it to Facebook. It really is that easy.

Now just imagine what you can do with these hashtag feeds: marketers can take advantage of crowdsourced content to engage their online audience, or a group of friends can automatically post moments from their spring break roadtrip. The possibilities are endless.

As always, if you need help posting from Instagram, or have questions about RSS Graffiti in general, please open a thread in our community support forum.

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Posting Pinterest to Facebook via RSS Graffiti

Pinterest users!! Did you know RSS Graffiti provides an easy way to automatically publish your pins to Facebook? If you’ve already installed RSS Graffiti, setup is super easy. Just follow the steps below to begin posting your pins right away:

First, open up the publishing plan dashboard and create a new publishing plan. Select your profile or the page you want to use as the target. If you run into trouble, see our getting started guide.

The next step is getting the RSS feed for your Pinterest account. To get a feed of all your pinboards, use this URL for the source: http://pinterest.com/username/feed.rss replacing “username” with your actual username. To only publish pins from one board, use this URL: http://pinterest.com/username/board.rss replacing “board” with the name of the pinboard you’d like to publish. After adding the source URL, select your preferred scheduling options and click save.

That’s all it takes. Switch on the publishing plan, and next time you pin something, RSS Graffiti will automatically push it to Facebook with a beautiful image thumbnail and a link back to your Pinterest page. So easy.

If you need help posting from Pinterest, or using RSS Graffiti in general, please open a thread in our community support forum. Someone from the team will be happy to assist :)

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Bitly shortening is now optional

More great news! We no longer require links to be shortened with Bitly. If you’ve never configured custom Bitly shortening, no further action is need. All your links will now be posted to Facebook in their full, unshortened form.

If you’ve previously added a custom Bitly account to track your clicks, shortening will continue to work normally.

Need help? As always, please point your questions to our Community Support Forum: http://getsatisfaction.com/rssgraffiti2

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Application Update: Improved HTML Support!

More great news! We now have enhanced support for HTML formatting elements. These tags are now properly rendered:

Horizontal rule:


Ordered lists:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March

Unordered lists:

  • Sushi
  • Waffles
  • Bacon

And other list types, including roman numeral and dictionary lists.

If you’ve posted something with the new formatting, we’d love to see it. Paste a link in the comments! As always, if you have any questions or need help, please open a thread in our Community Support Forum.

Check back tomorrow for yet another surprise! :D

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Application Update!

In addition to a few minor bug fixes, we now support the option to check your feeds less frequently than once per day. You can have RSS Graffiti update your page with content every other day, or only once per week if you prefer. This commonly requested feature allows you to slowly trickle posts onto your wall, timeline or group. Useful if you have a backlog of content and want to keep your page fresh for as long as possible!

This update also includes another often-requested feature: a modest improvement in the “As Soon as Possible” update frequency. RSS Graffiti now publishes new posts more quickly after they’ve been added to a feed.

We hope you appreciate the recent changes! If you have any feedback or need help, please open a thread in our community support forum.

More great features to be announced tomorrow! :)

Posted 1 year ago
by chilkari

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Posting Changes Coming

Recently, Facebook changed the visual appearance of their posts in a way which causes some problems for certain configurations of RSS Graffiti. We’ve been working on a fix to address these issues, and believe we will be ready to roll it out to production on either December 26 or December 27, 2012.

The changes will affect several aspects of the way posting from RSS Graffiti works, so please double check your posts after our deployment to ensure that things are working well for you.

The Facebook changes broke us in several ways:

  1. When using the standard post style, if your post does not contain an image, our posts will contain an empty box where the image would normally appear.
  2. Also with the standard style, the text from your item’s description will be truncated after only a couple of lines, without any kind of “See More…” link or way to see the rest of the text.
  3. In the compact post style, the link to the full story and the source appear in a gray box, but are shifted to the right in a way that isn’t very visually appealing.

To address these issues, we’re planning to do several things differently in the future.

#1 and #3 will simply be fixed. The extra space in both cases will be removed.

However, for #2, we’ve decided to move the description text out of the grey box, and move it up into the text preceding the box. There are several advantages to this:

  1. We can include a larger amount of text, and if it’s too long, Facebook will include a “See More…” link allowing you to see the rest.
  2. We can support some rudimentary text formatting. In the past, we couldn’t do any formatting at all — which would lead to long, run-on blocks of description text. With these changes, we should be able to honor line breaks appropriately.
  3. Most users of RSS Graffiti are trying to drive additional traffic to the original link, and prefer that we automatically truncate text beyond a certain length, which forces the user to follow the link for the full article. Based on this, we’re planning to include a 250-character limit on the description, in order to help drive traffic in the way many of you have requested.

We’re planning to release these changes next week, so if you have comments or questions, please visit the GetSatisfaction thread. You can also find several example pictures with Before/After versions.

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Twitter Sources Are Being Disabled

In response to user feedback, Twitter sources will be disabled tomorrow, Tuesday 10/16, instead of today’s original deadline. In case you missed the announcement, RSS Graffiti can no longer publish tweets to Facebook due to Twitter’s new API restrictions. This only affects the <2% of users who’ve added Twitter as a publishing source.

Please understand the RSS Graffiti team is still very much dedicated to helping you streamline and automate your social presence, but Twitter’s new policy has left us no legal alternative but to disable this feature. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please drop us a line in our forum: http://getsatisfaction.com/rssgraffiti2

Posted 1 year ago
by demandseth

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Application update!

Big update went out yesterday! This latest release included a number of improvements and bug fixes:

  • Live post preview is back! You can once again see how your posts will appear without actually publishing to your page.
  • Improved look-and-feel of standard style posts when viewed on mobile devices
  • Fixed iTunes podcast feeds not being published with correct links
  • Fixed issue where some URLs with multiple query parameters were being truncated
  • Fixed issue affecting users with multiple identically named targets
  • Fixed minor bug in the Twitter hashtag filter
  • Various backend performance optimizations

Also, some of you may have received an automated email from us regarding the expiration of RSS Graffiti’s publishing permissions. If you don’t access the RSS Graffiti dashboard for an extended period, the Facebook permission that lets us publish to your page can expire, and posting will cease until you revisit RSS Graffiti. All it takes for you to renew this permission is to open the publishing plan dashboard, so if you receive such an email from us, please don’t ignore it!

If you have any questions about any of these improvements, or the app in general, please open a thread in our community support forum. Remember to include the URL of the Facebook page you are publishing to, and someone from our team will be happy to assist. Thanks again for using RSS Graffiti!

Posted 2 years ago
by demandseth

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RSS Graffiti scheduled maintenance

RSS Graffiti is going down for scheduled maintenance Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:00:00 UTC (7PM Wednesday US Central Time). The maintenance will take several hours, during which time the dashboard will be unavailable and all publishing plans will be paused. Once the maintenance is complete, any items not posted by RSS Graffiti during the downtime will start publishing to Facebook. If you have any questions about what to expect, please drop us a line in our support forum.

Posted 2 years ago
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Recent Improvements & Bug Fixes

This past week we rolled out a number of bug fixes and improvements. Here’s a breakdown of recent changes:

  • We now support feeds that contain root-relative URLs (URLs which start with a /)
  • Resolved an issue with videos from certain feeds not being playable inside Facebook
  • The minimum image size for thumbnails has been lowered to 50 pixels. Previously, images had to be at least 59 pixels wide and 59 pixels tall to be attached as a thumbnail
  • In response to Facebook removing their embedded mp3 player, we no longer try to add audio attachments to posts. This fixed an issue with duplicate content appearing where the player used to be. (Fear not, podcasters! We’re working on an alternative way to post your audio)
  • Various other minor tweaks that improve app efficiency and broaden our support for uncommon feed types

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, complaints, or praise, please drop us a line in our forum.