IFTTT: RSS Feed to Twitter

As promised, I’m going to share a tutorial today on how I use one of my essential blogging tools: the IFTTT app. The program stands for “if this, then that”, which basically does exactly what is told. Each IFTTT command is called a “recipe”, and you can create as many recipes as you like. The most used rule in my case is the RSS Feed to Twitter recipe.

First, let’s define each part of the recipe, If new feed item from http://www.gorjaeous.com/blog?format=rss, then post a tweet with image to @gorjaeous:

A. Trigger.

This is where we identify the RSS feed URL of the blog we want to add on to the recipe. It seems complicated, though, especially if you’re not familiar with your feed URL. A trick that usually works is adding [?format=rss] at the end of your blog URL. It is worth noting that mine comes after http://www.gorjaeous.com/blog because that is the URL of my blog page. If yours is the same as your home page (e.g., http://www.domain.com/), then your feed URL should look like this: http://www.domain.com?format=RSS. If still in doubt, then refer to IFTTT Help for more information.

B. Action.

Now this is the other end of the deal. This is where you determine how you want your tweet to look like once activated. In my case, I prefer to add “BLOGGED:” before the title of my post, {{EntryTitle}}, then followed by {{EntryUrl}}. It is important that we add {{EntryUrl}} instead of {{FeedUrl}} because the latter will only display the URL of your feed (i.e., gorjaeous.com/blog), and not the link to your specific post.

Unfortunately, the native “Post to Twitter” feature of Squarespace does not include the cover image. Thanks to IFTTT, I can make that happen! All you need to do is add {{EntryImageUrl}} in the image URL field, and you’re set!

C. Turn off recipe.

You can deactivate this particular recipe anytime. I used to do this when I first tried IFTTT. I figured this setting out by trial and error. You won’t need to, though, because I got your back!

D. Check recipe now.

I’m not exactly certain what it does, but it’s supposed to validate if your recipe is working or not. When I click this button, the page simply refreshes.

E. View recipe logs.

This is where you can see triggered error recipe logs. (I seriously didn’t know these were happening until I wrote this tutorial. No action necessary.)

F. Edit recipe, delete recipe, or view its log.

This is rather self-explanatory, but this is where you can make significant changes to your recipe.

There you have it, guys! Once this recipe is activated (without errors), expect a corresponding tweet of your latest blog post as soon as it goes live! Isn’t it that convenient? Happy cooking!

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