How To Automatically Tweet New Forum Threads With No Coding

How To Automatically Tweet New Forum Threads With No Coding

There is no denying that social media can be a healthy source of traffic for your forum. The key is getting those visitors. You want the conversation to occur on your board, but there are a few tricks that help you leverage traffic from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to get people involved in the conversation.

Today, we’ll be discussing one of the ways you can use free online tools to automatically publish tweets, Facebook posts, and even social bookmarks every time a new thread is posted on your forum. This tutorial will work with any forum software that has RSS feeds. I’ve set it up on vBulletin and XenForo and can confirm it works like a charm. The entire process can be accomplished in about 15 minutes.

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Make sure you have a Twitter account. If your forum is particularly active you may want to set up a completely separate Twitter account to use as your Twitter bot.
  • Create an account at IFTTT.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

First, you’ll need to authorize your Twitter account with IFTTT. This is a very simple process. Once you have created an account and verified your email, you will need to click ‘Create’ on the top navigation bar.

Create a recipe in IFTTT

Click ‘Create’ to begin creating your first IFTTT recipe.

Next, you’ll need to choose navigate to the RSS icon and select it.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Find the RSS icon and select it.

Choose the first option on this screen.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Choose a ‘New Feed Item’

Now, you’ll need to choose a thread on your forum that you would like to be auto-tweeted with every new thread.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Pick a thread and grab the RSS feed.

Once you have the feed, paste it into the field like the example below and press ‘Create Trigger’.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Paste your feed URL in the field and create the trigger.

The next step will be authenticating your Twitter account with IFTTT so it can post tweets. Click ‘that’ and move on.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

You’ll now need to authenticate your Twitter account.

You’ll need to choose Post a tweet in the options area.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Choose ‘Post a tweet’.

Once you have gotten this far you will have the option to customize the feed. It is best to simply leave everything like it is, but you can also add a hashtag that is relevant to your niche. This will help you show up in the right places in Twitter search. Don’t go overboard though as Twitter has a character limit.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Leave it as it is or add a hashtag if you like.

Create the action. Now, it is time to activate the trigger. It is best to write yourself a little note describing the “recipe” you just created.

Step By Step Guide To Creating A Twitter Bot For Your Forum

Click the button and you’re done.

That’s it. You can go back through the steps to add more forum threads. It’s that simple.

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Greg Middlesworth is the owner of URLjet.

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