A quick guide on setting up automatic delivery of posts from Local Viking to Twitter. We will use ifttt.com - a service allowing to set up information exchange between different platforms.
We assume you have already had a Twitter account and access to it.
- Go to https://ifttt.com/ and register there, if you don't have registration there. For free accounts ifttt.com provides an opportunity to create three integrations, that is two integrations more than we will need.
- Log in to your ifttt.com account and click the "Create" link in the top right corner of the screen.
- You will see the "Create your own" page. Click the "Add" button in the "If this" section.
- You will see the "Choose a service" page. Type "RSS" (without quotes!) into the search field in the center part of the screen and click the "RSS Feed" button.
- You will see the "Choose a trigger" page. Click the "New feed item" button, so every time a post appears on your feed, it will be sent to Twitter.
- You will see the "Complete trigger fields" page.
- Open the new browser tab, go to https://localviking.com/gmb/locations page, and click the location you want to set the delivery of posts from. On the "Dashboard" page right-click the "RSS" link on the right and choose "Copy link address".
- Return to the "Complete trigger fields" tab, and paste the link you've just copied into the "Feed URL" input, and click the "Create trigger" button.
- You will return to the "Create your own" page, now click the "Add" button in the "Then that" section.
- You will see the "Choose a service" page again. Type "Twitter" (without quotes!) into the search field in the center part of the screen and click the "Twitter" button.
- You will see the "Choose an action" page. IFTTT provides two options for posts: "Post a tweet" sending a text-only tweet or "Post a tweet with image". Click the "Post a tweet with image" button.
- You will see the "Connect service" page. Click the "Connect" button.
- A new window "Twitter / Authorize an application" opens asking "Authorize IFTTT to access your account?". Click the "Authorize app" button.
- You will see "Complete action fields". Leave default values in the fields and click the "Create action" button
- You will see the "Create your own" page again. Click the "Continue" button
- You will see the "Review and finish" page. You can edit the title of your "applet", by default it describes what does the applet does. For example, you can call it "GMB to Twitter" or just leave it as is. Also, you can set up a notification when the applet runs. Click the "Finish" button when you are done.
- You've done it! The applet delivering your posts to Twitter is set up and "Connected" when you publish a new post for the location you've selected within an hour it will be published to Twitter.
Please, take note that the posts do not publish to Twitter immediately it takes from 15 minutes up to 1 hour to deliver the post. Also, unfortunately, IFTTT doesn't provide an opportunity to transfer mixed tweets some with images and some without them. So if you set up the "Post a tweet with image" option of IFTTT and then make a post without an image it will be published with a dummy image from IFTTT (see below)