Another Tiny Facebook Hack
I’m not really that fascinated with Facebook but many of my readers are so here’s a hack that someone noticed I was doing and they asked me how so figured maybe others wanted to know as well.
Each time I write a new blog post it automatically changes my status in Facebook to something like: John New blog post: The Perfect Referral Motivation http://tinyurl.com/5lzajj– 3 hours ago. The link is a link back to the last post I wrote. All of my FB friends get to see this status update in one way or another depending on how they monitor things and each post gets some traffic from Facebook.
The key to making this work for me is a bit of duct tape automation. As always, I’m sure there are multiple ways to get this done, but here’s mine.
I do it using Twitter as a go between – I use a WordPress blog and have a plug in called Twitter Tools that publishes a tweet to Twitter with each new blog post with the title and a tinyURL back to the post. (Ooh side bonus, it updates my Twitter account and my Twitter followers get the notice too.) Then I use the Twitter Facebook application to post my tweets to automatically update my status on Facebook and send a status update to all my FB friends.