How to Feed Your ActiveRain Blog Directly to Facebook and Twitter - Get More Exposure for the Same Effort!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I have been out of town for several days, having attended the RE Barcamp in Houston.  Before I left, I wrote a post about leads that I have garnered from AR along with other social media sites:

How I Managed to Receive Leads from ActiveRain, Twitter and Facebook!

I told my wife jokingly that I need to travel more often, since that post gained me an additional 53 subscribers!  I might need to go to Houston every month.  :)

At any rate, I promised the comments to write a post about how to automatically feed your AR blog to Facebook.  I also later received several emails and phone calls about this. I will do my best to make this easy to follow:

First, log in to Facebook.

Then, go straight to this page: http://www.facebook.com/apps/

In the search box on the Application Directory page, type in "blogcast".  It should bring up this application:

Add the Simplaris Blogcast application and set it up to capture your ActiveRain RSS feed.  Your feed for ActiveRain is easy - mine is http://activerain.com/blogs/jasoncrouch/rss (all of them here follow the same format.

Your Blogcast will show up under your Profile page and each update appears on your Wall.

There is another application there called "My Blogs" that you could use if you prefer.  Both Simplaris Blogcast and My Blogs serve pretty much the same function, the best that I can tell.

 

TWITTER

I also had some folks ask me how to get your posts to show up on your Twitter stream.  This is very easy to set up now, since the AR staff was kind enough to add this feature awhile back. 

 

 

 

Simply go to your "My Home" page on AR (this is found at the top right of every page):

Then, click on "My Settings":

You will then see this box:

 

Just fill in your Twitter Username and Password and make sure you click on the Update button to save your settings.  I wouldn't recommend tweeting your "members only" posts, but that's just me.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I am happy to help!

You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jasoncrouch

      

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If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

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Rainer
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Pamelyn Meller
The Property Shoppe Team LLC - Lyndon Station, WI
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)

Since this blog post was originally written in 2008, is the twitter box still working? I do not see it on my settings page as shown above. 

May 02, 2011 04:30 PM #204
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Lisa Coates
Level Ten Construction Consultants - Halifax, NS
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I just wanted to say "Thank You" I searched the web for hours and learned more than I needed and all I wanted was how to address the link...RSS = Real Simple Stupid, lol. Thanks

Jul 26, 2011 04:26 PM #205
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Stephen Howell
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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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I tried searching for the Facebook connection to Active Rain; however when I treid, the pop up says this is not secure. This application does not yet support secure browsing (HTTPS) -- after reading the comments.  I will try another post.

Dec 10, 2011 09:03 AM #207
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

This could be very valuable for bloggers. Thanks for the info.

Aug 05, 2012 12:21 AM #208
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Rose Essy
Vail Real Estate and Homes, LLC - Vail, CO
CNE, ABR Owner/Broker 970.306.2198

Thanks Jason, really appriecate  your share!!

Aug 05, 2012 02:24 AM #209
Rainer
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Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Hey, Jason-  First of all, congrats on getting a blog post from 2008 onto the Daily Drop!  Wow!  BUT...  The Twitter option is no longer there. :(

Aug 05, 2012 04:31 AM #210
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Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

Jason:

I see you wrote this in 2008? I had no idea you've been able to do this for so long.

Aug 05, 2012 08:46 AM #211
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Thanks Jason, we will be working on getting that set up.  Make it a great week!

Aug 05, 2012 08:15 PM #212
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Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc.
Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc. - Camden, NJ
28 years in So. Jersey and the Greater Camden area

Jason, Thanks...We're going to give it a try!

Aug 06, 2012 12:48 AM #213
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Jason:

Interesting to read the stream of comments.  Some say that the tweeter option is no longer available.  And does the feed to facebook only go to your business page?  I will try to connect my blogs to twitter.

Aug 06, 2012 05:37 AM #214
Rainmaker
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Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

Jason:

I tried it last night but it no longer works.

Aug 06, 2012 10:45 AM #215
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Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

This could be a great tip for a lot of us. And encourage at least myself to do more posts on AR, like I used to. But the newer comments say the feature you mentioned no longer works. Is that true?

Aug 06, 2012 04:52 PM #216
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Ever since Jimmy Mackin said it's better to manually post blogs instead of syndicating (those kinds of posts tend to get buried in Facebook), I have been doing so with better results. However, I wouldn't think it would make much of a difference on Twitter because it goes by real time posts.

Aug 07, 2012 04:22 AM #217
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

OK I was told that the only stupid question was the one not asked.  So from the ignorant and stupid crowd - What is the difference between this and using the like button after we do our post?

Aug 08, 2012 01:47 PM #218
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Thomas Cruse
DataQuick - San Diego, CA
Product Manager at DataQuick

I don't have the Twitter setting. Ideas?

Aug 27, 2012 09:34 AM #219
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Don Cake

The quality of this article surpasses many others I've read. You have a keen eye for detail and your research was solid on this subject.

May 10, 2015 12:58 AM #222
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Loanemu

A round of applause for your article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

May 17, 2015 09:33 AM #223
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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Great Information. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 13, 2015 06:55 AM #228
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Mark Artesani
Keller Williams Realty - Fountain Valley, CA
Huntington & Newport Beach, Fountain Valley Homes

Thanks for the information. I have twitter setup but not FB.

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