Category Archives: Social Networking

Post Your Facebook Status to Twitter

There are some great tools out there that let you post your twitter updates to Facebook. But, some people want to go the other way and post their Facebook Status to Twitter.

Here is one way that you can do that quite easily:

  1. Get the address for your Facebook Status RSS feed. To do that you can click on this link, http://www.new.facebook.com/minifeed.php?filter=11, when you are logged into Facebook. Then scroll down the page and on the right side you will see “Subscribe to these Stories” with a link to “My Status” under it. Right click on “My Status” and copy the URL or Link. (UPDATE May 3, 2009) Facebook changed things on us, so check out here to find out how to get your RSS feed from your Facebook Updates. Then come back here to follow the rest of the tutorial.
  2. Go to www.twitterfeed.com and set-up an account there.
  3. Once you have set-up an account click on “go to my twitter feeds (or create a new one)
  4. Click on “Create new feed”
  5. Fill out your relevant Twitter account details and then paste the URL that you copied above into the “RSS Feed URL:” box.
  6. Select the update frequency (depends on how much you update Facebook.
  7. In the “Include” select the option “title only” and remove the check mark next to “Include item link” (unless you want people to link to your Facebook profile with every update, in which case you will want to leave it checked).
  8. Leave the next option set to “pubDate”.
  9. Select a Prefix like “FB Status: ” or something similar. Keep it short.
  10. Leave the other options and click on the “Create” button.

Be aware that Twitter only allows updates that are 140 characters, including the prefix that you selected in step 9. This means that you will need to keep your FaceBook status updates short, or twitterfeed will cut the end off the update.

Upload a File to your Ning Social Network.

If you have a Ning Social Network you will find that there is no easy place to upload a file to your Ning profile or the pages. There is no file depository or folder system that is accessible by the user, or even network administrators or creators.

The easiest way that I have found to upload a file to Ning is to create a comment on the Ning Social Network site that you are working on, and attach a file to that comment. You can even delete the comment after making it, and still have the file on the server.

Below is a video tutorial showing you how to do it:

Let us know if you have any other ideas with working with Ning Social Networks below in the comments.

Good luck playing with your Ning …

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Batch Delete Delicious Bookmarks in Bulk

I was sorting through my del.icio.us bookmarks this morning and realized that for some stupid reason I had imported all my Firefox bookmarks into my del.icio.us bookmarks. Since I use delicious for my public bookmarks, and not for private bookmarks at this time, I had over 400 bookmarks that I wanted to batch delete.

The only way that del.icio.us allows users to delete bookmarks is one at a time. This would be an extremely painful way to delete all the bookmarks. I wanted to find a way to batch delete the bookmarks, which would be quick and easy.

Script Re-Mark describes itself as:

This service helps you manage your bookmarks stored on popular social bookmarking site del.icio.us. If you’ve ever wanted to make edits to all your bookmarks in one hit (“batch mode”), then this is for you. It makes it easy to re-tag bookmarks en masse, make wholesale changes to URLs or update descriptions in bulk. You can also toggle public/private sharing settings and mass delete bookmarks.

This is exactly what I was looking for to clean up my delicious bookmarks. You don’t have to provide any login details to the site, only copy a line of code that is available at the bottom of the page.

The service works exactly as described and my del.icio.us account is now free of the imported links.

You can try out the Script Re-Mark service here.

Hide Google Ads on Ning Social Networking

You can hide the Google Ads on your personal page in Ning. Ning is a Social Networking platform where you can create your own Social Networking site. Well you could say it’s mean to hide the ads that will generate income for the creators and I sympathize with that but let me tell why I want to hide them. I joined a Social Networking created by a Christian Friend and during my first few visits I caught a few ads that were not quite appropriate for the content of the group, one of them being “Married Dating”, not sure I want to advertise that on a Christian Social Network – or anywhere else. Anyway excuses apart, here is how you do it (based on your own conscience).

  1. Log on to your ning site and click on “My Page”
  2. click on “Customize appearance”
  3. Scroll down and click on the Advanced tab
  4. add the following text to the textarea available
  5. .xg_ads { height:0px; width:0px; }
    .xg_module { background:#FAF7D8; }
  6. change #FAF7D8 to the background color of your template – if you change the template you will need to change this line also
  7. Done

Now you do this based on your own conscience, I’m just sharing my tips, Im’ not talking you into doing this ;).

Open Source Social Networking – Finally!

The lads and lasses over at less everything have been busy! They have released an open source social networking system based on Ruby on Rails. Ray Cheung spotted this and wrote a great post over at webappers.com. LOVDbyLess is aiming to be the WordPress of social networks – and why not? Why should Facebook have all the fun? As of today it has been downloaded 2293 times so it is very new. It is released under the MIT license. Check it out!