I’ve already got updates on Just A Theory being pushed to my Twitter feed, but I’ve been trying for a while now to do the same thing on Facebook. If you’ll forgive my diversion from our usual topic of science, I thought I’d explain how I did it so that others can avoid hours of wasted Googling.
What I wanted was an automated process that would take newly published blog posts and put them into my News Feed on Facebook. If you want people to read your posts that’s the best place to put them, as when ever you login to Facebook the first thing you see is your friends’ News Feeds.
After trying many plugins it seems that the only one with this functionality that actually works is Full Circle. Its rather undescriptive name makes it quite hard to find, but its the one you want. I’m not going to explain how to install plugins – I’ll leave that to the WordPress help – but once you’ve got the plugin running on your blog, you’ll find it in the Dashboard under Settings > Full Circle.
Full Circle can actually update Twitter as well, but I’ve only tried it for Facebook. To get this working you must first “Enable posting to Facebook account” then go here to install Full Circle on Facebook. Allow Full Circle to post updates, then return to your WordPress settings and follow the link to connect Full Circle on WordPress to Full Circle on Facebook using the code it generates. Back in WordPress, you can set a couple of options, and then if everything works your next post should be published on Facebook as well. Phew.
Author of the plugin James Andrews is asking for donations to support the plugin. Normally I wouldn’t bother, but since this plugin has finally done exactly what I wanted, I’m going to swing him a few quid. Cheers James! Now, back to the science…