I may have finally found what I’m looking for concerning RSS updates and the CIT FaceBook page. RSS-Connect http://www.facebook.com/apps looks as if it may be just the thing I need for posting RSS feeds to the main wall feed. I don’t plan on using this for anything like the CIT Twitter search but I do plan on setting it up for the official calendar feeds for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology as well as the CIT departments calendar feed.
I spent several hours over the past week or so trying to find something that owuld work well and after viewing some other schools using this exact same app I think this will work out. So keep your eyes peeled to your FaceBook wall feed for updates coming from CIT@IUPUI.edu!
I’ve spent the better part of this afternoon trying to figure out how I can update the Facebook status of the CIT@IUPUI.edu page via a RSS feed. There are several apps out there that let you import a feed but it adds it very small off to the left. What I’m looking for is having the RSS feed update the status smack dab in the middle of the page. I’m still looking for a good solution.
What I have figured out though is I want to use a yahoo pipe as the be all end all feed that updates the status. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one I will have complete control in one place for the feeds. Instead of having several different feeds going to facebook directly I can have the one feed from Yahoo pipes go to facebook and then in Yahoo Pipes I can add, remove, or update feeds all from a nice GUI. Here is an example of what that looks like:
The Yahoo Pipe for the CIT page
Making a yahoo pipe is as easy as dragging and dropping over the controls and then linking them together. For now I just have the one feed which is a Twitter search for the CIT hashtag but I can add more feeds say for instance a CIT Diigo group. Then all the CIt students could share their favorite Tech stories and they will automatically show up on the Facebook page.
Using all these different services is turning working on the CIT Facebook page into more of a project involving working on CIT’s Social Media Strategy. Exciting stuff! If you have any ideas about CIT’s Social Media Strategy please leave me a comment.