I wish I could use TweetDeck to pull in my IBM Connections feeds #in
— Bruce Elgort (@belgort) June 26, 2012
The basic process is:
1. Identify the IBM Connections feed URL that you want to add
2. Submit the IBM Connections fee URL to FreeMyFeed to create an unauthenticated version of it
3. Create a Twitter account to post the feed to
4. Submit the unauthenticated feed generated from FreeMyFeed in step 2 to twitterfeed and configure twitfereed to post the feed content to the Twitter account created in step 3
5. Add the Twitter account to Tweetdeck
DISCLAIMER: The process requires you to publish content from your IBM Connections implementation and make it public on the Internet. I take no responsibility for you publishing restricted information from your IBM Connections implementation publicly on the Internet. You know your content and if it is sensitive or not, if it’s sensitive don’t make it public.
1. Identify the IBM Connections Feed URL
This feed will return the same status updates as the “Discover” section of the “Updates” tab.
For your feed follow the documentation to determine the feed URL that you wish to use and obviously replace “https://greenhouse.lotus.com” with the address of your IBM Connections implementation.
2. Submit the IBM Connections Feed to FreeMyFeed
As most IBM Connections implementations will require authentication the feed needs to be submitted to a service such as FreeMyFeed which will create an unauthenticated version of the IBM Connections feed. Just visit https://freemyfeed.com and supply the feed URL from step 1 and the username and password of your IBM Connections implementation.
3. Create a Twitter Account to Post the Feed to
Rather than posting the IBM Connections status updates to your own Twitter account you probably want to create a new Twitter account so that you (and anyone else that may find it useful) can subscribe to it separately.
4. Submit the FreeMyFeed Feed to twitterfeed
In order to automatically post the status updates to the Twitter account created in step 3 I use the twitterfeed service.
a. Create an account on twitterfeed and select “Create New Feed”
b. Provide a name for your feed, e.g. “IBM Greenhouse” and copy and paste the URL generated by FreeMyFeed in step 2, e.g. “https://freemyfeed.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9ncmVlbmhvdXNlLmxvdHVzLmNvbS9uZXdzL2F0b20vc3Rvcmllcy9wdWJsaWM6OmZyYXlsaW5nYWoxQGNhcmRpZmYuYWMudWs6OlBRcU9NT0NPVUZhQ3JYek5ENmhDTWpvNk1nPT0=”
c. Click “test rss feed” and you should see that the feed is “Active” and that the “Feed parsed OK” as shown below
d. Before moving on to Step 2 of the twitterfeed wizard select the “Advanced Settings” option and change the “Post Content” field to “title only”
e. Continue to Step 2 of the twitterfeed wizard and you should see that the feed has been successfully created:
f. Select the option to connect to Twitter and authenticate the twitterfeed service to the Twitter account created in step 3.
g. Leave the UTM Tags as the defaults, select “Create Service” and you should see:
h. Click “All Done” and “Go to Dashboard”
It can take up to an hour for twitterfeed to start processing feeds, but after a while you should see that it is posting to the Twitter account:
5. Add the Twitter Account to Tweetdeck
Add the account to Tweetdeck, add a column, select to display “Tweets” and select the relevant Twitter account.