Category Archives: How To

Updating Twitter from a Facebook RSS feed

Last November Eureka Burger opened a new store in San Luis Obispo and I wanted to keep up to date on events, so I searched for them on Twitter. No luck. They didn’t have a Twitter account, but they did have a Facebook page.

@EurekaBurgerSLO

Since I knew I could publish to Twitter from the excellent ifttt using an RSS feed I setup an Unofficial Eureka Burger SLO Twitter account, @EurekaBurgerSLO. A few clicks to create a Recipe on ifttt and the account was up and running.

Enter Facebook Timelines

When Facebook switched on the new Timeline feature the RSS feed for Eureka Burger SLO stopped working and the @EurekaBurgerSLO account stopped updating. Since I didn’t have a Facebook account I asked my wife to go through the process of finding an RSS feed for a Facebook Timeline. We couldn’t find one, so I gave up on the account and approached a Manager at Eureka Burger SLO about taking over the account. He agreed and I turned over the account to Eureka Burger. I was absolutely trilled. I no longer had to maintain the account and all the problems that might come along for the ride.

Why isn’t it updating?

After a while I noticed the @EurekaBurgerSLO account stopped updating. Why? Well it looks like they had one person updating the feed, instead of hooking it to their Facebook account to automagically publish to Twitter. As of this writing the last update was June 8, 2012. That really bummed me out.

Introducing @SLOEurekaBurger

That’s right, I’ve created a new account so I can automagically update it and see what beer is featured on “Steal the glass night.”

This time around I did a bit of digging, ok, I did a single Google query that lead me to this entry of Stack Overflow. It allowed me to dig out the Facebook RSS feed for Eureka Burger SLO with a couple URL’s.

How To Find a Facebook Wall RSS Feed

We’re going to use the Eureka Burger SLO Facebook account as an example, since it’s what I used.

Step 1: Right click the GIGANTOR image, known as a Cover, and copy the URL.

Step 1: Copy the URL

In this case the URL is:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=335049253213178&set=a.335049249879845.89916.234741763243928&type=1

All we need is the fbid parameter, in bold above.

Step 2: Check the Facebook Graph for that fbid

http://graph.facebook.com/335049253213178

The graph call will produce a JSON feed that looks like this:

Step 1: Copy the URL

Notice the highlighted number id. We need to copy that number for the next step in the process.

Step 3: Get the RSS Feed

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=234741763243928&format=rss20

Once again, notice the bold text above. That’s the id we copied from step two. Now you have an RSS feed for a Facebook Wall. Very nice.

Step 4: Create an ifttt Recipe

Since I needed a way to publish that RSS feed to the new @SLOEurekaBurger Twitter account I chose to use ifttt. I’ll let you go explore that. Ifttt is an awesome service if you need to transform data from one format to another, or from a format to a social media stream, like going from a Facebook RSS feed to Twitter.

Hopefully someone will find this useful. I know I did. Let’s hope it works.

iOS and KoamTac Bluetooth Scanners

I’ve been working on an application that pairs an iPhone, or iPod Touch, with a KoamTac KDC300i Bluetooth Scanner. I’m having a great time on the app and the scanner is awesome, but the website of the company supporting it is difficult to navigate. Every time I need to configure one of these little darlings I have to find the instructions included in the package to do it.

Not any more! I’m going to write it down, here in my web brain, so I can find it the next time I need to use it.

Step #1: Prepare the Bluetooth Scanner

  1. Press both Side Buttons at once to access the KDC Menu.
  2. Press the side Bottom Button until “BT Config” is highlighted.
  3. Press the Scan Button to select.
  4. Make sure “Connect Device” is highlighted, if not, press up or down Side Button and locate it.
  5. Press the Scan Button to select.
  6. Use the Side Buttons to navigate to HID.
  7. Press the Scan Button to move the asterisk.
  8. Highlight “Save & Exit”
  9. Press the Scan Button to select.
  10. Use the Side Buttons to navigate to “Top Menu”
  11. Press the Scan Button to select.
  12. Press the Side Buttons to navigate to “BT Service”
  13. Press the Scan Button to select.
  14. Press the Side Buttons to navigate to “Pairing”
  15. Wait here – Move on to Step #2

Step #2: Prepare the iOS Device

  1. Tap on “Settings”
  2. Tap on “General”
  3. Tap on “Bluetooth”
  4. Set the “Bluetooth” Switch control to “On”

Step #3: Finish Configuring the Bluetooth Scann

  1. The Scanner should be waiting on “Pairing”
  2. Press the Scan Button
  3. “Pairing Started…” should display
  4. Wait
  5. When finished the Scanner will beep and display HID Connected

Done! Now you can scan to your hearts content.

PS: It figures that once I write these down I find the instructions on the website.

PPS: Barcode Guy does an awesome job with these scanners.

Configure @Twitterrific to use @mlkshk

With all the hubbub surrounding the Terms of Service changes at TwitPic I thought I’d share how to configure Twitterrific to use a hot new photo sharing site, mlkshk.

Steps for configuring Twitterrific on an iPhone.

Sorry, I don’t have an iPad, but they should be similar.

First off Twitterrific doesn’t have its configuration settings inside the application. You’ll need to tap the Home button and locate the Setting’s App Icon.

Step #1: Tap the Settings Icon.

Step #2: Scroll down until you find Twitterrific, then tap it. This will open the Twitterrific Settings.

Step #3: Scroll down to Advanced. Tap it.

Step #4: Scroll down to URL, tap the edit field, and type “https://mlkshk.com/upload” minus the quotes, you’re all done! Congratulations! When you add a photo to a tweet it will now show up in your mlkshk Shake.

Steps for configuring on Twitterrific Mac.

Step #1: Start Twitterrific.

Step #2: Select Twitterrific > Preferences…

Step #3: In the “Custom Upload Service” edit field type “https://mlkshk.com/upload” minus the quotes, you’re all done!

The reason this works is both The Icon Factory and mlkshk saw fit to support the TwitPic upload API.