Automatic Posting to a Twitter Account

This document is a supplement to the Introduction to Class Blogs With Blogger tutorial.

If you would prefer, you can also open the Google Docs View Only Version.

A little note from Scott…

(author of this tutorial and friendly neighbourhood Digital Literacy Resource Teacher)

Let me be clear, I am not advocating following the students in your class or their parents and guardians on Twitter.  The section below describes a process to use Twitter to alert students/parents/guardians when there is a new post to your blog.  

As always, you should review the relevant OCT and ETFO advisories regarding social media and electronic communication.

You should also ensure you have the support of your school administrator before posting to a class Twitter account.  Feel free to use this resource to help explain the precautions you’ve taken to protect your own privacy, and that of students.

If This, Then That is a powerful tool that can automate many online tasks.  You can connect various online tools to create rules that make things happen.  In this case:

If there is a new post added to my class blog, send out a tweet about it using my class Twitter account.

Automatically Post to your Class Twitter Account Using IFTTT

  1. Use an (AWESOME) tool called IF THIS,  THEN THAT (IFTTT) to share your class blog post to your Facebook class page.
  2. Set up an IFTTT account.
  3. Navigate in your browser to https://ifttt.com/.
  4. Enter the appropriate information and click Join.

Automatically Post to your Class Twitter Account Using IFTTT

  1. Set up a Twitter account for your class (if you don’t have one) at https://twitter.com/signup.
  2. When you have your Twitter account set up, return to If This, Then That (IFTTT) at  (https://ifttt.com/).
  3. Click on the Create button.
  4. Click on this.
  5. Choose your Blogger Channel.
  6. Choose Any new post.
  7. Click Create Trigger.
  8. Click that.
  9. Select Twitter.
  10. Activate your Twitter Channel.
  11. Sign in with your Twitter username/password and click Authorize App.
  12. Select Post a tweet.
  13. Click on the + button to add the post content (this gives readers a preview of the post, though it will be truncated by Twitter).


  14. Click Create Recipe when you are finished.
  15. Awesome!  You’ve just set your Twitter account up to automatically tweet out updates to your blog.
  16. Return to your blog, write a short test post and publish it.  Then return to IFTTT to test your recipe.
  17. You should see something like this on Twitter now…

Add a Follow via Twitter button to your Blog

  1. SIgn in to your Twitter account at https://twitter.com.  
  2. Click on the Gears button and then Settings.
  3. Click on the Widgets button and then Add new.
  4. Click here to create a Follow on Twitter button.
  5. Select the Follow button.
  6. Choose; Show username, Large Button, and Opt-out of tailoring Twitter
  7. Select all of the HTML code and copy it.
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  8. Return to your class blog dashboard page and choose Layout.
  9. Click on Add a Gadget and then choose HTML/JavaScript.
  10. Paste the HTML code you copied into the content section and then press Save.
  11. Move the Gadget to the place you would like in your layout and click Save arrangement.