How To Post Updates To Over 50 Social Networks At Once - Hellotxt, Posterous, Pixelpipe and Ping.FM
Update over 50 Social Networks with one click
With many social networks popping up, and a lot of social network aggregators finally being developed and available to the public, this new wave of social network aggregators was bound to happen. These ones can post to many different networks at once, and using the power of all the ones I have found, I have been able to update over 50 networks with one click (with some lag on some networks). Not only that, one of the networks can send the message to your cell phone to be text message to groups you specify. It's not difficult at all and you don't have to know any coding or HTML. You will really just be copying and pasting API codes (provided by each site), RSS feed URL's, emails and signing in/up a lot. But once it is all finally over, you can send updates to hundreds of people all over the world.
Keep in mind that this may not be the network map for everyone. This map can be rearranged in hundreds of ways. Once you get familiar with which social networks can do what, then you can figure out your own map and have something like a Facebook update be the central social network instead of PixelPipe like in this map. I just chose this way because the map I've found with the most API connections, which means instant updates.
Also, this whole network is centered around status updates. There is a whole other network map you can create for upload your videos and photos, with a whole lot more social networks to update with actual photos and videos, and not just statuses and links.
The first step is signing up. It is tedious to do this over 50 times, but you may already have signed up at some sites. I was already signed up for some sites that I had forgotten about and even have friends on those networks. I've definitely made this step a lot easier by making a list of the working and most active networks that can aggregate. All of them with links directly to the site for fact access. You can also download some type of autoform plugin for your internet browser. That can same a lot of typing time. Once you have finally set up an account at all the sites, it's up to you how much you want to put into each network. I recommend at least completing your profile on each network so people know you are a real person. It would also be good to have friends on each network, so start some adding. Most of the networks publicize your updates, but it's good to have a number of how many people can see this on their own feed when they log in on each network.
When you have all of your social networks ready to connect, you will be starting at PixelPipe (if you plan to update your networks with an RSS feed or email, you can do that here). They name the feeds you connect "Pipes". Each pipe you connect will be updated when you update PixelPipe. All the connects require you to get the API code on the other networks, but there is usually a link to get your API code on that same page, so there is usually no searching for anything. It is a privacy issue, so PixelPipe cannot just grab the code from the link. Make sure to connect to Ping.FM, since that is the next aggreposter. You will also have to connect to Hellotxt, but it is not done in the same way. There is no pipe for Hellotxt (I'm sure this will change soon), but you can get the email account from Hellotxt (You can find your own personal email on Hellotxt in your settings) and insert an email pipe in PixelPipe to connect. There is a delay sometimes so everything on this side many lag. Make sure to post some test updates to check everything works (If Hellotxt doesn't update, don't worry about it now).
Once you have connect the two other aggreposters, and if you are following this guide, here is a checklist of what pipes to add on PixelPipe
Twitter is so popular that hundreds of sites that promote your tweets are popping up all over. And these sites make it incredible easy to sign up. You can just sign up with Twitter. Just make sure not to choose a service that autoposts to Twitter, or else you will have looping. The sites I've chosen very pretty random. I know there are more out there, so you can choose whichever sites you like. Be sure to join Redgage though. They are an awesome social network for people who want to make money for everything you can do on a social network.
Diigo is a popular bookmarking site. It's not really a social network, but you can autopost your tweets here with the help of packrati.us.
This is the next aggreposter. This social network can post to many popular networks as well. All of the postings from Ping.fm are through API so it is always updated fast on this side of the network. I've found some sites not working (Bebo wasn't connecting), so make sure the networks you connect are working.
Here is a list of what to add on this social network aggreposter.
via Ping.FM via PixelPipe
Yahoo! Profiles (choose either this or Yahoo! Meme, they post to the same stream)
Identi.ca - Statusnet (No posts with links will show)
So this is a nice little combo I have discovered. After getting autoposted to Posterous, Posterous can autopost to more social networks. Pretty exciting. And connecting them is easy. It is all API as well.
via Posterous via Ping.FM via PIxelPipe
Blogger and Brightkite
Blogger will allow you to expand your network even further but submit your blogs feed to any site that accepts an RSS feed. I've found two networks that are pretty active, but I'm sure there are more out there. Blogger makes it easy to obtain your RSS feed, so grab it and submit.
Brightkite will allow you to expand your network to your cell phone contacts. People are writing hundreds of texts, individually, a day. People are getting use to always have text messages, just like emails. You will need to app on your phone, so make sure you have a compatible phone.
via Blogger via Posterous via Ping.FM via PixelPipe
via Brightkite via Ping.FM via PixelPipe
The final social network aggreposter in this list. It has a huge list of networks to autopost to, but I have found some of them not working. The ones I have been able to connect to are listed here and this is where the majority of foreign networks lie. This is also where the update will lag, due to the email connect, so I tried to get the less popular networks on this side. This poster uses API so as soon as the email update is received, your networks are updated.
Hellotxt puts your updates on its own page called your lifestream. It also gives an RSS feed. I like the format of the feed Hellotxt gives, than the one Blogger does, so I use this RSS feed to submit to another group of social networks. You can submit it to as many more as you find. It will lag at this level, so it might take a little longer than everything else to reach these networks. You also don't even have to use Hellotxt's feed. Friendfeed has a lifestream with RSS too. Hellotxt just has a cool link shortening feature to links in their updates, and that is always good. I've also included Squidoo and Hubpages because you can feed your Lifestream RSS to whatever pages you create. And since these sites have a large network of people constantly on, why not?
via Hellotxt via PIxelpipe Email
via Hellotxt Lifestream RSS via PixelPipe Email
This is if you have some extra time after your one click to mass networks. I'm sure you do. These sites do not have any way to post automatically, they are are still worthy to have your content. I put some new sites I've never heard of before that I discovered as well.
via Manual Post
Digg (You can now update this automatically with an RSS feed after an initial verification. Thanks to minso for the update!)
So this is the network that I have come up with. You can easily connect to over 50 networks as well. Remember, you don't have to follow this example exactly. You can adjust it to whatever works for you and your current networks. Happy Social Networking!