Why & How I Built an Auto Retweet

Last month I setup an auto retweet, so that every tweet from @ignitedenver would be immediately reposted by @ethang (my personal twitter account). If that doesn’t make sense to you, you should start with a twitter primer, or learn about 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter first.

Why did I setup an auto retweet?

The answer is simple: last year I became an honorary member of the Ignite Denver Board of Organizers.  I volunteered to be the video director, and board membership was part of the gig.  So I am obliged to help promote the good name of Ignite Denver. By the way, It’s a fun event, and you should find your local Ignite group and get involved if you haven’t already. (Or, try Pecha Kucha, or even Toastmasters to practice your stagemanship.)

How did I setup an auto retweet?

It took me a little while to figure this out, but with a little help of a online tutorials (1,2), I figured out how to automatically retweet from one twitter account to another. Here are the two main steps:

  1. First I setup a yahoo pipe, which grabs the @ignitedenver tweets, filters out all @ mentions and retweets, optimizes the syntax (adds AutoRT to all posts), and republishes it. You can see it in action here. And if you click on Get as RSS, then you can copy the RSS feed and setup your own auto-retweeter in the next step.
  2. Next, you should browse on over to http://feedburner.google.com. if you don’t have an account, you can start one with any RSS feed (like the one mentioned above). Paste in your RSS feed location, follow the introductory steps, and soon you’ll see your full account options. Click on ‘Socialize’ at left and then ‘Publicize’ up top, and you’ll see the option to automatically publish the RSS feed to your twitter account. You’ll need to authorize feedburner’s use of your twitter account, and then activate the feed, and voila! It works!

If you’ve done this differently, please leave a comment and let us know how!

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  1. Ng Wai Mun February 27, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    Does this still work now? I dun see the Tweets being ReTweeted..

  2. John February 24, 2012 at 3:48 am |

    Thanks for the tutorial. Greatly appreciated.

  3. Ganna July 11, 2012 at 12:13 am |

    There is no need to invent something to make automatic retweets. Here is up-to-date free auto-retweet service – RoundTeam – roundteam.co. It is really easy to use.

  4. Vlad July 16, 2012 at 7:29 am |

    There are several easy-to-use services today for doing auto-retweets. One of them is new and free, it is called Retranstwitter (retranstwitter.com) – it is a service to do the retweet job for you. Set it to automatically retweet posts from your Twitter feed according to a set of rules: by author, by hashtag or use the combination of both. It is extremely simple.

  5. Askin Akhan August 10, 2014 at 5:40 am |

    Hi guys!

    Great idea! I wanted to do the same thing but took it so far as to create my own service! Ha! It may be useful to you guys too. We automate curated tweets, Retweets and Favorites under specific filters or hashtags. This grows your twitter audience by engaging with potential followers and engaging with current followers allowing you to focus on your product. But the best thing is that it does everything you need and you don’t have to touch it. It will grow your audience better than you can too! We’re currently in private beta so if you’re interested please visit the site (twarma.com) and sign up.

    Any feedback is massively appreciated!


  6. Bocha November 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm |

    I placed the code in haeder.php and the single.php’s code. Only a text saying tweet’ is displayed instead of the whole button. Upon click, it works. But visually, it’s not right. I’m confused.You didn’t say what to replace with YOUR TWITTER HANDLE..-= Sajib s last blog .. =-.

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