After each blog post is published, we need to let people know that a new post is published. We can’t expect people to only find out about the new post through the RSS feed. For this blog, I tweet out that I have a new blog post. However,
I don’t want to have remember to send out the tweet because I will forget or get busy with something else. Instead, sending out a tweet should be done for me.
To automate the process we are going to use Zapier to monitor the RSS feed for new post and then add it to Buffer. I use Buffer as a way to schedule tweets to go out at specific
times throughout the day.
I could have also used IFTTT but they do not have the ability to submit to the top of the Buffer list, so instead I would either have to have my post wait in the buffer list along
with everything else I am retweeting or would have to immediately send it to Twitter. This wasn’t the desired functionality that I wanted.
If you haven’t heard of either of these systems before they both work pretty much the same way. They monitor something and then take action when it changes. They both have hundreds of task that you can automate against a variety of different
systems like Trello, Github, Google Sheet, etc.
You will need an account in order to use these systems. Both of them are free but Zapier limits the number of automated task to 5 and the number of times it can run to 100 times per month. IFTTT does not appear to have any limits.
Both systems work extremely well it is just a matter of which system has the ability to interact with the system you trying to automate.