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The easiest way to get Google Calendar Events to Twitter

I have blogged before about how to send a Google Calendar Event Reminder to Twitter, but the process has changed.  So, I recently did an update, but the process had a bunch of confusing steps and hoops to jump through.  Now I am going to show you the easiest way to tweet out those events from Google Calendar.

You will need a few things to get started.  A Gmail account (personal or through a Google Apps Domain), A Google Calendar, A Twitter account, and last an account with ifttt.com. I would recommend creating a new Gmail, Google Calendar and Twitter account for this process.  I wouldn’t want you to be tweeting out a reminder for your next doctor’s appointment.

First, to get the process started, we need to set up your Google Calendar.  Go into your calendar notifications settings and set the default reminder for an email.  Choose a good amount of time you would like to have the reminder email before the event.  For our school calendar events; I use 2 days, for our cafeteria menu; I use 23 hours.

Your Gmail account will just be a pathway, there is nothing to set up, not even a forwarding email.

Next, we head on over to http://ifttt.com

ifttt.com is the glue that makes this such a straight forward and simple process. To skip the how to and just get started, just use my published recipe to get your events tweeting right away.

http://ifttt.com/recipes/2797 (you will still have to verify the connections to your account from ifttt.com)

If you would like to see the simple set up, just follow these steps.

1 – Create a new task.

2 – Select Gmail.

3 – Choose the “New email from” trigger.

4 – Add the email address from the Google Calendar Reminders and create the trigger.

calendar-notification@google.com

5 – Set up Twitter as the action channel.

6 – Choose the “Post a new tweet” action.

7 – Use the default action field {{Subject}} and create the action.

8 – Create the task.

Now add your events to your calendar and get tweeting.

Those of you with Facebook pages can even do this, here is my recipe for Google Calendar to Facebook pages. http://ifttt.com/recipes/2801

Danny Silva

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Teaching

 

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Google Calendar to Twitter – update

In the post “Google Calendar to Twitter – How to get the most out of Google Calendar” I should you how to set up Google Calendar to post to Twitter.  This worked great at the time I set it up but with time comes updates and changes.  One of the biggest hurdles that I have been questioned about is Gmail’s new verification to forward an email.  There is also the change in TwitterMail being purchased by TwitterCounter.  To help with confusion, I prepared a short presentation with the steps to get you up and running. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Teaching

 

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Google Calendar: How to use a Google Group with GCal to set up birthday announcements

How would you like to post a Happy Birthday wish for people in your school or group on their birthday and allow everyone else to add to those wishes?

I have been doing this for a great group of educators (Google Certified Teachers) over the last year and a friend, Mark Allen, has inspired me to post about how to make it happen. He has also given me the great idea to automate it for use in schools.  Wouldn’t it be great to wish every student a Happy Birthday?

We will look at both methods, one more personal and no automation and the other with automation but with better consistency.

What you will need:

  1. Google Calendar
  2. Google Group
  3. Gmail
  4. Everyone’s birth date

The personal birthday connection.

  1. Have a Google Group set up (this can be an exsisting group) with everyone.  In Google Apps you could use a Google Apps Administrator Group or a Google Apps User-managed Group (A group that a user sets up if User-Managed Groups has been turned on by an Admin) .  If you are not using Google Apps you can use a Google Group.
  2. Create a new Calendar and Share it with the Group so the members can add their birthdays to the calendar.
  3. As a member’s birthday comes close. Post a message to the group to wish that person a Happy Birthday and to encourage others to do the same. (To make things easy on yourself, add a default email reminder to the birthday calendar two to three days in advance.  Then you will receive an email so you will not forget to post to the group.)

The automated birthday connection.

  1. See #1 above (This could be a group that will only allow announcements or it could be interactive)
  2. Create a new Calendar.  You can still have members add their birthdays to the calendar by sharing it, but since you will be automating the process it might be cleaner to use a CSV file to import all the birthdays into the Calendar. (Suggestion: make the “appointment” subject something like “Happy Birthday John Smith”
  3. Be sure to add a default email reminder to the birthday calendar. Because this will be automated you will need to decide if you want to send the birthday announcement on that day or two to three days in advance.
  4. To make this fully automated you will need to create a filter in Gmail to forward the Happy Birthday reminder to the Group email from #1.  You will need to use the advanced filters to make sure only the Happy Birthday messages get forwarded to the group.
  5. If you want to really publicize the birthdays you could use Google Calendar to Twitter to Tweet the birthday news to all of your followers.

Now get out there and wish everyone a Happy Birthday!!!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Tech Tid Bit

 

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