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Google Calendar to Twitter – How to get the most out of your Google Calendar

UPDATE 9/26/11: The easiest way to get Google Calendar Events to Twitter.

UPDATE 8/5/11: Check out the update for Google Calendar to Twitter. It just might help with that pesky GMail verification code for forwarding.

UPDATE 1/21/10: I have just received information from Anil Chawla @anilchawla, creator of TweetyMail a competitor to TwitterMail. I have not had a chance to check it out but it looks promising. (See Anil’s post below)

UPDATE 1/19/10: TwitterMail is now working again through TwitterCounter.com. Thanks Boris… see UPDATE from 12/3/09

UPDATE 12/3/09: If you have been experiencing problems with TwitterMail here is what has happened:  TwitterMail was purchased by TwitterCounter.com but according to TwitterCounter’s founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten “…it will be back soon.”  Please check out their website.  I hope that TwitterMail will come back stronger than before.  Here is a link that gives an alternative method with an extra step. (http://bit.ly/5LClRD)

When I created our new school website over the summer one of the goals I had was to communicate with our audience in as many ways as possible. We now have news articles on the home page and we have an embedded Google Calendar. I also set up a page for the daily bulletin in written and video form as well as an RSS feed from two of our school Twitter accounts (LGHSCalendar & LGHSCafe) on the bulletin page, one to tell you coming events and the other to tell you the cafeteria menu for the day.

Communication in many forms was the primary goal, however a secondary goal was ease of maintenance.  I did not want to personally tweet the cafeteria menu daily or the daily events.  Automation was the key, but how?  I decided the easiest solution was to find a way to send our daily reminders from our Google Calendar of school events and cafeteria schedule to Twitter.  How to do this was the problem.  I tried SMS-to-SMS and even RSS-to-SMS but could not get the accounts to talk to one another. The answer was TwitterMail.com.  With this free service I was able to have Google Calendar send out an email reminder of an event to TwitterMail, TwitterMail in return would then post that reminder as a Tweet on our Twitter accounts.  The only thing I need to do is keep the calendar up to date.  As an added bonus Twitter has an RSS feed for an account profile, meaning that I can use that feed with an RSS reader gadget to post it dynamically on our website.

Again, communication was my goal and I was able to accomplish a big portion with a couple of calendars that were created already. Using these existing calendars we now are able to communicate in many ways with our audience.

Several people have asked me how I was able to set this up.  I decided to create a screen capture of the process to help them out.

This is the step-by-step version with instructions.

This is a quick animoto version.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in How To, Teaching, Tech Tid Bit

 

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