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Application Settings: Bitly Accounts

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Bitly Accounts

You can use RSS Graffiti to publish shortened URLs to Facebook.


What does RSSGraffiti need:

In order to shorten your URLs, RSSGraffiti needs you to connect your bitly account(s) (... and you to request that URLs are to be shortened)

This is required among others  because bitly has a limitation on the number of requests allowed per user. Thus it is impossible for RSSGraffiti to shorten the URLs of all its users as this limit is just not adequate.

Furthermore, using your own  bitly account, you can get detailed statistics about the clicks your URLs are getting .

You need to add at least one bitly account at your User account settings to be able to shorten your feed URLs  in any of your walls.

Connecting your account is done using the bitly Login, and the bitly API key . We are NOT asking you to give us your bitly password, only to authorize us to use it to shorten your URLs.


What does RSSGraffiti do:

RSSGraffiti uses the account that is configured for each feed to parse your feed's URLs, shorten them, and using your configuration settings publishes it on your wall.

Bitly accounts are added per user account. You can add multiple bitly accounts.  These accounts can be used for any Profile, Fan Page or Group a user administers, and for any of the feeds added to these walls.

RSSGraffiti uses a cascading logic to determine which account to use for each feed.

First it checks if an account is specified for the specific feed and uses it.

If nothing is configured it checks to see if a bitly account is selected for the Fan Page / Profile / Group and uses it.

If nothing is found it looks if any accounts are added (by any of the users administering the specified wall) and uses the first available.

If nothing is found it tries to use its own generic account without guaranteed results (due to the requests limitation aforementioned)


How To Configure:


This is done in simple steps:

  1. Add your Bitly Account by clicking the "Add account" button and following the on screen instructions.
    • Note: Repeat this step for any more bitly accounts you want to add.
  2. Go to each of your Profile / Fan Page / Group settings , to select the twitter account  to be used by feeds published on this wall
    • Note: If you do note complete that step, then any of your bitly accounts will be used automatically for shortening the URLs of your RSS feeds by RSSGraffiti
    • Note: For Fan Pages and Groups, if none of the administrators completes this step, any bitly  account from any of the admins will be selected automatically by the system if one exists
    • Note: If no bitly accounts can be found by RSSGraffiti, the application will try to use a generic account. This is not guaranteed as this account has a lmiited threshold of allowed requests on bitly.
    • Note: The settings on this level act as the default for this Wall. This setting can be overridden at a per feed level.
  3. Add your RSS feed on the desired wall.
  4. Configure the RSS feed according to your needs. 
    • Go to any of the Feeds for which you want to define separate settings, and chose the selected bitly account under the section General.
      • Note: This setting overrides your per Page/ Profile/ Group configuration, and if it exists is the one RSSGraffiti obeys.
      • At the time of writing these lines (1.9.1 beta) short URLs are only available for twitter feeds. Go to the Tab Transform, to enable or disable short URLs for your twitter feeds. This is going to be available for an type of Feed, in one of our next releases.
    • Edit any other options you wish. Some important settings lie in the Schedule and Filter Tabs  
  5. Preview all your settings by clicking on the "Fetch and preview" link. This is an exact - or as close as it can get - preview of the post that will appear on your wall. Modify your settings to get a live preview of the changes before you save them!
  6. Save your feed. 


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