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Ping-tastic: Ping.fm integration is here!

By Jeff | 6 years ago | 66 Comments

You asked for it… and here it is: We just introduced Ping.fm integration on HootSuite.com.

What’s Ping.fm? Think of it as your social network glue.

A Ping.fm account lets you send a single update to multiple networks simultaneously: Facebook, WordPress, MySpace, LinkedIn, and more. And now you’re able to send those updates through HootSuite to take advantage of scheduling, clickthrough stats, and all the sweet goodness HootSuite has to offer.

Here’s how it works:

1) Sign up for Ping.fm:

2) Hook all your social networks up to Ping.fm:

(Don’t worry about adding your Twitter account to Ping.fm — HootSuite will handle your Twitter updates.)

3) Add some custom triggers to Ping.fm, if you like.


HootSuite adds Ping.fm

 

Triggers let you specify a subset of social network accounts that you’d like to post to. For example, you could create a trigger called “status” and have that trigger only send updates to Facebook and GTalk, for example.

4) In HootSuite, as an admin, click on “Settings.” At the bottom of the “Account” tab, you’ll see a Ping.fm section.

5) Paste in your application key, and add a trigger if you like. (If you leave the trigger field blank, it’ll try to send to all your Ping.fm networks.)

6) Choose which Twitter profiles should send data to Ping.fm.

…And that’s it! Any tweets sent from the selected Twitter profiles will be sent to Ping.fm.

This is an early release of this feature, and we’re super excited about the possibilities.

A few things to be aware of:

* DMs are not sent to Ping.fm. Any tweets starting with “d username” or “dm username” are considered DMs.

* Any RSS feeds you’ve set up in HootSuite will not be sent to Ping.fm. This helps us avoid issues where a Ping.fm-enabled blog is linked via RSS to HootSuite, which sends to Ping.fm, which sends to HootSuite… eventually destroying the Internet.

* Your tweets are sent to Twitter by HootSuite, then sent to Ping.fm. If you have your Twitter account linked to Ping.fm, don’t worry — we won’t send to any Twitter accounts linked through Ping.fm. This helps avoid duplicate postings.

* We’re not currently parsing the tweet itself for triggers. Ping.fm’s API requires triggers and message text sent separately. Rather than worry about parsing on our end, you’ll need to set up a trigger through the Settings page if you want to use one.

We’ve already got some ideas about how we might improve Ping.fm integration… here are a few things we’re considering:

  1. Allowing you to select a trigger for each tweet — so you can more easily control where your messages are going on a per-tweet basis.
  2. Allowing you to set up multiple Ping.fm keys (for example, if certain Twitter profiles should send updates to one Ping.fm account, and others should send updates to another).
  3. More-better-izing. =)

Your feedback is, as always, much appreciated!

60 comments
Lee
Lee

When will you be adding Pixelpipe to your network? Awaiting a response. Thanks.

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Lee,

We're always looking to add new features and improve the dash. Submit Pixelpipe to our Feedback Channel for consideration.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

I had a question. What if I had multiple accounts that I have with ping.fm (each accounts has a different appi key), if I am able to upload multiple accounts with hootsuite and intergate ping.fm would I be able to use different api keys?

Jeff
Jeff

@Roger -- Yep. Just add each Ping.fm account separately.

Eric Brown
Eric Brown

Images are not showing up on this page.

Wendy
Wendy

Nice app! Hootsuite is the best.

Joss
Joss

This would be great...but none of the pictures are loading?

Can we get the broken pics fixed?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Yes indeed, images on some older blog posts were deleted - we'll work on getting them reposted.

Casey
Casey

That is awesome. HootSuite is the best.

Kazunari Hirano
Kazunari Hirano

I've found it at the "Add Social Network" of the "Social Networks" tab.

Kazunari Hirano
Kazunari Hirano

Hi, in HootSuite, as an admin, click on “Settings,”and I couldn't find Ping.fm section at the bottom of the“Account”tab.

Bill Davis
Bill Davis

Hootsuite totally rocks! I love this service!!!

However (you knew this was coming), I wish there were a tutorial on how to use it with ping.fm...specifically, how to parse out different messages. For example, I may want to use hootsuite to schedule a message that gets posted to a FB page and a specific twitter account, but schedule another message to post to my FB profile, twitter, and digg...

I am kind of lost in getting this set up in the most efficient and effective way.

Hootsuite Help
Hootsuite Help

If you have any unresolved questions related to the ping.fm integration, or any other hootsuite/owly related feedback, please send your queries to feedback.hootsuite.com

My Insurance Guys
My Insurance Guys

It's been awhile and it looks like the multiple ping groups idea has been shelved. Any word on if it's still coming? The integration is AWESOME, but that would make it AWESOMETASTIC!

JNFerree
JNFerree

@Mari Smith

By the by Mari ~ Glad to see even you high profile Marquis are in the learning mode too! And so you know, your photo (brand) is working girl!

bloggista
bloggista

Wow, one cool stuff. LOL, I suppose I should use this one...

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

All good, I worked it out, blonde moment!

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

I'm having trouble with Ping.fm integration. I got the API Key but when I add it to my Hootsuite account it says "Please enter a valid application key".

I also get the following note on Ping.fm:

"Note: API keys are meant for application developers. If you are using a Ping.fm app that someone has created, it shouldn't require you submit an API key. Since we've recently changed this process, some of the apps might not have been updated to meet new requirements.

If you are using an app that requires an API key, contact the developer, or visit the app's website for an up-to-date version. "

@wvpv
@wvpv

@Twittergator

I agree. Please filter out @replies! It really is pointless in Facebook.

Nick
Nick

Great twitter app. Need link tracking from ping post though because if you post through your Blackberry, no Hootsuite link tracking because ping doesn't use ow.y and Hootsuite doesn't use ping shortner.

Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše)
Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše)

I'd love to propagate my delicious bookmarks and Google Reader's Shared items (which are available through public RSS feeds) to social networks I have accounts in. Why not let users choose to let RSS feeds they set up in HootSuite to be sent to Ping.fm?

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Stephen Conroy
Stephen Conroy

I really think the ping.fm integration is great! I would like to be able to specify which tweets get sent to ping on a per tweet basis. To try to accomploish this, I created a new twitter account. I then set it up in HootSuite to send tweets to ping.fm. Now my ping.fm account will update my primary twitter account http://www.twitter.com/stephenpconroy and my facebook page. However, I noticed that when I send a tweet out through the new account @pingSteve, the tweet goes to @pingSteve and facebook but this is not what I want. Any suggestions? @stephenpconroy

Michelle Cubas
Michelle Cubas

Very exciting and thought through. Just what I've been looking for—an integrator!

Thanks.

cygnoir
cygnoir

This is terrific integration -- thank you!

One question: can I still use % with the "adjust grammar" setting enabled on Ping.fm? In other words, will a Hootsuite message like "% is happy" still format correctly throughout all the Ping.fm services?

Nathan
Nathan

I'm counting down the days until we can set up multiple Ping.fm keys. This is an awesome arrangement but once we can link multiple Ping.fm accounts based on which HootSuite profile I post from... I could update a week's worth of social media posts all in one morning!

Sally Witzky
Sally Witzky

Can you let me know if / when we have the ability to add multiple ping.fm keys (one per twitter account as Allan White suggests)? I manage several clients and this would be tres cool for them. It's working nicely in my account as I've tested it there first.

Thanks!

Sally

Karen Williamson
Karen Williamson

I have recently joined upto this Ping phenomenon and have found it to be 'really' good. Only just getting into all this blogging lark, but could you please tell me asto how I can also get my ping entries to up-date my wordpress blog on my LinkedIn profile?

Jennifer
Jennifer

Would be really great to be able to choose the trigger for each tweet! OR to be able to associate different twitter accounts with different ping.fm accounts, but still do the updates for all of them through a single HootSuite!

Allan White
Allan White

I'd definitely see value for your audience if you allowed multiple Ping.fm keys (one per twitter account). The more you guys see yourself as "Social Media Update Schedulers" (expansive) rather than, "we update twitter" (limited), the more successful you'll be in my opinion.

LawyerCoach
LawyerCoach

I have enjoyed using HootSuite for scheduling tweets and getting click through stats. Now I'm adding the Ping integration. But until you get the ability to select triggers on a per tweet basis, I will actually use HootSuite less. There are many tweets that I don't want to send to other social networks. Any estimate about when a per-tweet trigger will be available?

Josh
Josh

It looks like this functionality has stopped working. Ping.fm seems to have removed "triggers," and now they just have "groups."

Either way, it's not working for me. Any ideas?

@CSToday
@CSToday

I like the idea of being able to select a trigger for each tweet. Maybe set it up in such a way that you can enable it to send to all OR select a trigger

Mari Smith
Mari Smith

Oh my!!!!! I just realized with Ping.fm Facebook PAGE updating, and HootSuite's ability to pre-schedule this is a phenomenal integrated system for myself and my Facebook clients!!! w000t!!!

Cheers,

@marismith

Sandy
Sandy

I am extremely excite, this sounds like a brilliant service. I am new at this and I can see it will save time. Kudos! to Hootsuite

Twittergator
Twittergator

I love Hootsuite! I love Ping.fm! Now both are all rolled up into one awesome package!

But....

Please, please, please, filter out @replies. They mean precisely nothing to my Facebook friends, nor do they add value to my Friendfeed.

Oh, and will this work with the super cool Hootlet? I sure hope so!

Daniela
Daniela

Is there a way to have multiple ping accounts?

Roger
Roger

I asked about scheduling Pings on GetSatisfaction. So now it seems I can do this through Hoot Suite. This is an outstanding feature for an already excellent service.

anita
anita

SO IF I AM SIGNED UP ON PING to send messages to Twitter, then I should DELETE that so I can start using Hoot for Twitter?

thanks

Shiv
Shiv

A brilliant addition to Hoot Suite.

Lisa, Invisible Illness Wk
Lisa, Invisible Illness Wk

I'm wondering if this is a feature I need to work out with ping.fm or if it's part of what you mentioned in "improvements." Is there a way to specify certain twits to NOT go to Facebook? Or say a facebook application to block and @replies? anyone know?

Allan White
Allan White

@tony I think you have to specify which networks get updated on Ping.fm by that particular trigger.

joe
joe

ok...Not sure if I am just slow or what (definitely could be true), but is there a way to use ping to update hootsuite? For example, I use ping on my cell to email updates, but if I continue to do that, it does not update hootsuite. How do I do that?