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The Hootsuite Syndicator Combines the Power of RSS with Social Media

By Mark Holder | 1 year ago | Skills | No Comments

Gone are the days of traditional RSS. Before media was social, RSS was used to consume content from around the web — but now social media managers and marketers are using RSS to discover, curate and share media and content to social networks.

With Google Reader set to shut down on July 1st, we’ve enhanced HootSuite’s RSS capabilities to not only provide a powerful solution for bringing content into the dash from around the web, but also for managing and curating content through social syndication. Meet the HootSuite Syndicator.

HootSuite Syndicator Simplifies RSS to Social

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In addition to filling a void left by Google Reader, allowing you to manage and organize all of your RSS content from streams in the HootSuite dash, the HootSuite Syndicator conveniently fits into your social content curation and distribution work flow. This means you can now do many of the things you could do with Google Reader from within HootSuite, such as organizing feeds into groups, marking items as favorites or selecting those you’d like to view later.

But even better, it’s easy to quickly share items to your social networks in HootSuite; the app will even remember which items you’ve shared! The HootSuite Syndicator can:

  • Manage RSS feeds with the Subscription Manager

  • Customize streams by setting up groups and filters

  • Mark items as read or unread, favorite items and save items to view later

  • View articles and stories within the HootSuite dash

  • Share items to your social networks in HootSuite, even track the stories you’ve shared

  • Install the Hootlet Chrome extension to add RSS feeds directly to HootSuite while browsing the web: http://ow.ly/ms34S

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Import your Feeds from Google Reader Today

Google Reader provides a way to export your feeds, which can easily be uploaded to the HootSuite Syndicator app. You have until July 1st, so time is of the essence! Install the app and follow these simple steps to see your RSS feeds in the HootSuite dash today.

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1. Click the following link to download your Google Reader feeds: http://ow.ly/ms02h

2. Click the Subscription Manager icon from the HootSuite Syndicator app stream.

3. Select your Google Reader feeds (.xml) file and click Done.

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Click the Subscription Manager icon from the HootSuite Syndicator app stream.
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Select your Google Reader feeds (.xml) file and click Done.

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That’s it, now you are ready to manage, curate and distribute your content to social networks all from within the HootSuite dash.

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8 comments
Constantech
Constantech

Hi,

Firstly, I love Syndicator.  It's really convenient.

But...........She's still quite buggy.

I often get an error about my account, and feeds can be delayed.  And this morning, I get this:

We are currently experiencing server problems. Until we've fixed the issues, the HootSuite Syndicator app will be unavailable.

When that stuff happens, it's not so convenient at all.

akram sabra
akram sabra

When in the old times i had to add a stream i clicked on the rss button and it took me to google reader to add the stream there, now when i click on the rss button it takes me to the feed page, and there i dont know how to automatically add it into hootsuite.

I tested the hootsuite on thestar.com rss feeds page and it worked well, but on many other sites if they dont have a dedicated page for all the feeds it is not working, is there a workaround, other than manually adding it 

monicasonica
monicasonica

Do I have to add the streams I need everytime that i sign in on Hootsuite?

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@monicasonica You can add up to tabs of different types of streams in HootSuite, and your account will keep them there for you. You won't lose them if you log out. Enjoy!

monicasonica
monicasonica

@jordanbehan Thank you so much. Is it possible to add streams by the groups that I've created? or do I have to add it feed by feed?

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@monicasonica If you're using an existing RSS reader, you should be able to export your xml file and upload it to HootSuite, saving you the trouble of adding feed-by-ffed.