Two-Minute Tips: How to create a Twitter news robot

Robots — snippets of code that automatically post content to Twitter and other social networks — can be annoying when they’re overused.  When used properly, they can deliver timely information to interested followers.

This short video walks you through the simple steps needed to create your own Twitter News Bot. This example uses Google.com as the news source and Dlvr.it as the delivery engine.

Dlvr.it is a web-based service that delivers content from RSS feed to various social networks. Any news source that generates an RSS feed can be used to create a news bot. Although this example delivers news updates to Twitter, other destinations that are supported by Dlvr.it include Facebook, LInkedIn, Tumblr, Statusnet, Ping, Google Buzz, MySpace and FourSquare.

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