I wrote a post on the fabulous FeedBlitz a little while ago, FeedBlitz enables a publisher to offer and manage email subscriptions of their blog feed.
Even if a blog publisher doesn’t offer FeedBlitz subscriptions, a person can join FeedBlitz and subscribe to feeds, getting feed content delivered as email.
So FeedBlitz is an alternative to subscribing to feeds in an RSS Reader, instead you can read feeds in your email client, well now FeedBlitz isn’t just about email, you can receive blog feed updates a more trendy way…
FeedBlitz now enable you to receive updates of your favourite blog feeds via Twitter (provided the publisher is a premium user), as mashable says, this kind of makes Twitter an RSS Reader, just like your email client can be used as an RSS Reader.
Anyway it seems when you subscribe to a feed you can subscribe using your Twitter username instead of your email.
Does the blog owner already need a Twitter version of their blog via one of the RSS hack Twitter services?
At the moment you can create a Twitter account for your blog feed, just enter your blog feed into rss2twitter or twitterfeed, and your latest blog posts will be available in Twitter.
Twitter users could add the Twitter version of your blog as a friend and get your latest blog posts delivered by SMS, IM, email or the Twitter webpage…you can even grab the RSS feed of a Twitter user, the difference here is that you would get just a title and link update instead of a full-text update like the native blog feed would offer.
In this model, subscribers have to rely on the blog owner making a Twitter version of their blog feed.
Anyway, does a publisher using FeedBlitz automatically create a new account in Twitter for their blog feed?
If not, does this mean you are adding a blog feed (via FeedBlitz) as a Twitter friend even if that blog feed is not registered with Twitter? If it is not registered then it could not be a Twitter friend…
This would mean this blog feed would not appear in your Twitter timeline, yet you are getting Twitter updates from this blog feed…am I missing something?
When I went over to the A VC blog I subscribed by entering my email in the FeedBlitz widget, it then asked if I want delivery by email or Twitter.
Once I filled in my Twitter details I clicked to my FeedBlitz account, only thing is I couldn’t see which of my subscriptions were delivered by Twitter and which were delivered by email…this is because I didn’t yet update my profile with my Twitter details.
Like all my other subscriptions I can filter out/in posts that are authored tagged, and with an advanced subscription you can even choose some filtered posts to bypass Twitter and go to email.
Then I went to my Twitter account, and didn’t notice the “A VC” blog as a friend, all I can gather is that I will get updates from the A VC blog in my timeline even though it is not added as a friend.
What will I do?
I only have a free feedBlitz publisher account, therefore I won’t be offering Twitter delivery.
But I don’t have to use FeedBlitz, as mentioned before I can use rss2twitter or twitterfeed to create a new Twitter account for my blog feed.
Then somehow I could offer a widget on my blog to sign up to my Twitter blog feed, I’d probably want to burn it first.