Allow scheduling of RSS feed updates
Allow scheduling of RSS feed updates. For instance to look for an update at 9:30am, 12:30am, and 4:00pm. Market open, midday, and close. :)
In Publisher 'RSS Feeds' allow newly generated posts from the RSS sources to go to an account's "scheduled tweets" first, before going live. This would allow users to modify/delete them before publishing giving HS an added benefit over other RSS feed services like twitterfeed.com
just like scheduling messages, except scheduling RSS feed times for posting on each feed.
While we don’t check RSS feeds for specific times, you can choose which time interval to check for new updates.
We may consider specific times in the future.
Keep in mind that current RSS technology does not allow for precise updates on the hour. However, doing a general check usually allows us to retrieve the latest post within minutes.
Douglas Symon commented
I agree this would be good to implement.
In the mean time could you please allow for more time intervals to be selected. For example all but one is currently an even number. And so the updates are always at the same times. It would be good to use an odd number like 11 instead of 12 and then the time of updates would gradually rotate. Of course I can probably do this manually by turning them on and off but this would be an easy addition that I would benefit from in the mean time.
Warren Dane commented
This would be incredibly helpful. I really want the ability to stagger RSS posts so we won't spam the twitter stream with articles all at once. Options such as every other day, twice a week, 12:00am etc. would be awesome.
I second this request. As it is now, all of my RSS feeds come in at the same time which floods my tweet output all at one time. This has resulted in people unfollowing as if they check their timelines at that time my all-at-once RSS-based tweets comes across as spam. Despite the fact that current RSS technology may not allow for precise updates, 2 tweeks would mitigate the flooding problem enormously:
1. Enable different RSS subscriptions to be sent (or at least poll the feeds) at different times, i.e. let me send the contents of one feed at one time, and another feed at another time. This would enable me to spread out AND also optimize which RSS feeds are best based on certain times, and
2. Enabling the ability to check a feed for unread items more than once a day. I care less about when posts are put into the RSS feed and more about when I grab them and forward them off from my account as tweets. If an RSS feed had posted 10 on a particular day, I could go in at, say, 9:00, 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00 requesting only 2 or 3 unread posts to tweet out at that time.
We try to import posts via rss feed to twitter at a specific time. We thought the solution is to set the pubdate to ex: <pubdate>2011-06-15T15:00:00Z</pubdate> (current date)
But Hootsuite is posting constantly at 2:38am every day. What can/should we do to make Hootsuite post in the afternoon (3:00pm)?
We found this in a support request:
"...Does your feed display the most recent post as having a PAST date? This is important because if the pubDate displays a FUTURE date (ex: Wed, 27 Dec 2130), HootSuite will not publish posts with a pubDate before the future date..."