Not sure if this has been discussed before here but we are looking to aggregate our social networking content onto a web page on our site.
Just a few questions:
Have any of you done this?
If so, what tools or services did you use to accomplish this?
Is the page located on your site or a third party site?
I've found the Twitter feed easy to put on a page but Facebook is another thing. The only way I found to do that is to install the Like Box plugin which we don't really want to do because of the data the like button captures. Does anyone know of another way to put the data on a web page?
Can anyone direct me to any tutorials on this?
St. Charles Community College
The College of William & Mary has a "Social Stream" that is an aggregator of our Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube updates http://social.wm.edu/. This was implemented simply using the RSS feeds available from each social networking site, styling with CSS and snazzing it up with jQuery. Specifically it uses PHP and SimplePie (http://simplepie.org/) to handle the RSS feeds along with a bit of extra code mentioned below.
Some of the information is a bit obscurely embedded in the RSS feeds (particularly Facebook) so to make things easier and more convenient to display as desired we wrote some custom code to further parse each RSS item. We open-sourced that code on our website http://www.wm.edu/offices/creativeservices/resources/open-source/so... This parsing code is also used for our mobile site (which uses Dave Olsen's Mobile Web OSP code) so a bit of the code structure is specific to that, but the Facebook, Twitter, etc. parsing functions can be used for any application.
Patrick Powers wrote up a blog post around this time last year discussing some of the "Best social media mash-ups in higher education" http://patrickpowers.net/2010/12/best-social-media-mash-ups-in-high... So that may be a good place to get some more ideas as well.
Thanks Tiffany I'm sure this will help.
Great question. We are looking to do this in the new year as well and would love to know how others have accomplished this.
Here at Union College, we aggregate Twitter, Facebook and Blog excerpts, on our web pages: http://www.union.edu/social-media.
Like William & Mary, we use the RSS feeds available from each social networking site, along with CSS to style it. However, we use our Content Management System (Cascade Server) to do the aggregation and then update our web page every hour.
You can watch my presentation for more details.