Using Google+ To Post to WordPress
Are you using WordPress? Have you ever thought about cross posting a post you make on Google Plus over to your blog? It is an interesting idea. Many bloggers write their content and then link to it but Google Plus could be the source of your post if you want.
I have done this a couple times and it works pretty well. There are some caveats and things you need to do to make things work correctly. In a nutshell the magic involves patching together: proper post formatting, RSS and, the IFTTT (If this then that) service.
Proper formatting and RSS
First, we need to get your Google+ feed into RSS. That's possible but the thing is, there isn’t the notion of a title on your Google+ post. Because of this, the RSS generators just shove some text from the beginning of your post into the title field. That isn't going to work for us because we need a title for our blog post. Fortunatly I figured this out previously. I wrote here: http://www.techlifeweb.com/2012/03/18/google-rss/ about a Yahoo Pipe I created that uses the unique feature of bolding the first few words and turns them into the Title of your RSS feed entry. See that post for more details and a link to the Yahoo Pipe, you are going to need it.
Silly name for a very useful tool for gluing together different services. Go to http://ifttt.com and join if you haven't already. If you are new, IFTTT calls different services (for example, RSS, Twitter, Facebook) Channels. You create a Task to link different Channels together. You'll need to create a Channel for your WordPress blog. Click Get Channels and then click on the WordPress icon. Follow the prompts and enter the details. It is pretty straight forward. Side note: you are giving a service access to post for you. If you and the administrator on your blog and haven't yet, you should set up another user on your blog to make these posts. I don't recommend giving some web service full admin access to you blog!
OK, so assuming you now have your Google+ RSS feed from the Yahoo Pipe and you have enabled your WP Channel on IFTTT , you can use my Recipe (Recipes are tasks you have created and then shared with others) to build the bridge. Here is a link to my Google+ to WordPress Recipe: http://ifttt.com/recipes/31401
You'll see that, for this task, I require a Keyword. This way, not everything gets cross posted to my blog, only those things I choose to post by adding something unique like #tlw. In theory, you could use this method for different blogs and use different keywords to send your posts where ever you want.
Getting a nice clean RSS feed from Google Plus aka Google+