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How To Connect Your Google Plus To Twitter

“How do I avoid manual posting on Google Plus but make it as lively as my other social accounts?”

UPDATE: Unfortunately IFTTT no longer works with Twitter, so this article serves as a look back into happier days. If this changes for the better, we’ll be sure to update the post!

We live in an internet of things, or at least that’s what we read…on the internet.

Although there are many things on the internet, we are going to be talking about your social things today, specifically making the networks you neglect (*cough* Google Plus *cough*) as active as your Facebook or Twitter.

Why?

If you’re like Team BuzzShift, when it comes to social networks, you probably have one or two, or twenty. Managing those twenty networks is a pain, especially if you want to push out the same stuff to multiple networks. The problem is there’s not automatic-push; it’s all manual.

Enter IFTTT, which is short for If This, Then That.

IFTTT is a startup that’s tagline is “put the internet to work for you” and it does just that. It’s a pretty brilliant idea: if you do something on the internet, something else happens as a result. IFTTT calls that action a “recipe” with the first action being called a “trigger,” while the resulting action is called…well, the “action.”

Let’s give you an example of a recipe. If you post a status update to Facebook (Trigger), then post that update to Twitter as well (Action). There are plenty of recipes you can create, and you can share them as well, so others can get in on your awesome IFTTT action. Get it?

Got it?

Good.

The networks you make the recipe with (Facebook, Twitter, etc) are called “channels”, and there are 49 of them, all viewable here.

Now we’re not going to go over all the different ways you can use those channels, as that would spoil the fun. However, we will be going over make your Google+ seem alive, thanks to your Twitter. Are you ready? Let’s go for it!

Bringing Your Google Plus to Life

Step 1. Sign Up for IFTTT.

Step 2. Connect IFTTT to your Twitter account.

Step 3. Go to voice.google.com, sign in (or up) with the SAME Google account that you use Google Plus with.

Step 4. Within Google Voice, navigate to the settings tab. (see screenshot below)

Twitter to Google Plus IFTTT Google Voice Settings

Step 5. Navigate to the “Voicemail & Text” tab, and turn on “Text Forwarding

Step 6. Click on the red “TEXT” button on the left side of Google Voice, and send a test message to 33669. Include something witty, for good measure.

Step 7. You’ll get a text back from Google saying it didn’t comprehend your message and your amazing humor. That doesn’t matter though.

Step 8. Go to your Gmail Inbox, and you should have received an email with the same text as the response from Google.

Step 9. Look at the “from” address, it should be something like: 15551234567.33669.adsfasdfasdf@txt.voice.google.com or broke in confusing text format: GoogleVoiceNumber.Google+NumberYouMessaged.RandomLetters@txt.voice.google.com
Copy that address.

Step 10. You’ll also need to verify your Google Voice number with Google+ before you can start the magic, but that’s a fairly simple step. Just click this link, add your Google Voice number, and wait for the verification code to transmit via the internet of things to Google Voice. Enter that code within the Google+ page, and you’re verified.

Step 11. Now that that’s all done, you need to make the IFTTT recipe. The recipe should be as follows: “If New Tweet by @you, send an email from YOUR GMAIL”. Now for the specifics under the “Send an email” Action step:

– To Address: 15551234567.33669.adsfasdfasdf@txt.voice.google.com (You copied this earlier)

– Subject: UserName

– Body: Text

Step 12. After all the info is entered, hit the big blue “create recipe” button at the bottom and BOOM, your Google + account is regenerated. Now your tweets will go to Google+ and  some plus 1 love!

(Pssst…if Step 10 is too confusing, then just use this.)


What do you think?

– Will you be making your own  IFTTT recipe?

– If you have, how does it work? Do you love IFTTT as much as we do?

We hope this was as fun for you as it was for us. Tune in next week, when we talk about something else…on the internet…of things.

Comments

  • OMV, July 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply

    A Social Media expert once told me that it was a cardinal sin to have your tweets auto post to your Facebook wall, so is this not the same thing? and is it really honest to your audience to mass distribute messages across platforms?

    • mdahl, July 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply

      For some of us we don’t equate Facebook with Google Plus. One is a house party or family picnic, while the other is a tech happy hour. So, for those of us who engage on Twitter primarily in tech/marketing/SM conversations, starting and continuing the same discussions on Google Plus isn’t disingenuous. Valid point, though.

  • el dozo, July 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply

    Why not just KEEP WAITING for full google+ APIs release?

  • Andreas, July 31, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply

    I doesn’t seem to have the “Voicemail & Text”tab in my voice.google.com, is this only valid in limited countries only?

    • mstancil, August 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply

      Andreas, what country are you located in?

  • Alois Bělaška, November 25, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply

    Hi,
    there is now a much easier solution to repost from Google+ and Google+ Pages to Twitter and Facebook and Facebook Pages. works across all devices. It’s called Friends+Me http://www.friendsplus.me

    Hope it helps.

    • Dennis J, The Creative Music DJ, January 2, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply

      This method is for Twitter to G+, not G+ to Twitter. G+ to is actually really easy and there’s many apps to do it. to G+ seems much harder, and this is the only method I’ve seen to accomplish it. Unfortunately for me, I can’t get past the Google Voice steps!

  • Jessica, November 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply

    what does “enter that code within the Google+ page, and you’re verified” in step 10 mean? Where on the page do you enter it? Help!

    • mstancil, January 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply

      Jessica,

      Google+ requires you to verify your Google Voice number before you can post to it. You’ll first need to add your Google Voice number to Google+ on the above link. Then, Google will send a verification code to your Google Voice number, and then you’ll enter that verification code into Google+.

      After you complete verification, you’ll be able to move on to Step 11.

      Thanks,
      Michael

  • Dennis, December 31, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply

    Sent a text to 33669, but no response back. Not sure what to do now…

  • Dennis J, The Creative Music DJ, January 1, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply

    Sent a text to 33669, but no response back. Not sure what to do now… Has anyone had this happen or know what I did wrong? I sent several texts, and then texted twice to a landline just for kicks. The landlines responded back immediately with errors, though only in my Google Voice inbox, not in my gmail.

  • Jen, January 17, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply

    Hello. I’m trying to accomplish setting this connection up, but am having the same problem Dennis did – I can’t get an answer back from 33669. Is there another number I can try? Did I do something wrong? Thanks!

  • mstancil, January 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply

    Jen and Dennis,

    As far as I am aware there is no other number. I would start the process over and see if that fixes it.

    Can you confirm that text forwarding is on?

  • Jen, January 19, 2013 at 5:14 am | Reply

    I have double checked the text forwarding option. I unselected it, saved it, then selected it once again. Sent two more texts to 33669. Nothing. Oh, well.

  • Jeremy, April 23, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply

    No dice here, and the problem is with IFTTT. When I try to start a recipe I can’t use Twitter as a trigger. I click “Create” and Twitter isn’t one of the options to choose as a trigger. I click, “View all channels” and it opens all channels in another window. When I click on Twitter from that channel, it says “There are currently no triggers for this channel.”

    Any advice, mstancil?

  • Jeremy, April 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply

    Twitter triggers are no longer available on IFTTT, making your entire article obsolete: http://updates.ifttt.com/post/31945038639/upcoming-changes-to-twitter-triggers

    So this worked up until September 27th of last year. It doesn’t work any more. Might want to take down your article.

    Sucks writing about tech in this day and age, huh?

    • mstancil, April 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply

      Very good point Jeremy! I added a note that it no longer works, so hopefully that clears up any confusion.

      Thanks for pointing that out!

  • 4seoprojects.com, June 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply

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  • LIsa Hervey, August 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply

    So I got it to work sorta. The Tweet was shared a “private” G+ post. The only thing that was in G+ post was “text” which I put as the Body: in the email action step? I am confused!

  • Scott, November 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply

    Thanks Buzzshift gang!
    You should update post – Twitter triggers now work (again) in IFTTT.
    Also, for those having problems w/ SMS text set up, I had to complete step 10 then go back to step 6 (text to 33669). I kept getting “internal error. try again later” from Google when I did steps in order. Hope that helps someone!

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