Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Updated: cross posting from Diaspora to

Diaspora is widely described as the open source version of facebook and google+, however it is disappointing that, using your Diaspora settings, you can link with facebook, twitter and tumblr but not But there is a workaround.

In the spirit of this blog, I always try to keep everything open source, I'm going to link the accounts using a free, open source project by Michele Azzolari or @macno on Whilst is a free service; you need an invite, simply send an email to

Once you have received your invitation log in to your new account at We'll do the destination first, trust me it's easier. I'll now break this into steps to make it easier to follow.

Before we can setup properly, we need the feed for your Diaspora posts.

1. On Diaspora, when you are about to make a post, you should see a text box similar to the one shown below:


Click on the spanner icon.

2. This will open up a new floating window, click on RSS, this will open up a new page. Take a note of the web page address.

In this example my address is https://joindiaspora/public/kevie.atom
*the recent rss feeds have .atom at the end

3. Go to the website.

4. On the welcome screen you'll see the number of feeds and destinations you currently have setup. Click on Add/Edit beside destinations, this will lead you to a new screen.

5. Click on Add new destination

6. Click on Identica

7. This will take you to, log in (if necessary) and the site will display the message:

Click on Allow

8. Now go back to, this time click on Add/Edit beside feeds

9. In the first box add the address of your Diaspora feed that we noted in step 2. In the second box give this setup a name (I have imaginatively called it 'diaspora')

10. Now it's time to choose what you wish to export, for text only enter %s, if you want a link to be posted then add %u (you don't actually need this as it will be added automatically if your post exceeds the 140 character limit)

11. On the next screen, put a tick beside your username and click on Save

12. Now log out of and your done, your posts from Diaspora will be updated on your timeline.

Please note that when you post on Diaspora you must change from All Aspects to Public, only Public posts will be sent to


  1. Thanks for your post, i have enjoyed your article and will be waiting for future posts.

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  2. Hello!
    I recomend this mechanism (
    Is more simpler, without intermediate services, directly from diaspora to identica using feeds!
    Is another method, perhaps this link will can help somebody.
    (ah... sorry my english, is bad... very bad :S)

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