Have you ever wondered how people have configured their Instant Messenger settings in Windows Live Messenger to show their tweets and blog posts? If you ever examined the lower bottom panel of your Messenger, you may have seen the “What’s New” component which constantly refreshes with notifications about social networking activities your friends and colleagues have taken lately. In this post, we will walk through how you can configure your Messenger to display your online activities, as well.
You can automate the delivery of your tweets and blog updates to all your Windows Live contacts through the What’s New feature in Windows Live Messenger. Setting it up may not that intuitive to everyone, so in this post, we’ll walk through the steps you need to take to make it happen!
At the bottom of your Messenger window you will see the Configure Updates icon which looks like two connected people.
If you click on that icon, you will see more information about how you can also be intertwined with your friends and family using Social Networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Click on the Add Web Activities icon if you are ready to connect Messenger with your social networking activities within Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, PhotoBucket, WordPress, iLike, LiveJournal, Pandora, yelp and many many more (including one in Russian that I cannot translate accurately).
Once you click on the Add Web Activities href, you will be redirected to a web page which will enable you to configure your social networking accounts so that the activities are displayed directly in Messenger.
The instructions for each are obviously unique; however, let’s take a look at how we can configure one popular social networking platform you may have heard of: Twitter.
Type in your user name and your preferences for how and to whom you wish to display your activities:
You can even configure Messenger to show your custom blog posts! Let’s walk through that, select the Add Web Activity link. From there, the set up is very similar to configuring Twitter, except instead of a user name, you will need to enter your RSS feed URL: