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Google+ Auto Post from WordPress

Auto Post to Google Plus

Installation/Getting Started

    1. Upload the plugin folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
    2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress
    3. Alternatively, you can install and activate the plugin through the WordPress plugin manager.
    4. Follow the steps below to configure the plugin.

IMPORTANT: Setup Information

Notes: Setup requires taking advantage of a loophole in Google Voice which allows you to post to Google+ via email. To start, make sure you have a Google Plus account and a Google Voice account under the same email address.

This plugin only works with a Google+ profile. It does not work with pages.

  1. Log in to Google Voice. Click on the Settings “Gear” icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Verify you have a Google Voice phone number. If you don’t, select one.
  3. Click on the “Voicemail & Text” tab. Check the box next to “Forward text messages to my email.”
  4. Click on “Text,” and compose a message to 33669 (in the USA) or 9222222222 (in India).
  5. Check the associated email address. You’ll see a message from Google. Highlight and copy the “From” email address. Its format should resemble: [email protected]. This email address goes in the “Google Voice SMS Email” box.
  6. Log in to Google Plus to associated the Google Voice number with your account. Click on “Add Phone Number,” and request a verification code to be sent to the Google Voice phone number.
  7. Open Google Voice and retrieve the verification code from the “Text” section. Paste this verification code on the Google+ screen and verify the association.
  8. Make sure the plugin’s Settings page (Settings>Google+ Auto Post) is configured. The long email address to your Google Voice inbox goes in the “Google Voice SMS Email Address.” The email address associated with the Google Plus and Google Voice account goes in the “Associated Email” box.

Note: the plugin will not work if the set up is not complete.

Update – 9/8/2014

Google has closed the loophole this plugin used to post to Google+, so the plugin no longer works. If I find another workaround, I will update the plugin and this page.

FAQ/Notes

If the “Auto Post” option is selected, all of your shared updates will be public. If you would prefer individual post circle control, uncheck the box and manually add the circle operator to the Google Plus Status Update box on the post-editing screen. For example, if you wanted to share the specific update with a circle called “Work,” add +Work to the end of the status update on the post-editing screen.

Possible Future Features

I’d like to make it easier to get through the initial setup with Google, if possible, as well as make improvements to the posting process, and add thumbnails. Presently the plugin sets the associated email address as the automatic email address for WordPress admin email notifications. This could cause issues for some custom setups, and should be addressed in a future version.

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  • Mitch Fox

    I just wanted to say thanks for developing such an awesome plugin! I had been waiting for something like this for a long time, and I’m sure there are many others who were waiting as well. I will be sure to share this with every webmaster I know. Great work!

    • edwardrj

      Thanks Mitch. I’m hoping Google Plus opens up its API in the near future so this sort of hack won’t be necessary!

  • Andrew Arthur Dawson

    i’m trying to set this up and am stuck on step 5. I sent the text, I got an internal error but I did see the long email address to select and copy. But then I can’t figure out where the “Google Voice SMS Box” is? I’ve looked everywhere? Is it labeled something different? Can you please direct me to the exact tab and page where this is and how to enter it?

    • edwardrj

      Save that email address in the “Google Voice SMS Email Address” box on the Settings page (Settings>Google+ Auto Post)

  • http://VassPages.com/ Drew Bourke

    Hi Edward. LOVE this plugin, Thanks! I have set mine up perfectly with the google voice email address, SMS ability, etc. but it still won’t send a post from WordPress to Google Plus. I can text from Google Voice to 33669 and the post shows up, but not when I create a WordPress post from the WP admin area. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve attached a screenshot of the setup page, showing all items present. Any help is appreciated. THANK YOU Edward.

    • Jake Van Wickle

      I’ve been having the same problem. My wordpress posts don’t show up on my Google+ page, but I can text a post via Google Voice.

      I am wondering, theoretically, if everything is working, shouldn’t a copy of my WP post get dumped into my Google Voice inbox as well? If so, that is not happening either.

      Any help is much appreciated as well. Thanks!

      • Edward

        Hi Jake, I’ve discovered an issue on some servers, and depending on your email configuration, where authentication may be necessary. I’m still working out the kinks, but I’ll have a write-up to address the issue in the next few days.

  • http://videosoftwarefreedownload.co.uk/converting-media-files/ daniel hardship

    I installed plugin fine, registered with Google phone, verified the number. I cannot find where to log into Google to set the next part up. I have not been sent an email from Google.
    Please can you advise.

  • http://turtlebeachreviews.com/ Bryan Micheal

    I sent the text to 33669 but got a reply saying that Google+ SMS is no longer available.

    • Edward

      I think they closed it, but I’m checking on it to see if there’s a new workaround.

  • Zhia

    so confusing :)

  • John Ellis

    Does this plugin work now?