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Posting from Google+ to Twitter: an #IFTTT recipe

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/01/12

A long time ago I setup to post from Google+ to Twitter.

Somewhere close to spring 2015, that stopped with a G+ tweet about FireDAC which linked to my G+ post about it.

I could not find out however how I initiated that post forwarding, so I did some searching, then decided to go the IFTTT route: 10 Easy Steps To Automate Your Google Plus To Twitter Postings – Social Media Strategies & Techniques For Business Professionals.

The page does not allow you to select text or right click, but you can view the source (for instance in Chrome with view-source:http://www.garyhyman.com/10-easy-steps-to-automate-your-google-plus-to-twitter-postings/) so I’ll summarise:

  1. Note your Google+ numeric ID. For me these were 31 digits. Lets call it ####.
  2. Append the ID to http://gplus-to-rss.appspot.com/rss/ so you get http://gplus-to-rss.appspot.com/rss/####, then verify it indeed returns an RSS feed
  3. Login to ifttt.com (create an account first if you don’t have one), then create a new THIS source from the RSS feed icon.
  4. Select the link from 2. as source.
  5. Click on the THAT link, and select Twitter (you might need to enable IFTTT for Twitter).
  6. From the Twitter list, select “post a tweet”.
  7. Amend the text if needed (remember you only have 140 characters!), then press Create Action.
  8. Test (you might need to wait for about 15 minutes): indeed it worked as my G+ post got picked up by a tweet pointing to it about 15 minutes later.

Notes:

There are more complex schemes going through FeedBurner which I didn’t try yet:

Other alternatives I might try when IFTTT stops working:

–jeroen

 

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Optimal posting time? (via: Are there optimal days/hours to post questions in order to get visibility and answers? – Meta Super User)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/22

A while ago, i came across this interesting question: Are there optimal days/hours to post questions in order to get visibility and answers? – Meta Super User.

The recommended time 1400 UTC is related to my blog post scheduling behaviour.

Virtually all my blog posts are either (when both apply at the same time, that is pure coincidence):

I schedule posts on Monday through Friday:

Difference between 0600 UTC and 1400 UTC

So why the time difference of about 8 hours between 0600 UTC and 1400 UTC?

That has to do with the public I generally interact with: software developers speaking English, mainly living in European and USA, with a minority in India, Asia and down-under.

  • At 0600 UTC, most Europeans are about to wake up or just arrived at work, so they get fresh content. Still quite a few people from India and Asia are up (returning from work) can read it the same day it was posted. And virtually everyone in the USA is still sleeping, so they get fresh content too.
  • At 1400 UTC, most Europeans are at work, people at the USA East Coast just started working and the rest of the USA is waking up and (hopefully) going to work. So you get a huge group of on-line people online with a high chance if comment/answer interaction on your question: great for getting answers on the same day.

“Missed Schedule” on WordPress blogs Read the rest of this entry »

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Interesting try by Tame.it: Your Twitter timeline

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/07/07

I tried Tame.it for a while to condense my twitter timeline and separate noise from information.

It looks like my tweeps are so disparate that Tame finds it hard to distill the information.

But if you have a similar tweeps, Tame.it could do a much better job.

–jeroen

via Tame | Your Twitter timeline.

Posted in Power User, SocialMedia, Twitter | 2 Comments »

Download your tweets: are you one of the lucky ones that are in the Twitter beta?

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/17

Interesting, when I browse to https://twitter.com/settings/account, there is no option to download all my past tweets yet so obviously I’m not on the beta.

Are you?

–jeroen

via: Twitter has started rolling out the option to download all your tweets – The Next Web.

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Dear fellow social media users, please post screen shots as PNG, not as JPEG image files

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/01

I still see many people post screen shots as JPEG images.

JPEG images introduce distortion, and usually are bigger than PNG images.

The PNG images are more crisp, and have more vibrant colors.

So dear fellow social media users: please post screen shots as PNG images.

Comparison: the JPEG on the left is 120 kilobyte, the PNG on the right only 60 kilobyte and looks much better.

JPEG PNG 

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