I’ve seen a few people using Pocket, so I had a look at it. Seems like quite a useful app (especially since it can be used for content anywhere, not just content already on one site). Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to embed very well on WordPress and relies on people copying a link into a new tab 🙁
I tried swapping out the shortened IFTTT link for the longer one that it has if you look up the IFTTT applet history. It gives this effect where the title is there instead of a link, and it does link to the right article. However, it doesn’t open in a new tab, so that’s annoying…
Okay, so posting the shortened url for the post using IFTTT gives just the shortened link, which is dull and requires people to copy it into their browser to see the post – no dice.
Using the full recipe suggested by IFTTT posts the content of the Reddit post, and a shortened link, which is just as annoying.
Going into the instance of the recipe being activated, and copying the entire pre-shortened link gives us a post like this, which looks illegible on this background. It would also require me going in to each post from Reddit to this blog and messing about with the url…
Changing my theme to light seems to have worked in terms of making this legible. Perhaps I can do something with the Custom version – hate writing on a white background 🙁
Unfortunately Custom just allows me to change the header colour. I’ve gone back to the Dark version of the theme on the basis that I can live without using Reddit on my Lifestream if trying to use it makes everything look terrible. Also Reddit is a pain to find anything useful on.
From MOOCs to TikTok: The Unexpected Impact of the MOOC Hype
Submitted January 15, 2020 at 07:39PM by dhawal
In an attempt to add more feeds to my Lifestream, I’m going to experiment with a few different sites to see what I can add. I think Reddit might be a good one to try, but so far I’m finding it a nightmare to navigate 🙁 I’ll probably give LinkedIn a try and maybe even Pinterest (though I’m not sure how useful that one may be). Has anyone found a way to share things from any audio sites like Soundcloud (other than just pasting in a link)? When I’m looking for things on a subject I usually just Google them rather than trawling specific sites, so setting up a range of feeds is a little bit alien to me…
EDIT: I think this post probably highlights one of the possible problems with having a Lifestream – What if you have other people (in this case my 3 year old son) who use the same account for something and aren’t aware of the things you’ve set up? Probably a useful reminder that when you look at anyone’s presence on the internet, it may or may not actually be them you’re looking at all the time (or even any of the time!).
Sorry for the repost. I’m trying to set things up so that shared posts also go onto my blog. Looking like a cross between a tooth and a sheep, could these little chaps be the future of helpful robots? Looks like they have a lot of applications 🙂
Okay, so I spent a while this morning fiddling with the settings for IFTTT when I Tweet. Eventually I found a way to get it to show the Tweet as a nice embed, rather than just repeating the text. Then I took Rhydian out to the shops (hoping he’d have a nap). When I got back, as if by magic, all the Tweets from earlier where embedded…
Not the YouTube videos though. I wonder what happened. Do they just take a while to come through? I looked at someone else’s blog earlier and all their Tweets are still text, even though they Tweeted them yesterday. A mystery to unravel!
I’ve modified the earlier posts so they look nicer (even though they where only to test my set up). The comments on them show my working for sorting out the embedding in IFTTT, so there’s a little journey there 🙂