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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011

I got rid of HootSuite, Ping.FM, RSS Graffiti, the Twitter-Facebook-Identi.ca bridges in favor of a simpler solution with dlvr.it

I try to automatically send links to my blog entries to all the social networks on which I maintain accounts (the exception being Google +, which I'm still updating manually).

Over the past couple of years, I've had a thicket of services set up to do this. Some work along, others work together. Some social networks themselves will push their entries to other social networks.

It can all be extremely confusing. So over the last week or so, I went about disconnecting every helper app I could from my accounts at Twitter, Identi.ca, and Facebook.

I did this because I had another service in mind to handle all of this.

Dlvr.it.

I've seen lots of people use it on Twitter and Facebook, and once I saw that it handled Identi.ca without an intermediary (like Ping.FM with HootSuite), I was pretty much sold.

I hooked up Dlvr.it a few days ago, updating a half-dozen accounts with, thus far, two separate RSS feeds.

It works. I'm happy.

I will explore Dlvr.it more in the future, but my initial impression of the service is extremely positive.

More than anything I hated losing control of updates to my social networks to a bunch of apps, some internal to the services they update, others wholly separate, that I couldn't easily control.

With Dlvr.it, I can push multiple feeds to multiple networks, and I can see it all on my screen. I dropped between four and six other services/apps, and that is a win.