February 23, 2012

A really arcane blogging/tweeting tool request

[Warning: Probably of zero interest to non-nerd bloggers, and even then…]

I like sharing links quickly via Twitter (and thus Facebook), and later–time permitting–I copy, paste, and sort those links into groups that I can share here. Other times I’ll use Instapaper to capture links that I’m not quite ready to share.

Trouble is, it takes a non-trivial amount of time to scan back through either list, then copy/paste/etc. Thus my sharing of links via the blog has dropped dramatically. (Sorry/you’re welcome, depending.)

Would you by chance know of a way to automate converting tweets and/or Instapaper (or similar) links into blog-ready form, making it easy to sort them into piles? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Posted by John Nack at 12:46 AM on February 23, 2012


  • claas — 1:54 AM on February 23, 2012

    take a look at http://ifttt.com/ to automate your linking habits

  • Bert Claes — 2:48 AM on February 23, 2012

    maybe trough iftt.com? there you can link certain services together…

  • Paul Davy — 3:57 AM on February 23, 2012

    If you use mac os (I should know this, after following your blog for a couple of years), you could build an Automator workflow/app/service to mine the URLs from either a web page (get link URLs from articles perhaps) or from a text (I don’t use instapaper so not sure of format) document using ‘Extract Data from Text’ as part of the workflow. I know it’s do able, but without seeing exactly what your trying to do, it’s difficult to be more specific.

  • Rob — 6:28 AM on February 23, 2012

    This Dartmouth political scientist seems to have an automated solution: http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/. If you take a look you may be able to figure out what he’s doing. Failing that, he’s a good guy, and you should ask him.

  • Pablo — 7:25 AM on February 23, 2012

    I don’t fully understand what you’re trying to accomplish, but I won’t let that won’t stop me from making suggestions.

    How about using “If This Then That” (IFTTT) to append to a dropbox file (or something) when you tweet a link or somesuch. I mean, you could roll your own but IFTTT might save you a bit of work.

  • shawn — 6:24 PM on February 25, 2012

    definitely possible. I’m looking into it,cause I have the same issue a lot.

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