Social networks come and go, and I really like posting social media. In this section (currently called ‘Social’), I’m trying to mirror the stuff I post to social networks. There’s also just a photos page or just a notes page. You can follow what I post here using my whole site RSS feed.
20 July 2018 21:28 IST
Like being in a painting
Cheeky Friday lunchtime sangria
17 July 2018 18:08 IST
I seem to be doing a lot of cross-posting content in different locations. Not just farming out links all over the place, but cross-posting because the discussions we have in different locations (Twitter vs Mastodon vs here) are all valuable in their own ways.
This is in conjunction with Aral and I focusing more on our personal sites (ar.al and laurakalbag.com. As we’re looking at how what we’re building works in conjunction with/layers on top of personal sites.
Aral has put together a setup where he can blog from a phone. I have added a Notes section on my site where I can post short-form stuff like photos and statuses (anything shorter than a blog post, really.) Though my setup is a little more static than Aral’s, as it is literally a static site built using Hugo and I use an iPhone. So no posting from a phone for me. (Yet.)
The idea is that the Notes section of my site is the canonical location for those bits of content. Then I can cross-post to other locations. (This is similar to IndieWeb concepts.)
However, manual cross posting is a pain. If I post a note to my site (create post, write in markdown, push to Git, deploy), I then have to manually go to wherever I want to cross-post (Twitter, Mastodon, Facebook, here etc) , rewrite the content/link to content in an acceptable format (under 260 chars etc), and post. The whole exercise takes time. It may be a worthwhile endeavour for a blog post about something meaningful. But it’s a lot of faff to share a dog photo or a “subtweet”, let alone a reply or reposting of somebody else’s content.
Which finally brings me to my point… how do I make cross-posting easier?
It’s not great. It is only for Twitter (IFTTT doesn’t support Mastodon.)
How do I do this better?
One extreme side is that I could build and maintain my own interface for cross-posting like Jeremy has. There are alternatives to IFTTT like Trigger Happy. Though some social networks (such as Instagram) only let you post from their interface, so this solution will never be entirely compatible with those particular walled gardens. Also, I’m not being defeatist in saying these solutions are somewhat beyond my means.
The other extreme (the low-tech solution) is that I have a to-do list template for every time I post something to make sure I format my posts correctly, and don’t forget a particular social network.
If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on the matter, I’d love to hear them!
05 July 2018 11:12 IST
Given that there’s a couple of women in UK parliament throwing the word “prostitute” around, I found this and it seems to be informative:
tldr; sex work and human trafficking are different, lumping everything under “prostitution” is unhelpful/harmful.
29 June 2018 09:25 IST
Too many devs in my mentions complaining they have no say about marketing and business depts adding tracking scripts to sites.
I hear that it’s hard, but if it is genuinely impossible, why are you working there? You have no agency and you are complicit in unethical technology.
Some people don’t have the privilege to change jobs (mostly folks from marginalised groups)…
But let’s be honest, many of you actually do have that privilege. I’m not here to take your excuses, I don’t have that power. You‘re responsible to society to not build shitty tech.
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14 June 2018 17:12 IST
How could you say no to this face?
18 May 2018 18:26 IST
Finally got Sam in the room to properly produce the Accessibility For Everyone audiobook in person.
16 May 2018 14:57 IST