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Twittering and Deliciousness 
1st-May-2008 12:59 pm
El Jay
(If you use neither of these sites, nor have any interest in using them, and yet people on your friendslist do - skip to the bottom. There's something for you, too.)

When I first signed up to Twitter, it was for the express purpose of using LoudTwitter to post a summary of my day when all I had to contribute during the day were blithe one-liners. This was - well, fine I guess. Some people complained but I couldn't care less really, it's my journal. However, I ended up not using Twitter for that, instead preferring to use it as a quick networking tool. One lines thrown out into the webosphere to interact with the people I read. It's what Twitter was designed for, I guess, and I like it that way. It's like public IMs

OTOH, Del.icio.us has proven ideal for those days when all I have to post on LJ is a bunch of links. Each account has a standard .rss feed of one link per item, but feature I use is the daily blog post - that aggregates ones daily feeds to a single exporting post. This isn't directly compatible with LJ, but I use it thusly:

First you'll need to download the Delicious Glue php script. If you have the know how, you can fiddle with the script for layout and tags - I'd like it to read the tags from the export itself, but it don't know how, so I add '!tag these posts!' so I can do it manually. The default tags are "delicious glue, links", which work quite well.

Upload this to your own server log into your Delicious account, where you'll need to go to Settings (top right hand corner) --> Daily Blog Posting (far right menu, bottom item).

Use your LJ username and password, point the URL at your uploaded script. Out_time is the tricky one if you're not in the same timezone as your server, as mine are. If your exported post is dated before your most recent 'real' post, they won't be posted. So plan to export after a usually quiet time in your journal. I export at 6am (GMT), because that gives a datestamp (11pm) for the day before, and I usually don't post much between 11 and 6am.

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ETA: matgb has kindly offered his own Delicious Glue script to anyone who wishes to use it, at:

If you do, please let him know?
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Whether you have LoudTwitter or Delicious Glue set up in your LJ, if you're reading this, it's likely someone on your friendslist does, and you may or may not agree with me that the general formatting of both is a bit ugly. So, armed with my trusty FireBug, I set about tweaking my LJ style to make these look a bit better with the following code. Colours have been taken out because they're unique to my style and you can do them your own damn selves:

.loudtwitter {
list-style:none;

}

.loudtwitter li {
border-bottom:1px dashed;
padding:5px;
}

.loudtwitter li em {
font-weight: bold;
font-style: normal;
}

.delicious {
list-style:none;
}

.delicious li {
border-bottom:2px dotted;
margin:0px 20px;
padding:5px;
}

.delicious-link {
font-size:14px;
font-weight:bold;
text-align:center;
}


Sample posts can be seen here: LoudTwitter | Delicious. Just copy and paste the code provided into the custom CSS box in Livejournal's Customise page, and Save Changes.

Alternatively, why not try Twitterless - a Greasemonkey script for removing LoudTwitter posts from your friendspage.

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1st-May-2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Plz to be stopping reading my mind and posting the stuff I have writers block over and thus haven't posted.

For it is freaky and weird and I have a bit of this saved as a draft. At least when SB does it we've spent ages talking about stuff.

Oh, if anyone wants to use my delicious glue php script they're welcome, it's at:
http://taktix.org/lj.php (dont click that people)
it's set to make the title "Linkspam for day-month-year" and the tags are "linkspam, del.icio.us, add tags" which works for me. If anyone does use it, letting me know would be useful as I may move the script when I rejig my server.
1st-May-2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
1) I'm going to edit this into the body of the post.
2) Partly it's because I read your twitter.
3) Now network with me on del.icio.us.
4) Don't forget to add this post.
1st-May-2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
re: 1&2, cool. Re 3&4: will do, but only after I finish getting this laptop set up. Shiny new work laptop, except no battery life, and the old one had a dead battery.

And I've only got one power cable, so I can only run one or t'other. Figures, don't it? No plugins currently, need to rejig what I'm using as Ive got too many again...

BTW, if you're not using it, Shareaholic is a great plugin for delicious and Facebook sharing, only tried it as the official delicious plugin isn't 3.05b compatible yet.
1st-May-2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Ooooh new laptop! Shiny!

Shareaholic, mmmm?

I'm doing a Firefox extension dump as we speak- stop reading my mind.
25th-May-2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Perhaps you can email me the script? Meantime I will freelaod on it if that's OK.
25th-May-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've emailed a copy of the original zip file without any of my hacking, this is mostly because I don't know which hacks worked and I've too many versions of it in different folders (changing PC 4 times in the last year has played havoc with my documents, I've not sorted them into a coherent whole yet).

Sent it to the gmail address, probably best to check the spam folder.

Feel free to continue using mine, but it posts at Canadian east coast time, and the server is running an older version of PHP so I can't fix it.
1st-May-2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I love it when you post things like this, it's so useful.
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