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Discussion on: I can't make up my mind about Twitter lately

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Scott Watermasysk

Kind of a different direction....but I recently added a section of my blog called Shorts.

The goal is to post tweet-sized bits of content (ideas, links to other sites, etc) without having to give all control/content to Twitter.

I like the idea because it allows me to be more active on Twitter (well, to be clear, I just started doing this), without spending as much time on Twitter and helping to ensure the content I find important has a longer shelf life than your common tweet.

I use Jekyll for my blog, so I went the route of creating a separate content feed and then built a custom hook to help ensure the content was formatted properly for twitter.

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Victoria Drake Author

Thank you Scott, this is excellent. I had some unformed notions along this line, about finding a venue for micro-blogging with the same concerns you have. It’s what originally took me to Mastodon, though I can’t quite put a finger on why that isn’t the solution for me either. Your idea sounds promising!

I can create a separate RSS feed with Hugo as well. What are you using for the hook that formats your shorts for Twitter?

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Scott Watermasysk

I generate a separate feed (scottw.com/shortfeed.xml) and use Zapier to send it to Twitter.

The code is very Jekyll/Ruby focused: github.com/scottwater/blog/blob/ma...

  • Title + Content
  • Link_URL (a link to an external source)

If the above is over 280 characters, I try to intelligently truncate it and include a link to my blog post. This gives me the flexibility to write more and then have post finished on my blog.

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Victoria Drake Author

Thank you Scott! This is inspirational!

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