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HootSuite Auto Scheduling using Google Docs #twitter

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I like using the HootSuite bulk uploader, and round the time I posted the post HootSuite Bulk Uploads I had set up a Google Docs file to produce the csv file it requires as input. It can simply be made by uploading the example provided by HootSuite to Google Docs and using that as a template.

Google Documents Validation

As I was explaining the features of HootSuite to my mother, including the bulk uploader, I suddenly realized that I could make my spreadsheet more valuable for myself and others by adding a check to see whether it has 140 characters. I wasn’t able to use the regular Docs Data Validation, so I decided to roll my own in the script editor, which meant adding a Trigger to the script so it is called after the spreadsheet is edited. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

February 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

HootSuite Bulk Uploads #twitter #facebook

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In December of 2010 HootSuite enabled bulk scheduling[1] of messages to FaceBook, Twitter and the other services it supports. This was during my HootSuite hiatus, which means I missed it. I think it’s such a cool feature that I wanted to spend some time on it. It’s so easy to schedule future messages by creating a .CSV file, as the example below:


18/05/2011 12:00:00,Your message here,http://specialbrands.net/
25/05/2011 12:00:00,Your next message here,http://specialbrands.net/

Go to the compose message and press the calendar icon, which opens the calendar (image on the left). Press the Schedule in Bulk button to open the uploader (image on the right). Here you can select a social profile and upload a correctly formatted .CSV file with up to 50 messages. HootSuite will schedule these messages for this profile. Any errors are concise, they usually relate to problems in the file due to invalid input or duplicate messages.

  1. Batch Scheduling and Feature Trials ~ HootSuite Release with Something for Everyone

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

May 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

Image source Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

Social Media Syndication – Feedback Loop

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Screaming Man - geishaboy500

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on updating my “Social Media Syndication” flowchart. During the building of this which includes over 100 services I made some configuration errors, which lead to a number of services taking their input from or and reposting this to another site which reposted this to Twitter or Ping.FM. This has show me that in principle the application of Social Media Syndication can be an even more powerful tool than I first realized. (Which I will explain in a later post.)

As I have always said is that I make mistakes so my clients don’t have to, and in this case I made some mistakes which is helping me to create a new flowchart which can – under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 – be used by all to ensure that they can be available on multiple platforms. Naturally this doesn’t remove the essential human element that is the primary part of Social Media.

I will be able to share this with the world at the end of November, I’m going to release more than just the result image this time and will release the source document in an open format so that it can be extended for mashups and remixes can be made.

Image source: geishaboy500

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Ping.fm Syndication Issue #twitter

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As you might have noticed I’m slowly coming to appreciate as a tool to update my microblogs, or status. Some and subscribers started complaining that they were getting two messages. The first was a update from Ping.FM directly to Twitter. The second went from Ping.fm to Brightkite – which adds the geolocation – and was then posted to Twitter.

It looked a little like this:

Sitting at home – http://bkite.com/01wFQ about 2 hours ago from Brightkite
Sitting at home about 2 hours ago from Ping.fm

As Brightkite sends the message on to Twitter with my current geolocation added it wasn’t necessary for Ping.fm to directly update Twitter.

The only things I still have which updates Twitter directly are:

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Short Blog Posts Vanishing (UPDATED) #ping.fm

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You might have noticed that some subjectless, single blog line posts are added to this blog during the day, they may contain a location or an activity as would be more appropriate for a or a BrightKite feed. These truncated blog posts are actually the microblogs – or status updates – which I’m sending with my GTalk client for the CrackBerry to – which syndicates my microblogs to 20+ sites including Twitter. Sadly enough these messages are erroneously being posted to WordPress by Ping.fm.

I am currently employing two options for correcting this:

  1. Use my custom trigger (shortcut #ms) to post to all my microblogs – by way of Ping.fm – with the exception of WordPress
  2. In case a message is posted incorrectly, remove the WordPress item from the blog manually

This does mean that typos cause these microblogs to appear here until I manually remove them, however leaving WordPress active in Ping.fm still makes it possible for me to write a blog post in Ping.fm and have it syndicated to all my blogs. Were I to decide to remove WordPress from Ping.fm I would most likely lose a good part of the automated syndication of my blog postings.

UPDATE: I think I’ve been able to disable this for WordPress, we’ll wait and see…

Please tell me if this issue bothers you, I will try to avoid erroneous messages as much as possible.
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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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