Back when I worked for iCER I had my blog set up to automatically Tweet when I posted something new using a service called Twitter Feed. Unfortunately, Twitter Feed is no longer around and their website recommended as an alternative.

So far it was fairly strait forward to set up an account and I followed the menus to connect my Pelican RSS feed to my Titter account. At first it didn't seem to do anything but then I noticed a message that said something like "Last checked 56 seconds ago" and I went back to my Twitter account and all of my blog posts had been tweeted. Which is what I wanted so Yeah!

However, there were a lot of options that I didn't understand. For example, I thought it would only tweet the latest blog post. It didn't, it tweeted them all. Which is fine, this is where I wanted to go but I was hoping to test it first before blasting all of my twitter followers (I do not think I have many).

The second problem was that it only tweeted the title and the URL which is not very detailed. I don't want to everyone to be required to go to my blog post. I found an option to also include the body of the post. We will see if that does anything.

I plan to use this post as a test.


Update 1: There was a setting in that I turned on to "Post Body". This let more come though the twitter feed and nicely includes an image. This makes the behavior act as expected so I am really excited. Oddly, this particular post is not seen on Twitter. This is because I went over the 10 post limit on I am going to change the post date to today and see if that helps things out.

Update 2: Changing the date in the post didn't seem to trigger to post this message on twitter. I am now changing the filename inside of pelican to see if that changes the RSS feed enough to make think this is a new post.

Update 3: Changing the pelican filename didn't do anything either. I looked though the RSS feed and now I think maybe changing the post title will make a difference.

Spark mail

Wed 06 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

Spark Logo I am weird that I like email. It is my preferred form of communication on projects (maybe I am just getting old). I trust that I will get to my email and that I will not loose things. I realize that this trust is often not true but it is …

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Sun 27 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

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I have been coveting a FarmBot. At $2500 to $4000 these farming robots are a little out of my price range. However, I guess if I had a big enough yard I would still be looking to purchase one of these. They are so cool, they will plant, water, weed …

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White Noise and Teaching

Wed 23 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

It can be difficult to be the first student to talk in a quite classroom. I have been experimenting with the use of white noise to raise the overall din in the room and encourage taking more quickly.

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Sat 19 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

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A great purchase for anyone with a 3D printer and looking for projects With the kids.

About a year ago I stubbled across JJRobots and I just love the idea of this company. They sell a kit of electronic parts to maker hobbyists with access to 3D printers. The idea …

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Remember the Milk

Sat 19 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I have been a paid subscriber and dedicated customer to Remember the Milk (RTM) for many years (I have lost count). RTM is a todo list application. It is in the same category of something like Wonderlist and ToDoist (There are many others). RTM fits my personality and needs quite …

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Picking Blog Software

Fri 18 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

When I was at iCER we used confluence for our blogging software and when I did a (personal blog](// I used google blogger. On of the barriers for me getting back into blogging (besides my own personal hangups) is that I was never really satisified with either …

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