FriendFeed, Twitter, WordPress, et al.

I am an admitted early adopter of new technology, comparatively speaking. And I love online/web-based/cloud tools. I’ve been a fan of WordPress for many years following Moveable Types movement to paid services. Most recently I’ve taken a real liking to Squarespace, which I am using at work to completely revamp our neglected website.

I also am a big fan of Twitter, FriendFeed and several other services. I use FriendFeed a lot, checking in several times a day. I don’t use Twitter directly so much unless I’m on my phone, but it gets updated from FriendFeed. At least it used to.

For some inexplicable reason, FriendFeed stopped updating Twitter with both “comments” and “likes”. FriendFeed is a huge source of information for me, second only to Google Reader. When I “like” something in FriendFeed, it is because I really like it. I sometimes also use the “like” feature in FriendFeed in lieu of the “re-tweet” for tweets that others have posted. (I use FriendFeed as my main interface for Twitter – the UI plus list organization are much easier to deal with.) But if FriendFeed doesn’t send out a post to Twitter with a “like”, my system breaks down.

I started messing around with all of this because I was trying to implement a sort of “daily digest” post using one of the WordPress plugins. For some reason none of them worked too well with my system and it exposed that my Twitter feed was not being updated with either “likes” or “comments” from FriendFeed. Long story short, here is what I’ve done to hopefully fix the problem:

  1. Turned off the “post to Twitter” in the settings for my FriendFeed account.
  2. Disabled the Twitter feed in my FriendFeed account to avoid a possible endless loop.
  3. Set up twitterfeed with three separate feeds:
    • The feed for my FriendFeed posts including updates from this blog
    • The feed for my FriendFeed likes
    • The feed for my FriendFeed comments
  4. Re-activated the Twitter Digest plugin based on Alex King’sTwitter Tools plugin

I’m hoping that this will achieve the desired result. If not, plan B is to go to a dual platform model. I’ll set up a Tumblr blog for capturing most of the stuff I do in a day, and continue to use WordPress as more of a general CMS (content management system).