Weirdness with Delicious daily blog post: Other options?

For a long time, I’ve been using the Delicious daily blog post feature to syndicate to this site the  interesting stuff I’m saving and sharing via the popular social bookmarking service Delicious.

Since the recent Delicious upgrade, that service has had some issues.

First, that daily blog post stopped working for me entirely until I looked through the Delicious documentation and learned I now had to run the Postalicious plugin to continue making that feature work with WordPress. No biggie, I installed it.

Postalicious gave me a lot of new options for configuring that daily blog post.  I experimented with them. One option I liked was the ability to change the default title supplied to that post. Also, I temporarily changed my posting interval to hourly (so I’d show more posts with fewer links each), but decided I didn’t like that so today I switched it back to daily.

But today, I’m wondering whether Delicious has stopped working with Postalicious. Today’s links post is back to running the standard head Delicious supplied before: “Links for [DATE] (” I’m not happy with that heading, but right now I don’t seem to have the ability to change it.

I checked the Delicious support forum, where users are discussing the changes to this service. I noticed this interesting post from Britta of Delicious, regarding their future strategy for this service…

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Interesting stuff, August 11th from 13:52 to 14:37

Here are some items that caught my interest, and why, from August 11th from 13:52 to 14:37:

  • Google Gmail, Google Apps Outage in the Cloud | – Google Gmail and Google Apps messaging and collaboration services in the cloud suffered an outage of nearly 15 hours. Google Gmail and Google Apps users spent their time away from the messaging and collaboration platforms flogging the company on the Google Apps discussion group. Can Microsoft and other SAAS newcomers take advantage of these Google Gmail and Google Apps outages?

    Several Google users, some of them paying customers, found themselves knocked out of Google Apps and Gmail after an "access issue" knocked out the company’s software as a service suite for 15 hours.

  • Online Event Registration Service – Eventbrite – This might be useful for registration/RSVP for some events I have planned coming up. Jack Vinson told me it's a free service for free events. Have you used this service? What did you think?

Missing some iPhone calls? Turn off 3G

I’ve been having a rather troubling (but hopefully solveable) problem with my new 3G iPhone. Several of my incoming calls have been going straight to voice mail. The phone isn’t even ringing.

This is happening when my line is free, and when I’m showing adequate signal bars to receive a call.

I’m on the phone with AT&T Mobile support right now, and they said they’re tracking this problem with iPhone service. It appears to be happening when your iPhone is set to be on the 3G network. Apparently 3G isn’t as good for voice as it is for data.

Is this happening to you? Call AT&T! AT&T Mobile is collecting examples of this problem occurring. I’ve entered a trouble ticket for my problem. But if this is happening to you, call AT&T (611 on your iPhone) and let them know that you’re having the same problem. They have a master trouble ticket going on this, and they’re encouraging people to report the problem. The more examples they have, the better they can diagnose and fix the problem (so they say).

When you call, it helps if you can cite a specific example of a call you missed that you should have received.

Recommended tip: If you’re missing some calls, be sure to deactivate the 3G network on your iPhone when you don’t need it to browse the web. (Settings -> General -> network, then click “off” next to “enable 3G”)

This will also save on battery life.

Apparently while you’re not on the 3G network, it’s pretty tough to take a call and browse the web at the same time. I can live with that particular tradeoff for now, as long as I’m receiving all the calls I should be receiving.

Interesting stuff, August 11th from 08:25 to 08:25

Here are some items that caught my interest, and why, from August 11th from 08:25 to 08:25:

  • Is there a Tumblr plugin for EE? | ExpressionEngine Community Forums – One of my clients has a site built in Expression Engine — which is powerful, but more complex than necessary to make quick link-blurb style posts. This discussion thread in the EE forum indicates that it might be possible to post to an EE site via Tumblr.

    Has anyone actually done this? Please comment below.

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Delicious: Now a SERIOUS microblogging tool!

I just noticed that sometime over the last few days quietly upgraded its bookmarklet to support a notes field of up to 1000 characters, the new maximum length of a post to Delicious. (It used to be just 255 characters, which was a too-tight constraint for bloggers.)

This is a great thing for people like me who use Delicious as a way to supply content to blogs (rather than just to remember or share interesting sites).

delicious support forum thread

Also with the recent major facelift, they’ve overhauled the “blog posting” service (available under “settings” for your account) that allows you to connect your Delicious account to your blog, and make regular posts to your blog of whatever you’re bookmarking in Delicious. In short, you can now exercise much greater control over how and when Delicious posts items to your blog. I’ll be experimenting with that in Contentious, to see how I can improve your experience of that content here.

Way to go, Delicious! At least Yahoo is doing something right these days!

Multiple account support?

My only remaining criticism of the Delicious Firefox add on is that it does not yet support multiple accounts. I maintain separate Delicious accounts to feed different blogs and other projects. Formerly I used the Delicious Complete Firefox add-on to post to Delicious because it does support multiple accounts. But unfortunately that add-on is not compatible with Firefox 3, and I don’t know if it ever will be. Sad. (Murklins hacked together an independent update attempt — I haven’t tried it yet, but I probably will.)

Fellow Delicious user Britta also would like the official Delicious bookmarklet to support multiple accounts. Follow and speak up in this support forum thread if you’d also like this feature.

Britta also suggested that Mac users who want to post to multiple Delicious accounts try the third-party tool Pukka. I just installed it, and it seems functional but very basic. Also, so far it only supports posts up to 255 characters, so I won’t be using it.

But again, the real news here is that Delicious now supports posts of up to 1000 words, and the tools that make it easy to post to Delicious without having to visit the Delicious site also are now supporting that higher text limit. Microbloggers, have a blast!