Announcing blog posts on Twitter using IFTTT19 Jul 2017 | blog
When you have a blog you usually want to let your followers know when a new article is posted. This blog has an Atom feed but RSS readers are less common than they used to be and seem a bit old fashioned.
Announce on Twitter
Announcing a new blog post on my Twitter account seems like the modern way to go. But how?
A long-term solution will probably be to use a post-commit or post-push hook in GitHub where this blog is hosted.
Quick solution: IFTTT
I remembered that I have an account at If This Then That and decided to try using that. It is already linked to my Twitter account so that part of the process was ready to go. I created a new Applet (IFTTT-speak for a set of rules that link services together; formerly called a Recipe) to check the Atom feed periodically and tweet an announcement.
But IFTTT showed the Applet as never run and did not display any error messages that I could find.
Invalid Atom feed
IFTTT help pages include a link to the W3C Feed Validation Service.
Using that showed the feed to be invalid because the email address field was empty.
This was solved by adding
_config.yml. (I used a valid
email address that I can get my mail provider to filter if
it starts attracting spam.)
There were other, minor issues, including the
link information showing
http://blog.michaelstrasser.com instead of
https://blog.michaelstrasser.com. I don’t know
why Jekyll does that, but a solution is to add an explicit
url value to the configuration
(This value is only used in Jekyll production
In the default development mode it is overwritten by the actual URL:
Update: The tweet for this page is:
By default, IFTTT uses its own link shortener, but I turned that off as described here.