Terça-feira, 19 de Julho de 2011

New (BETA) feature: Publish by e-mail

So, you wish to post to your networks using good, old-fashioned, e-mail?

Maybe you want to automate postings (please don't spam) or ... maybe, just maybe, you wish to cross-post from Google+  to your other networks and don't know how to: Pond is here to help.

All you have to do is add an email to one of your circles, and whenever you post to that circle, we'll re-direct your post to your other networks.

Before we show you how, let us list the warnings (please read them):

  1. This was a 24-hour hackathon. This means that our testing might not have been as thorough as we like, and there might be bugs.
  2. We will (for now) blindly post to all accounts with support for status updates, namely all Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. If you have more than one of these, all will get the post. Those of you who have a "work" Twitter or Facebook account, please take heed.
  3. For now, we only post a short status update. We add a link to the original post if the mail comes from Google+. We plan to add a lot of functionality, but for now this it.

This was planned yesterday around lunch time, written during the afternoon, tested this morning and launched now, so pay close attention to that BETA tag, please.

Now that we have got that out of the way, how do I go about setting it up?

Simple, go to accounts and read the "Publish by e-mail" section, which will tell you your very own, unique, publishing email. Anything sent to this e-mail is published on your networks, though currently only on those that support status updates.

To cross-post from Google+, just add this address to one of your circles. Anything posted to that circle will appear on Pond. Keep in mind that Google+ sometimes takes hours to send the email out, so an ocasional delay is inevitable.

Keep this email address to yourself. We trust any e-mail sent to this address as being yours, and will publish anything on it as being your own, so please don't tell other people about it. If you feel your email has been compromised, you can go to your account page and reset your e-mail address to a new one. We will promptly drop the old one from our list.

Hope this is useful, we definitely had fun doing it.


publicado por Shrike às 17:20

editado por pedrocs em 21/10/2011 às 15:21
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De Rui Barbosa a 20 de Julho de 2011 às 01:12
When do you plan to support cross-posting to Google+ in addition to Twitter and Facebook?


De Shrike a 22 de Julho de 2011 às 17:27
The short answer is :"As soon as we work out a way to do it" :)
Ideally, we'd prefer an officially supported API from Google, which doesn't exist yet.
If someone works out a way to do it which doesn't involve page-scraping or other types of abusive behavior, we'll consider using it.

We *really* want to support Google+.


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