Platforms

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Each and every individual online social platform provides for its users different ways of submitting content before displaying it for the world to see.

For example, while tumblr provides various different methods for submitting content: text, video, audio, links and images etc, pinterest allows one form of input alone – the Pin – thereby restricting any scope to the designated format of its users’ posts: ultimately, the format of the pin’s contents is left entirely in the hands of pinterest’s posting process.

In addition, as well as there being different rules for communicating with these myriad platforms, there are also various compatibility issues, whereby some platforms simply refuse to accept certain formats, others impose severe restrictions regarding the quantity of posts they allow, and some appear determined to reformat posts as to make them neigh-on unreadable elsewhere.

All these issues are addressed by the #SPG, with varying degrees of success.


At present, six social media platforms are fully integrated into the standard #SPG setup, with more in development. Any combination of platforms can be employed and other platforms are available on request.

 Twitter.
      Formats.

Material can be posted to Twitter in two ways: either by text/link URLs [to be processed by and re-displayed on the twitter platform], or by image[s], with/without text. The choice of tweet-type as selected by the #SPG is dependent on source, content and independent rules set up within individual #SPGs.

All text is checked and corrected for erroneous and superfluous characters prior to being dispatched. All text is encoded to UTF-8 prior to being tweeted, to further reduce character translation errors.

If a post has a URL within it, the #SPG will tweet this URL [a summary of the content of this referring URL will be displayed as part of the tweet]. If there is more than one URL, the #SPG will select the first, unless one of the latter URLs is image or video, which it will select instead as the primary URL and post in the appropriate format. Original #hashtags are not modified by the system.

If no URL is present in the original post, the #SPG creates an image with the text and tweets that instead, as an image.

Interaction: Retweets, Likes etc.

        The #SPG can repost any tweet that its owner “likes”.
        The #SPG does not act upon retweets.

Disconnection issues.

Twitter may block accounts that are over-proliferative.
This is most likely to happen as a consequence of an over-zealous IFTTT recipe retweeting material relating to a trending subject, potentially generating 100s of tweets in seconds – such recipes are best avoided unless they are stringently controlled.

#SPGs on Twitter:

 Tumblr.
      Formats.

        Several different input options are available within Tumblr:

          Text, Images, Links, Video, Audio, Quotes and Chat.

The #SPG is capable of identifying and posting the first five of these formats.

Theme customisation.

Any standard tumblr theme can be used for an #SPG. However, as these themes only offer limited functionality, some modifications are required to optimise the performance of the #SPG.

Interaction: Reblogs, Likes etc.

        Reblogs are posted to other platforms.
        “Likes” are posted to other platforms.
        [feature discontinued by Tumblr July 2016]

Character encoding.

Most aspects of tumblr are fairly competent at handling character codes, except for the titles of “link” posts, where basic html character symbols eg “&” and “"” are incorrectly processed .

A partial fix for this can be implemented, but it does not work perfectly with some themes using tumblr’s “infinite scroll” feature.

Disconnection issues.

Tumblr has been known to delete accounts without reason and without warning. The most probable cause of this appears to be copyright infringement. There does not appear to be any court of appeal in such cases.

For more background on this, please read the following:

#SPGs on Tumblr:

 Pinterest.
      Format.

        Pinterest has a single form of input, so there is no control over format type.
        A single pin-board is selected for receipt of #SPG output.

Character encoding.

        Inputted text should not be in UTF-8 encoded format – Pinterest has issues converting it back to standard text.

Interaction:Repin, Likes etc

        “Pins” are posted to all other platforms.
        “Likes” are re-pinned, and posted to all other platforms.

Performance.

        IFTTT recipes monitoring Pinterest behaviour can have quite slow response times. Thus Pinterest is not the best choice as primary input into the #SPG.

#SPGs on Pinterest:

 Facebook.
      Formats.

        Three format options are available for posting to the Facebook platform:

          Text, links and images.

The #SPG does not require the text format option, and posts either links and images, depending on content and format of the original material.

Disconnection issues.

        Facebook has daily limits on the number of posts that can be made to an account. Once these limits have been reached, no more posts can be made until the 24-hour period has expired.

Interaction: Likes etc

        All posts are redistributed to all other platforms.
        Facebook “likes” are not processed by the #SPG.

#SPGs on Facebook:

 WordPress.
      Formats.

        WordPress does not provide a method of reading the content of provided link URLs.
        Two standard format options are available for wordpress posts – text and images.
        Posts to wordpress are usually delivered as text/html, unless the #SPG recognises the primary URL as being an image.
        Consequently, wordpress blogs generated by #SPGs are not image heavy.
        This only applies to wordpress-hosted blogs – if self-hosted, content can be displayed by using embed.ly with a modified script.

Theme customisation.

        Standard themes hosted directly on wordpress have only limited scope for modification. More advanced themes can be purchased, but they too have limitations.
        A self-hosted wordpress platform can be completely modified to optimise #SPG performance.

Disconnection issues.

        WordPress accounts have limits on the number of posts that can be made per day. Once these limits have been reached, no more posts can be made until the 24-hour period has expired.

Interaction: Likes etc

        All posts are redistributed to all other platforms.

#SPGs on WordPress:

 Blogger.
      Formats.

        Blogger/Blogspot does not offer a direct method of reading the content of provided link URLs, and has just two standard format options – text and images.
        Content can still be displayed by using embed.ly with a customised Blogger template.
        Posts are usually delivered as text/html, unless the #SPG recognises the primary URL as being an image.

Theme customisation

        The Blogger platform can be fully customised.

Disconnection issues

        Blogger imposes limits on the number of posts that can be made per day. Once these limits have been reached, no more posts can be made until the 24-hour period has expired.

Interaction: Likes etc

        All posts are redistributed to all other platforms.

#SPGs on Blogger:

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