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Putting Tumblr to work for you

Posted by Wed, 19 Dec 2007 19:27:00 GMT

I’ve been using Tumblr off and on since early April. I tend to neglect it because I’ve found the interface a bit clumsy. The recent redesign hasn’t improved on the things that I consider obstacles in getting things quickly added to my tumblr. Since the concept behind the tumblr is to quickly share things with people, the interface doesn’t facilitate this workflow as quickly as I think it could.

In any event, I tend to not login to my dashboard very often (few times a week?), which means that I don’t post as often as I’d like.

A few months ago, I finally started to use the Feeds feature in tumblr, which will automatically add things to your tumblr from an RSS feed.

The first feed that I started to use was my Flickr account.

Flickr to Tumblr

This solution for this was to tag photos that I want Tumblr to automatically with ‘to:tumblr’.

Next, you just need to grab the URL for the Flickr RSS feed for photos tagged with to:tumblr.

Next, you’ll want to add this feed to Tumblr.

Voila… in a little while, your photos tagged with to:tumblr will start to show up on your Tumblr. to Tumblr

Links to blog articles, web sites, etc… are things that I generally use for… so doing it once for each was taking too much. So, I’m now using the same tagging formula with to get Tumblr to automatically add links to my Tumblr.

Now, I can use the RSS feed for items tagged with to:tumblr on my account with Tumblr.

Pretty simple. :-)

Google Reader to Tumblr

Another place that I find myself wanting to post to Tumblr is from within Google Reader. Well, it’s actually really easy to do this by taking advantage of the RSS feed that Google Reader provides for your Shared Items.

google reader shared

Just grab the RSS feed from here…

Then add this RSS feed to Tumblr like the examples above.

Putting Tumblr to work for You!

I’m hoping to continue using this pattern with other sites as well. I’d be interested in hearing how other people are using Tumblr to aggregate focused content in an easy to browse way.


It appears that Tumblr currently only allows you to use five feeds to import. Until they upgrade this limit, you can use Yahoo! Pipes to do some of the heavy lifting.

Canada on Rails links and wrap up

Posted by Mon, 17 Apr 2006 20:05:00 GMT

4 comments Latest by Nathan Youngman Tue, 18 Apr 2006 23:53:24 GMT

Jeremy and I arrived back to Portland on late Saturday afternoon. I am already looking to schedule some time to go back to Vancouver, B.C. to visit again for a short trip away from work stuff. :-)

I wanted to take a few minutes to post some links that relate to Canada on Rails... and if you have more… email me them or post them as comments. :-)


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It's all about context

Posted by Sat, 15 Apr 2006 08:43:00 GMT

3 comments Latest by Robby Russell Sun, 16 Apr 2006 19:53:06 GMT

Well… Canada on Rails is over. There was an afterparty… and pictures will be uploaded in the next day. I had the priviledge of meeting many….many… many… talented… bright… and high maintenance people over the past few days. I went out of my way to go and introduce myself to several people and when you’re a speaker it seems to make that process even easier for others to ask you how you use Rails to solve certain types of problems. As Legacy systems, databases are problems that many people are encountering… it was comforting that people at the conference were highly interested in learning more.

The afterparty was alright… it got really exciting when a few of us decided to venture to a pub away from the club where the party was. Within 30 minutes… everybody followed. I got stuck sitting next to DHH and we got to discuss many topics with each other… such as legacy systems and how AR can be bent a little in one direction… but it’s not going to be the perfect solution for older problems. I have some work cut out for me. :-)

While I had him there… I was able to discuss prototyping with him. For example, does 37signals use prototypes that get thrown away? I’m not convinced that he’d agree with me... :but from how he described their process, which I can only assume is far from perfect and is evolving just as much as any of our processes… that they are onto something. It was entertaining and highly educational.

I have much more blogging to do…. and it’s true… Thomas Fuchs is really a direct descendent of Bon Jovi… and David Goodlad is really a Good Lad from Canada.

First pictures from Canada on Rails...

Posted by Wed, 12 Apr 2006 01:00:00 GMT

Jeremy and I are flying up tomorrow… but it appears that Rails developers are flocking to Vancouver, B.C.

Check out the Flickr photostream… we created a Canada on Rails group. :-)

Into Vancouver

If you’re going to be at Canada on Rails... join the group and post your photos! :-)

This first picture was added by Jacob Quinn Shenker.