Tag Archives: tumblelog

Simple photo publishing – a new site

iSnapshotter is live.

It’s a really simple Tumblr-based site with a custom domain name. I intend to use the Tumblr app on the iPhone to post my more interesting snapshots there… typically these get edited on the phone using Photogene, CameraBag and Autostitch.

I wanted to keep iPhone shots largely separate from Flickr, and the new capabilities in the 3GS make it much nicer for taking snapshots on the road. It was pretty trivial to create… add a new tumblelog on my existing Tumblr account, snap up a custom domain via UK2.net, choose a nice photo-centric theme, download the Tumblr iPhone app, and I’m good to go. Now all I’d like is the ability to queue posts from the iPhone so I can spread them out a bit more.

Filtering photos from a feed

I sometimes use my Tumblelog to post the odd photo from my iPhone. Generally I don’t want to post iPhone images to Flickr (typically these are spur-of-the-moment snapshots and low quality). There are actually two very nice free apps for the iPhone that let me post directly to Tumblr (called, imaginatively, Tumble and TheTumbler – I’m still trying to decide which one I prefer).

The problem is that I also feed my blog titles and my del.icio.us links to Tumblr, and my Flickr images, and sometimes I will also post a text note there too. Tumblr does not provide feeds on a per-item-type basis, it only gives an aggregated feed containing all the stuff you’ve uploaded there, or pulled in from other sources. Plus, if you then add that to FriendFeed, you get duplicates, even though FF can now work that out to some extent and roll them up into single entries.

Anyway… I put together a quick Yahoo Pipe which filters just the photos that were uploaded directly to Tumblr (ignoring Flickr images, for example). Feel free to clone and re-use, you can just enter your own Tumblr feed URL in the entry box at the top.

Update: well, shoot. It doesn’t ignore the Flickr images at all, does it? Gah. Apparently they are imported to Tumblr as images… which makes me suspect that even when I remove photos from Flickr they will stay on Tumblr. How annoying. And the more I look at the way that the Tumblr feed is constructed, the more I don’t like it at all.

Some other online presences – Seesmic, YouTube, Tumblr

I’ve become aware that I’m increasingly using a bunch of other online services, but that I don’t have very visible links to them on my blog, which is something that needs to be fixed. I need to tackle the About page very soon, along with that blogroll over on the right-hand side, too.

Seesmic

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying out Seesmic, which is kind of like video Twittering.

I still don’t find it very intuitive or easy to use. The first problem is that it requires far more time and attention than something like Twitter, and thus I might comment in a conversation thread but rapidly run out of temporal bandwidth for watching all of the responses.

More importantly though, it is written in Flash and there are no URLs to profiles for individuals, so I can’t give you a direct link to my Seesmic page… and if you do have an ID there, you’ll just have to look for one of my posts to pop up in the public timeline in order to find me (or search for me using egowhore). They need to fix this.

Seesmic is pretty interesting though, and I’m giving it a go as much as possible.

YouTube

In keeping with the video theme, I also now have a YouTube profile. This is just an FYI in case you’re a YouTube fan… I’ve been thinking about the available online video services and may blog further about this soon. Feel free to connect with me over there.

Tumblr

My tumblelog has been quietly collecting my del.icio.us links and stuff for a while but I’ve started to occasionally post photo and video links over there too. I noticed recently that Tumblr’s functionality has significantly improved and there are far more options for customisation, a dashboard, and other nice things to play around with, so I’ve become more interested in using that again.

Tumblr is really a lot nicer than Suprglu, which I wrote about nearly two years ago but which clearly hasn’t had the investment that Tumblr has benefited from. My Suprglu page is still there, but I can’t see me actively doing anything with it.