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Twitter, TweetBot and Custom API endpoints

As David Weinberger famously argued, the internet is great because it’s made up of small pieces loosely joined. That’s why I get kind of unreasonable when those connections I’ve made aren’t possible any more. It interrupts my workflows.

Many things can be automated these days using sites such as ifttt. If you haven’t discovered this website yet, click on the link and say goodbye to the rest of your morning/afternoon/evening. You’re welcome. :-D

For the past year or so I’ve been used to using something called gdzl.la to connect Twitter with Flickr. Instead of using TwitPic or, now, Twitter’s built-in service, I pointed my ‘Image API endpoint’ to gdz.la and my photos would show up in my Flickr stream. The flic.kr link to the image would then be appended to my tweet. Awesome.

But.

In their infinite wisdom, Twitter took this functionality out of the latest version of their official iOS client:

Twitter - lack of custom Image API endpoint

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Disappointed Doug was disappointed.

All was not lost, however. I asked (via TweetDeck – the Adobe Air version, as Twitter’s HTML5 version sucks) my Twitter network which iOS client they used. The response was many and varied, but a significant number of people recommended TweetBot. Enough for me to pay £1.99 for an app that provides similar functionality I can get for free.

To cut a long story short, TweetBot allows you to define a custom Image API endpoint:

TweetBot - custom Image API endpoint TweetBot - gdz.la

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Happy Doug is now happy. :-)

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeroen.clemens Jeroen Clemens

    said so ;-) Tweetbot is very nice. 

    • http://dougbelshaw.com/ Doug Belshaw

      Thanks for the recommendation, Jeroen! :-)

  • http://bmannconsulting.com boris

    You’re missing an “L” in gdzl.la — thanks for the post, definitely awesome.

    • http://dougbelshaw.com/ Doug Belshaw

      Thanks! Have fixed. :-)