This is a brief update for auto-retweeting on Twitter. Some time ago I wrote a post about my experience with Yahoo pipes, but now I don’t need to “invent” anything anymore.

RoundTeam provides quick and convenient solution for retweeting automatically anything we want. RoundTeam is online service, which is created to do automatic retweets on behalf of your Twitter account. Using this tool you can define what to retweet: #hashtags, @mentions or just keywords. Also you can define from whom to retweet: from your followers, from those who are followed by you, or from all Twitter. Another useful feature – you can set up retweeting from any Public Twitter list. That means you can retweet from any particular Twitter account or even a group of accounts just by including them into Twitter list.

Let’s have a look on how it works. Login to RoundTeam. No registration needed. You will see the dashboard like this:

Link Twitter account which will make automatic retweets. It can be either account you used to login or any other your Twitter account. I added the same account which I used to login. (Note numbers of your followers/following at the next screenshot – brilliant idea! – it also shows the +/- difference  in numbers since last login, so you can always track your progress!):

Define any retweet parameters you want. First, choose the auditory you want to retweet from. I chose “Followers”. Then add #hashtag, @mention or keyword you want to be retweeted.

You are done now! Enjoy your retweet feed! You can make changes to your settings anytime. Hope you’ll enjoy user-friendly interface of this service.
And here is the simple screenshot illustrating how “List” feature looks like:

More details about configuring Lists feature you can find here: RoundTeam FAQ

One more thing, there is a very useful in my opinion feature called “Email aliases”. If you want to register new Twitter account for your retweeting purposes, you will need to provide new email address. RoundTeam saves your time by providing email aliases – create your “roundteam.co” email and link it to your current email address (Gmail, Yahoo etc.). Just 2 seconds and you are done:

Here what we finally got:

In conclusion, I can mention several use cases RoundTeam can help you with:

  • you can fill your Twitter feed with interesting retweets, relevant to your account’s topic. More about it here: Aggregate Updates.
  • you can promote your Twitter account – it is not a secret that people follow those, who have bright, the most up-to-date information in their feeds;
  • you can engage the interest of other Twitter users by retweeting them (nobody knows that you do it automatically! RoundTeam just saves your time and effort, but on Twitter nobody can find out if it is manual RT or auto-RT unless you’ll tell them!)
  • unique opportunity on Twitter – you can establish conversations among your followers. No one other application or Twitter itself can allow you to do this! Right now Twitter is just micro-blog, but using RoundTeam you can create and develop communities. All you need to do is just to think about your unique #hashtag, add it to be retweeted from Followers in your RoundTeam account and inform your buddies to tweet with this #hashtag when they want to say something to the community. RoundTeam  will retweet this message and every your Follower will see it in your account’s feed without the necessity to follow or be followed by other community members. More about community building with RoundTeam here: Community Building.

Using the service is completely free. Moreover, they have nice customer support and you can get your problems solved at the quickest. You should give RoundTeam a try now!


A common problem and mistake made on windows computers is that when you have a computer that has an international keyboard, for whatever reason, people seem to always make the same mistake when changing the keyboard layout. It is an easy mistake to make but can cause absolute chaos when using office applications as it instantly changes the language of whatever document you are working on to the language of your keyboard which in most cases isn’t what you want.

To help people with this I decided to create my first screen-cast, showing how to change the keyboard layout on your computer without changing input language:


This is a quick tutorial made to explain how to copy fonts for backup and sharing.

Sharing paid font’s is illegal. Only use the method outlined in this post for sharing free fonts or backing up fonts that you own!

  1. Navigate to C:\Windows\Font or click Start>Control Panel>Fonts
  2. Find the font you wish to send. The name of the file may not necessarily be under the name you might expect and there may be a suffix to the font like “Regular” or “Compressed Light”.
  3. To back these fonts up, slect the fonts for backup and copy them to your backup location. For sharing, copy this to a removable media device or copy into a folder which can then be zipped and emailed to the recipient.
  4. To restore or install the font, you should right click the font file and select “Install”


As of version 0.3.0 there have been some changes to the syntax of the Flatr Shortcode Widget so I have rewritten this guide accordingly! There are still the 3 methods that there were before for inserting the widget however for this guide, I have simplified it down to two!

Simple

The simple method (as the name suggests) is the easiest way to add a widget to your blog posts and pages! It will use all the default settings and all you have to do is insert the code!

[flattr /]

When you use this simple widget, here is how your widget will be configured:

  • The button type will be set to large
  • The User ID will be set to the author’s flattr id (if it is set and enabled in the settings), failing that it will be set to the default flattr ID set on the settings page or through the official Flattr plugin.
  • The title will be set to the Page/Post title
  • The description will be set to the Page/Post excerpt
  • The category will be set to text
  • The language will be set to English
  • Tags will not be set
  • The url will be set to the Page/Post’s permalink
  • The thing will not be hidden from listings on flattr.com

Advanced

You can also customise this code so that you can manually set the variables when calling the shortcode.

[flattr uid='{uid}' btn='{btn}' tle='{tle}' dsc='{dsc}' cat='{cat}' lng='{lng}' tag='{tag}' url='{url}' hide='{hide}' anc={anc} setanc={setanc} qty={qty} /]

All variables are optional (defaults will be used if left blank). If, for example, you wanted the default url you could exclude all “url=’{uid}’ ” and the default would be used. Leaving a variable empty will also result in the default being used but it is probably best practise to remove variables you are not going to be using.

To use edit the shortcode you should change the parameter values (indicated with curly brackets surrounding them). The parameters are:

  • btn – This is the type of button you would like to display. To get the compact button use ‘compact’ otherwise the default (large) button is displayed.
  • uid – This is your personal user id. If not defined, it The User ID will be set to the author’s flattr id (if it is set and enabled in the settings), failing that it will be set to the default flattr ID set on the settings page or through the official Flattr plugin, otherwise the widget will fail and return an error!
  • tle – This is the title of the thing you want to submit. This is typically the title of your blog entry or software name. If undefined the title of your Post/Page will be used.
  • dsc – This is the full excerpt of the content. Some blog text or information about your song you’ve written or so forth. If undefined excerpt title of your Post/Page will be used.
  • cat – This is the flattr category the content belongs to. You can choose between the following: text, images, video, audio, software, rest. If undefined text will be used.
  • lng – Language of the submitted thing. List of available languages. If undefined Enlgish (en_GB) will be used.
  • tag – This is the tags of the thing, to help people finding your content easier on the Flattr website. If you want to use multiple tags, separate using a normal comma (,) sign. If undefined no tags will be used.
  • url – This is the URL of the thing, if this is not always the same on your site. Maybe you have multiple domains with the same content. This is to lock the content to always be recognized as the same content for Flattr. If undefined the permalink of your Post/Page will be used. If you have an anchor that you want to append, it would be best practice to append it using the ‘anc’ parameter.
  • hide – Use this to hide the thing from listings on flattr.com. The value ‘true’ or ‘t’ will hide the thing. If undefined the the thing will be shown on listings on flattr.com.
  • anc – Appends an anchor to the url (saves you having to write the whole URL just to add an anchor). If a unique anchor is used on each widget it allows for multiple widget on the same URL. This must be unique otherwise 2 widgets with the same ‘url’ and ‘anc’ they will be the for the same flattr. Default is blank.
  • setanc – This value is ignored if no anchor is set, if it is set then it will add a code to the top of the widget so that the defined anchor redirects to the widget’s location. This means that when people follow the link from flattr.com, they will be taken to the location of the widget on the page. This is good if you want to have multiple flattrs for different sections and you put the flattr widget at the top of each section. Set to ‘1’ to set to true, ‘0’ to set to false. Set to false if you want to manually input the anchor code (if for example you wanted it elsewhere rather than at the point of the widget or you just wanted the backlink from flattr.com to go to your page as normal)
  • qty – Allows for you to have as many Flattr widgets as you want. Whatever number you set the value to will be the ammount of unique flattr widgets that will be created. Uses anchors to make them unique and is compatible with the ‘anc’ variable – it may cause problems if an anchor is set in the ‘url’ variable. Default is ‘1’.


UPDATE: Also see an updated blog with an alternative method.

This is a quick blog explaining how you can use Yahoo Pipes and twitterfeed.com to automatically RT tweets from another account! The pipe used in this tutorial will be the first of many pipes that I Have designed that will appear on Twitter-Pipes.com which should be set up soon.

This pipe is designed to take any twitter feed then convert it for use on twitter feed for the purpose of automatically RTing another accounts tweets. This pipe automatically turns the tweet into a RT so that when it is posted the original author is given credit.

The first step required is to get the Twitter Feed URL. To do this, go to the twitter profile you wish to AutoRT then find where it says ‘RSS feed of flungo’s tweets‘ (with the user name changed for the whichever profile you are viewing). If you are having difficulty finding this link, view the screenshot bellow:

Image showing the location of the Twitter feed on a Twitter profile.

Screenshot showing the location of the Twitter feed on a Twitter profile.

Once you have found this link there are 2 ways to get the Twitter Feed URL. If you are using a modern browser (like Google Chome or Mozilla Firefox) you can right click and you should be able to find something like ‘Copy Link Address’ or ‘Copy Link Location’. If you cannot do this then click the link and just copy the URL from your browser’s address bar.

Once you have this URL on your clipboard you will then have to go to the Twitter RT Feed Pipe and paste the Twitter Feed URL on your clipboard, into the Twitter Feed URL (see screenshot bellow – 1) then click ‘Run Pipe’. After the pipe has successfully run, you then need to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed (see screenshot bellow – 2) and copy the URL as you did for the Twitter Feed URL.

Image to show where the Twitter Feed URL needs to be entered and where to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed.

Image to show where the Twitter Feed URL needs to be entered and where to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed.

Now that you have that link copied you need to go to twitterfeed.com. After you have logged in or registered and gone to your Dashboard you will need to click ‘Create New Feed‘. You then need to click ‘Connect your feed to your Twitter Account’ and follow the instructions to connect the feed to your twitter. One you are logged in you will need to set a ‘Feed Name’ and paste the Pipe RSS link into the ‘RSS Feed URL’ box. You will then need to configure the advanced settings as follows:

Screenshot with anootation on how the feedshould be configured within twitterfeed.

Screenshot with anootation on how the feedshould be configured within twitterfeed.

After clicking save, you should be all set-up and ready to go! 🙂


I know I have been saying that this blog post has been coming for quite some time but it is finally here! This is my first Tutorial on this Blog and it will show how to use filters in Gmail. I thought that I would do it on something basic just to see how to lay it out and just to get used to it!

This tutorial will explain to you how to keep on top of your Gmail account by automatically applying filtering to new and existing mail! By the end of this you will be able to set up filter and automatically perform tasks to your mail like adding Labels, Auto Archiving and marking emails as read!

  1. To start with, log into your Gmail account then click “Settings” in the top right.

    Click settings

    Click "Settings"

  2. In your settings go to the “Filters” page.

    Click "Filters"

    Click "Filters"

  3. At the bottom of the “Filters” page you will find a link saying, “Create a new filter”. Click that.

    Click "Create a new filter"

    Click "Create a new filter"

  4. You will then be prompted to provide the criteria of your filter. This works exactly like an search, if the mail fits the criteria of the search then it will have the actions selected in the next step applied to it! In this example I will show you how I would set up a filter for emails coming from the FeedBurner for this blog. I know that all of these emails will come from the email address, feed@fabrizio.me.uk and no other emails will be coming from that. If, for example, emails other than feeds came from the same email address I would set a more detailed fill in a more detailed filter. Once you have completed your criteria you can click, “Next Step >>”

    Set up your criteria, then click "Next Step >>"

    Set up your criteria, then click "Next Step >>"

  5. After doing that you need to set the actions you want to have applied to messages that fit the criteria.
    Set the actions of your filter

    Set the actions of your filter

    • Skip the Inbox (Archive It) – This is pretty self-explanatory; if this is ticked then rather than the message arriving in the Inbox it will be Archived.
    • Mark as Read – This auotmatically marks the email as read, even before you have actually read it. This is good if you want to receive the email but wont always read it and don’t want to go to the effort of reading all of the emails you receive. I usually use this in conjunction with “Skip the Inbox (Archive It)” and “Apply the Label” so that they are out of my way but can be quickly found using the label.
    • Star it – This adds a star to the email and puts it in your starred items.
    • Apply the Label: – This adds the selected Label to the filtered messages.
    • Forward it to: – This forwards all messages that fit the criteria to the email address entered into the text area.
    • Delete it – I don’t recommend ever doing this but it will automatically delete items that arrive! I believe it will place it in the Deleted Items for 30 days but I have NEVER tested this!
    • Never send it to Spam – This ensures that emails fitting the criteria will never end up in your spam box! I always enable this for trusted emails!
    • Also apply filter to – I highly recommend this setting! This means that the rule will be applied to all messages currently found in your account as well as new items! This is good for maintaining consistency and back-dating new filters.
  6. Click create filter and you should receive this confirmation message!

    If you see this then your filter was created successfuly with no problems!

    If you see this then your filter was created successfully with no problems!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful and I will be running some feedback polls to get your…. well…. feedback 😛 You can also leave a comment bellow with your thoughts.

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