Using Zapier to pull Instagram updates to micro.blog

Zapping Instagram pics to Micro.blog by Carl Rustung (Carl Rustung)

I recently did a little site update. The biggest change was connecting it to my Micro.blog and syndicating the posts here. Micro.blog, in turn, picked up my Instagram posts, routing them over here as well. This was done using a cool, little service called OwnYourGram.

Though a brilliant (and free!) initiative, it didn’t work very well. It was hard to keep track of just when it would reroute my pics, and the other day it stopped working completely. The error message was kinda vague, so I have no idea who’s to blame – might be OwnYourGram, might be micro.blog… might be me.

Anyway, I’d recently set up Zapier to tell Netlify to update my site whenever I’d posted something new to micro.blog, so I thought I’d check if it could also do my Instagram sharing for me. Turns out it could!

I don't post to Instagram as often as I used to. I prefer to post images to my website first. But I thought it would be useful to pull in my Instagram updates to micro.blog. My Instagram is set to point to my WordPress.org website for "backfeed" responses. OwnYourGram is not a solution for me.…

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Going Full Indie

Reply to Khürt on micro.blog by Nitin Khanna

Khürt, I absolutely get a lot of value from my micro.blog account. First of, this is a great community of bloggers, coders, amateur photographers and even one harpist. I’ve found this to be a great continuation of the community I found in app.net, which subsequently splintered into a few groups.

I remember paying for an app.net account. App.net was also touted as saving people from Twitter. Whatever happened to app.net? Could that happen to micro.blog? I am, in fact, thinking of trying to woo some esoteric friends off twitter and onto here, though I’ll be guiding them to use micro.blog for free because the economics…

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Leaving Micro.blog

Why I'm leaving Micro.blog by Belle B. Cooper (Belle B. Cooper)

It feels to me like we're all at a party at Manton's house. Unlike a public, community-run event, where you can have a say if you think things could be done better, if you don't like how a host runs their house party, you just leave. And those who agree with how the host does things, or like the rest of the people at the party enough to put up with it, stay.

I agree with this and the rest of what Belle B. Cooper wrote. It's how I feel about all hosted social platforms.

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