Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Embrace Cross-posting

Manton Reece (congrats):

When App.net was first taking off, many microbloggers struggled with how to decide where to post their short-form writing. Should they post some topics to Twitter and others to App.net? Should they cross-post everything to both services? At the time, there was an informal consensus that cross-posting was a cheat. It couldn’t take advantage of each platform’s strengths, and followers might often see the same post twice.

I now believe that cross-posting is a good thing.

I’m now posting blog links to both Twitter and App.net, and each blog post now links to its day on my Twitter timeline. I’m not sure about cross-posting conversations, though. I don’t like reading the same posts twice.

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Have you considered using a separate Twitter account to syndicate your blog? I read the blog through RSS and I follow you on Twitter so I see each item twice.

@Benjamin I can see how that would be annoying, but using a separate Twitter account would mean that regular Twitter followers would not see conversation relating to the blog. And there would need to be two separate tweet archives, etc. So this seemed to be the least bad option. My hope is that it’s not too hard to ignore or filter out the blog links.

Maybe you could use a hashtag or other thing it'd be easy to mute?

@Nicholas I’ll give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

#mjtsaiblog works great — thanks.

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