IFTTT Attempt #2

My first attempt with IFTTT failed as expected.  Despite claiming it worked in the IFTTT account there is no post on my blog:






I looked around and picked a newer recipe (3688871) that accomplishes the same task.  Trying it now.  I’m not expecting much at this point but hopefully it works this time.


IFTTT for Blog Syndication


I’m continuing my quest for better search engine optimization (SEO) and have been looking for a good way to syndicate my blog across several channels.  In my search I came across a pretty cool service that should make it really easy – IFTTT.  It stands for If This Then That.  The idea is to create simple recipes that allow you to do a quick conditional check then take action on it if it is true.  This post is an attempt to actually use the service and see if my blog gets correctly syndicated to http://mikekennewick.blogspot.com/ after being posted to wordpress.  Here is my pseudo IFTTT recipe:

Text (made up syntax)

             If ( WordPress.Posts.Latest.IsNewPost( ) == True)  Then (Post[Wordpress.Posts.Latest].toBlogger( ))



Hopefully you are reading this on blogger which means that it worked.  Wish me luck!

Code Fellows

The Seattle community is filled with classes and resources for Microsoft Technologies.  I have taken my fair share of programming classes at Bellevue College Continuing Education which were very good.  Recently, however, the classes have gotten much more expensive and I don’t think they are worth it.  Also as .NET tapers in popularity and open source proliferates I find that there very few classes i’m interested in.

My recent interests are in BigData, Hadoop, NodeJS, Ruby, noSQL, and Machine Learning.  There seems to be a general lack of classes for non-Microsoft web development and emerging technologies.  After some searching I came across Code Fellows founded by local Andy Sack, I got really excited.  Here is what they are offering:

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After digging a bit, however, I was somewhat disappointed.  The classes are only offered during work hours and have very limited availability.  I decided the classes wouldn’t work for me but sent to a few friends.  One of them got really excited and went to sign up.  Only problem, Women only.

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“What?  Are you kidding me?” he asked.  I was quite surprised and quickly double checked.  Sure enough it was true.  Women only.  I have never seen anything like this.  The real kicker is the language in the application.  It goes out of its way to indicate its policy for gender equality and that everyone should have access to classes.  Here is an excerpt from the application:

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The way I read it is that Code Fellows prohibits discrimination against any person unless you are male.  I’m hoping the #nomen aspect to the program is simply temporary issue with availability of teaching resources and that this problem gets solved soon.  For now I remain disappointed.

Code Fellows, if you find this post, here are some thoughts:

1. There are quite a few customers out there interested in your summer classes but they are ineligible.

2. You might want to re-think your application language because it seems quite contradictory

3. Consider explaining the reason for “Women Only”.  There is probably a good reason just need to hear it.

4. Really like what you are doing, keep it up.

5. Your code-behind message made me laugh, I’m always checking people’s source.

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Simply Measured, Simply Beautiful

Simply Measured is a Seattle based start-up that is changing the way you view analytics.  You can follow @simplymeasured to get free analytics reports on various social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The company raised $8 million in January to continue to expand their vision of beautiful, useful, and easy to use reports.  On their website there are over a dozen free reports.  Here are just a few:


The LinkedIn reports is marked as “Coming Soon” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.  In order to try out the service I put in my twitter handle @mikekennewick and they did the rest.  Here are the results of the report:


With the free twitter report I can see:

  1. Top Keywords Within Follower’ Profile Descriptions
  2. Total Followers
  3. Followers Top Time Zones
  4. Followers by Time Zone
  5. Followers by # of Followers
  6. Followers by Date of Last Tweet
  7. Users by # of Followers
  8. Users by Total Tweets

They also have a really easy way to export to excel and powerpoint.  Here is a screenshot of the raw data for followers list:


You can download my Excel and PowerPoint exports here:

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Although there are may companies doing analytics on social media one thing that I think is especially well done by Simply Measured is the visualization and easy conversion to the office suite.