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Solved: “Fresh From FriendFeed and Twitter” plugin

June 3, 2011 Tricks

I’ve got far less time than I wish to keep this blog updated with new posts… so I was delighted some months ago to discover the WordPress plugin Fresh From FriendFeed and Twitter.

I immediately installed it, thus the home page has been constantly updated with my latest tweets ever since. Unlike other plugins, this one doesn’t simply show a feed somewhere in a widget, but creates a constantly updated WordPress post.

However a couple of minor bugs, in an otherwise excellent piece of free software, felt like the proverbial “pebble in the shoe”:

– a weird text such as O:16:”SimpleXMLElement”:1:{i:0;s:6:”picker”;} shown as author name rather than just my nickname “picker”

– non-working permalink in the generated post (also when clicking on the title)

I tried to fix them a couple of times, but my PHP skills are honestly amateurish: web sites were still static when I worked as freelance web designer years ago! So I resolved to give a try to Elance, an online marketplace for digital professionals which I first heard about when reading a great book: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.

For the cost of a dinner in London, I hired a young PHP developer from Bangladesh and he managed to fix the plugin in a couple of days. It’s the magic of currency exchange, so I even felt good by supporting a bold entrepreneur in the developing world.

Of course the outcome is available to any interested blogger: click here to download the fixed plugin.

I’ll try to inform the original author, whom I’ve not been able to talk to so far, so hopefully this fix will help him publish an officially updated version of the plugin on WordPress Extend.

In the meantime, I hope this helps!

One Comment on “Solved: “Fresh From FriendFeed and Twitter” plugin

July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Thanks for fixing this, man!! Great work!!

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