Except that has now stopped, with changes to twitter’s API policy. They want anything posted to twitter to stay with twitter, and not be exported or cross-posted to any other system. As a result the IFTTT website has had to remove all of its twitter triggers effective today.
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Posting of articles from Wordpress to LJ is still working, it is just grabbing the comments back that is failing
So the Twitter account hasn’t got anything of interest on it, other than “Test” messages, and remains protected. Once I get the Kindle link to Wordpress/LJ working, I may consider enabling traffic the other way – so that new blog posts get tweeted – but I don’t actually need another social network/time drain at the moment!
According to Russian News (LiveJournal is owned by Russian company, SUP), there is a distributed Denial of Service attack going on.
Apologies for this, but it was not intentional – as a result I have just unearthed a bug in my bespoke Wordpress code. I haven’t fixed it, but knowing it is there should prevent this happening again.
… and then realise I forgot to add tags.
The only problem with this plan is that I have been at it all day, solidly. Despite a couple of attempts to be distracted, it turns out that almost everyone else is too busy today to blog (thanks to Paul, though!).
The spammers use automated software to detect the type of forum software a site uses, and act appropriately in signing up. The demonstration of this that I saw was amazingly sophisticated – the spamming software first signs up for a new hotmail/gmail/whatever email account, then goes through a submitted list of likely forums, registering with each one, using that address. It then tests to see if it has posting access – if it does, it posts spam, if not, it then waits for (and responds to) any security/registration emails the forum software sends, all automatically – then having been approved, it posts spam.
I’ve been hosting with Xcalibre for several years, and I am not exactly abandoning them – they have sold off their hosting operation to Webfusion, who just happened to have some decent deals on VPS, so I am transferring it all across.
I’ve now enabled a couple of features I hadn’t previously bothered with, which should put paid to this little game.