MySpace Crossposting

After our last visit to Wichita, I friended my niece, Alizabeth, on a couple of social networking sites. My blog entries already crosspost to Xanga, LiveJournal, and Facebook, but I’ve ignored MySpace since I first got an account a couple of years ago. I never really wanted a MySpace, didn’t like the site or its format, and I found it to be clunky and unwieldy. To this day, I have not found out how to change backgrounds and colours because it simply wasn’t worth the hassle. The site sucks, so why should I work to resolve their deficiencies?

However, there are a number of people that I like but haven’t seen in many years who have stumbled upon my space, for lack of a better term, so I’ve let it continue to exist in the nether that is the interwebs. Now that I’m connected to my niece on there, I thought I might invest a bit more into that heap of junk.

Thankfully, I discovered that I don’t really have to. A plugin has already been made that allows WordPress entries to be automatically crossposted to MySpace. Of course, since MySpace has horrendous formatting tools and tends to rip nicely formatted articles to shreds through its ineptness, the writer of the plugin recommends not actually crossposting entire entries. Instead, he gave an option to allow one to post just a reference and a link on MySpace that points to the original WordPress blog entry.

I write all of this to say that I’m have installed and am testing the MySpace crossposting plugin, so I’ll be publishing and playing with this article several times in the next few minutes as I try to get it to post cleanly. I might even update if it works or instead fails so miserably that my soul is devoured and sent to plugin hell. Only time will tell, my friends.

Edit:: Bah, the plugin didn’t work. After it failed time and again and I did some troubleshooting and account creation, etc., I started reading the comments at the end of the original thread/entry (where I found the plugin) and discovered that MySpace made some changes to their site on October 10th and the plugin hasn’t worked ever since. Oh well 😦

Edit deux:: Dear Jesus was that a PITA! So, I’m already in the mood to tinker, and I think, “Hmm, I was interested in switching my CMS from Mambo to Joomla. Maybe I’ll give that a try…” I look up some pages and find a forum that says it’s really easy and here are the two steps I need to do. So, I do a full backup and try the two steps.

tappita-tappita:… 404 FULL OF EPIC FAIL!

And when I try to restore my backups, it doesn’t work. I’m getting MySQL errors after restoring the MySQL backups, errors after restoring Home directory backups, errors errors errors. So I finally wiped everything and restored the backup. That fixed it, thank God.

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I hate screwing with this stuff; it makes me super twitchy and I get worried and stuff never works right the first time and then I freak out because I don’t really care what the backend is so long as it works right and looks pretty on the frontend. Which it does. I need to keep my hands off my PHP -_-;

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