Posting from mobile devices
Posting from your mobile device
In general, most web interfaces for allowing posting on desktop are easily used on mobile, but the difficulty generally arises when one wants to share, like, bookmark, or repost material from one site or application to one's own site. This typically requires some mobile gymnastics of separately cutting and pasting quantities of text and URL's, not to mention after-the-fact editing to make the post look correct.
A number of bookmarklet tools exist for platforms like Known and WordPress (see also IndeWeb Press This) to make indieweb sharing and posting from desktop/laptops easy and straightforward, but things are a bit more complicated on mobile.
One solution for sharing from mobile involves the ubiquitous share functionality on Android and other platforms which allows one to click a share icon on the mobile content to share it to another mobile application.
Currently there are at least two solutions which will scrape the URLs from a mobile site or application (eg: either the Twitter native app or http://m.twitter.com), and then push that data to an IndieWeb friendly mobile app like Known or WordPress. There are at least two mobile applications for Android that will accomplish this:
- Bookmarklet Free
- URL Forwarder, with some encouragement from Captain Kurtis, David Laurell opensourced URL Forwarder on Github with a GPLv3 License on 8/16/16
Using one of the two above mentioned apps allows one to click the ubiquitous sharing icon in most Android apps that then triggers a pop-up allowing one to choose which app to share with. Selecting either Bookmarklet Free or URL Forwarder then takes one to an interstitial screen to allow choosing whether one wants to like, share, repost, bookmark, or reply to the particular content.
In most cases both bookmarklet apps do a reasonable and similar job, but typically they ended up sharing a section of unwanted text followed by a URL (and sometimes another chunk of text related to the original content). One may have to delete the extraneous "titling" text to leave the raw URL which Known then does a good job of reformatting properly to allow one to finish the post and send it off. Hopefully future updates to Known will fix this small glitch.
- Install URL Forwarder
- Configure setting with the following details:
Action name | Filter URL:
- Share |
- Reply |
- Like |
- Repost |
- Bookmark |
One will need to replace "www.yoursitenamehere.com" with their appropriate site URL.
Here, the action name, which appears first, is what to put in for the "Filter name" (field 1). The URL which follows was what one uses for the "Filter url" (field 2). For each of these one should leave the "Replaceable text" field as "@url".
The Bookmarklet Free app can be set up and configured in a like manner.
Many of these details first appeared on Sharing from the #IndieWeb on Mobile (Android) with Apps and @WithKnown by Chris Aldrich