I made a Facebook and Twitter sharing link making app thing
A couple of weeks ago I went to the brilliant HackBmth hosted at RedWeb and hacked together a little tool to make my (and my colleagues) life easier when creating Facebook and Twitter sharing links to be used in emails, blog posts or anywhere really…
You fill in some fields (without needing to manually UTF-8 encode spaces and special characters) then you get URL’s you can use to spread the word about something..
Now I’ll be the first to admit it was rough around the edges but functionally it worked! Woot! In just one day of coding, some rusty cogs had turned in a cobwebbed corner of my brain and I had a working tool of sorts – I should also add that I haven’t coded properly for a very long time, so I’m pretty pleased.
Today I tidied it up and made a version that anyone can use.
The twitter one just helps you make a URL in the right format – still handy as it encodes any special characters into the right format.
The Facebook sharing tool requires you to make an app at developers.facebook.com first so that you can use the app ID to make a sharing URL – there’s no coding required, fill in the minimum fields to get an ID… if you need help with this bit, leave me a comment and I’ll write up making an app at a later date.
Here’s the mostly finished product: http://alukeonlife.com/app/lufta/
Please be gentle with it… if you have any questions leave me a comment!
*1 The Facebook example uses my RNLI email links app as the sender, you’ll have your own icon and app name in here