The Crossposting God Series Part 5 – Myspace

May 27, 2008

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Myspace.

Myspace.

OK, I’ve repeated it a couple times I think I’m ready to actually talk about it.  Unlike some other services where I explain the community and the functions, I’m going to refrain from doing that for Myspace.  While I do have a myspace account, I won’t say that I truly like Myspace.   I haven’t even bothered to give myself the uber l33t cool profile page.   It’s a thing, not a good thing, not really a cool thing, just a thing.

So if I’m so “meh” towards Myspace why do I post there?  Because unfortunately some of my friends haven’t seen the light and still utilize the server.   I keep in touch with old gaming friends there especially, so I feel I want to broadcast my information there as much as I do anywhere else.   I’ll tell you what though, it isn’t easy.   Myspace may proclaim new found openness, yet getting information into Myspace without using their tools is a pain in the butt.

There are three things you can do remotely to update Myspace and keep your friends up to date on you.

  • RSS Widget
  • Status Updates
  • Blog Posts

RSS Widgets:

For any site that allows you to place a widget into your profile, and does not allow you any remote options to any other functions, RSS widgets allow you to bypass the whole “you can’t put our data in our service unless you use our tools” wall.   While Myspace is getting better, it still wants you to play with it’s tools.

If you do a search for RSS widget “Service Name” in Google you shuold be able to pick and choose the one that is right for you.   By editing your Myspace profile and putting your embed code into your profile, you should be able to display the news feed you want right there on your profile page.

While this is all fine and dandy it doesn’t really cover what a crossposting god wants to accomplish, so let’s move onto some of the other options.

Status Updates:

Your status updates, the “I’m in my room crying cause Kurt Cobain is still dead” status updates that you use on Myspace if your an aging emo kid, these can be done remotely.   By utilizing service such as Ping.fm and Hellotxt you can update this via instant messenger or my choice, my Twitter account, without ever logging in.

You can do this by creating an account on Hellotxt or Ping.fm and they will give you an email address in which you can notify them of your current status.   We’ve discussed on ways to utilize e-mail notifications for use with other services, now you know the gateway to updating your Myspace status message.

Blog Posts:

Blog posts are the final achievement of the crossposting god when it comes to Myspace, unfortunately I only have a solution for WordPress users.  There is a plugin called MySpace Crossposter that will send your post over to your Myspace blog when it receives a publish event notification.  To get some of the information in configuring this plugin (it’s one of the most pain in the butt) you will have to open up your wp-config.php file to get the accurate information.

The options to program this plugin are as follows:

Database Settings:

These options will be automatically configured in future versions of the plugin. Most of the data is available in your wp-config.php file if you need to reference it.

  • DATABASE HOSTNAME: URL of your database host. NOTE: there is no “http://” before this server name
  • DATABASE NAME: Name of your WordPress database
  • “POST” TABLE NAME: Only change if your wp_posts table has a different name… Most users need not change this variable.
  • “META” TABLE NAME: Only change if your wp_postmeta table has a different name… Most users need not change this variable.
  • DB USERNAME: Username for the database
  • DB PASSWORD:Password for the database

Blog Information:

These options will be automatically configured in future versions of the plugin.

  • BLOG URL:URL for your blog, complete with http://
  • BLOG NAME: Name of your blog, as you’d like it to appear on your MySpace post.  Please note that it seems to have a problem with non alphanumeric characters, using them can cause some strange results.  I had to configure it to be “Creevas World” instead of “Creeva’s World 2.0”, your mileage may vary.

Myspace Login Credentials:

Without these, you won’t be able to crosspost.

  • MYSPACE USERNAME:Your MySpace username – usually your email address.
  • MYSPACE PASSWORD:Your MySpace password.

Post style:

Choose “notification” or “full story”.

  • POST STYLE: n = Notification Style *recommended* (will drive traffic to your external blog) w = Whole Blog Entry (formatting may be lost in translation)

Because of longer posts like this one won’t show up in the myspace blog I just have it setup to post a notification of a new blog post, this also allows me to see how often I get hits from my Myspace blog (not often I’ve either unloved or uninteresting).

If you have further questions on making this all work together, please drop a comment below.  The next chapter in the crossposting god series is going to be on RSS feeds and making them work for you in broadcasting your information across the blogosphere in a controlled manner.

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Previous Entries in The Crossposting God Series:

The Crossposting God Series Part 1 – The Introduction

The Crossposting God Series Part 2 – Vox

The Crossposting God Series Part 3 – Live Journal and Derivative Sites

The Crossposting God Series Part 4 – Entry, Distribution, and End Points

10 thoughts on “The Crossposting God Series Part 5 – Myspace

  1. What I really want is an RSS feed for my friends’ status updates on Myspace so that I can import them into Twitter. Argh. Why does Myspace have to make things so difficult?

    Started using Ping.fm recently and I love it for updating my status across multiple platforms. Also love it for blogging.

  2. What I really want is an RSS feed for my friends' status updates on Myspace so that I can import them into Twitter. Argh. Why does Myspace have to make things so difficult?

    Started using Ping.fm recently and I love it for updating my status across multiple platforms. Also love it for blogging.

  3. I added the plugin but get this error:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class myspace in /home/kabaithr/public_html/wp-content/plugins/myspacecrossposter_v2_0a.php on line 76

    and this is what it says on line 76:

    class myspace {

    would you know what I need to modify? Any help would be very much appreciated!!!

  4. I stopped using this plugin awhile ago when I moved to using ping.fm (http://ping.fm) for my heavy crossposting needs. I do know that Myspace changed their methods for posting blog entries, so I’m not sure that plugin still works. It was not very updated back when I used it, I’m not sure it works with the latest wordpress revision.

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