Follow – Social Media Integration

Follow is a great little (10kb) module that gives you a quick and dirty way to show how to connect to your social media sites. The mod gives you a nice icon for the service (there are a bunch that can be used off the shelf, FB, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr…. about 15?) and allows you to put a bit of text by the link. It can be displayed with Panels – that is key. Forget Blocks and go with Panels. Good module! Here is a SS of how I implemented it.


Twitter, Oauth and Search

Well, I believe that Twitter integration is the last big piece to be put into place before I start theming. I also want to try to have search simplified. Here is the problem:

Much of my data comes in from RSS feeds. These pieces of content are searchable through Views all day long but they are not indexed under the same engine as other content via the core search function. Now Feeds will pull RSS feeds in a way where each is a node and that would allow me to do that. But I don’t like what I saw from Feeds in terms of categorizing content from a bunch of rss items. and I have a lot of them around 100 a day at least. So I need to keep looking.

But the searches can be done in Views by exposing the Body field and the operator for the search. But it means having more than one way to search. and that is a pain.