Enhanced nIFTTTy Scheduler – now at V6

new controls: add 5 mins, subtract 5 mins and how many to schedule

We’ve made two major enhancements in this version and one minor one.

Minor enhancements

The minor ones are a couple of buttons to add and subtract 5 minutes to the timeslots set by any of the other buttons (or as set manually by you). It’s there to make it easier for you to get small variations in the timeslots and so give you finer control over when your pins / shares are made.

Of course, it’s still up to IFTTT as to when it does the checking of your applet…

You can press it as many times as you want – but make sure the last timeslot doesn’t move to the following day.

Major enhancements

The first is the much easier way we’ve given you to tell the scheduler how many you want to pin / share from your selection.

The help for that is shown below.

help for the new feature

The second major enhancement we’ve made is in the way nIFTTTy selects products for pinning / sharing (for anything but collections).

Before, nIFTTTy pinned / shared products in the same order that they appeared in the results given by Zazzle. The disadvantage to that was particularly obvious on Pinterest. You see, as various seasonal occasions approach, everyone tends to set up schedules using the same criteria in Nifty – popular Halloween stuff, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, Valentine’s Day and so on.

Not just seasonal but for popular selection like weddings, birthdays and so on.

As a result, everyone’s Pinterest boards looked similar.

So this enhancement has been designed to sort this out. Now, everyone gets a different random list of numbers (based on their referral id) for their schedules and it’s this list that gets used to choose the next product to pin / share. Remember, this is for everything but collections.

In this way, the scheduler will jump about randomly, picking the next product to pin / share from your selection each time, and no–one will get the same order as anyone else. Pinterest boards will now be very different for each Nifty user, even though they might choose the same selection criteria for what to schedule.

Another great advantage comes when you’re pulling by newest first from a store. The random jump-about means you’re much more likely to get different designs rather than the same old design scheduled one after the other. Pretty cool, huh?

We hope you like the end results!

Zazzle speed-sharer improved with hashtags made from product tags

screenshot showing the hashtags generated from the product type and the product's first 5 tags

We’ve tweaked the speed sharer so that it offers you hashtags created from the first 5 tags of the product currently on view.

It also tries to extract the product name and make a hashtag out of that. This fails when the designer has added the product name to the title instead of letting Zazzle add it automatically. It also fails for the “Create your own” products that Zazzle provides.

Next planned tweak

We’re still not very happy about the text that is auto-generated at the start of that copy area, so we’ll be looking at improving that next.

Edited to add: That’s done now 🙂

New tutorial added for free WordPress Blog owners

If you’re an owner of a free WordPress blog, you’ll know that it’s really hard to make posts that help to promote your Zazzle store’s designs.

That’s all changed now with (some) support for them added to Nifty. What’s this support? Nifty now makes it easy to share product grid sharer pages on them, with a really attractive image automatically generated form the first five products in the grid.

If you want one for your free WordPress blog, follow this tutorial and never look back.

Want to see one in action? Have a look at this (opens in new window)

New multi-product sharing image for Product Grid Sharer

We’ve updated Nifty and the Product Grid Sharer so, when you share to pinterest, facebook and twitter, you get an image made up of the first five products from the grid. It’s a bit like the image you get when sharing a collection directly from Zazzle.

We’ll give it a chance for any bugs to surface before doing the same for the Slideshow Sharer.

We’ve chosen an image proportion that works on Twitter and Facebook, and one with a vertical format for Pinterest.

Here’s what it looks like on each:

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest


Nasap – the new Nifty tool on the block

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We’ve had to withdraw this tool – IFTTT refused to play nicely with the approach we used. The random selection that made sure everyone shared different products just didn’t work out properly and very little was actually being shared after a handful of days.

To those of you who tried it, we’re sorry it ended up this way.

You can leave your exisiting pins / tweets / shares. They’re all fine and may actually lead to success in the “long tail” – ie over a period of a few months or longer. See Wikipedia’s entry for long tail.