Three Autostraddle-Related Tech Tips For Gaying Up Your Internet

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Hello all, Ali here—we happen to have a magic tech unicorn on staff named Cee. And collectively, you all and we all ask Cee a lot of questions. Here are the answers to a few questions that get asked over and over again that we thought you might appreciate. The more you know!


Tip #1: You want to get an email each time there’s a new post on Autostraddle

Several readers and some staff have asked me how they can get an email when there’s a new post on Autostraddle. I recommend using IFTTT for this, and I published a recipe for you all to use.

IFTTT is a great free service to link different web things together. Ali wrote a great article explaining it if you are unfamiliar.

Go ahead and add this recipe:

IFTTT Recipe: Get an email when new posts are up on Autostraddle.com connects feed to email


Tip #2: You want an Autostraddle App

And so many more people have asked for an Autostraddle app! Most of you want to be able to read our articles without having to open your browsers and type in the address, etc. I get it! Unfortunately writing an app would take me hundreds of hours, and the process to get it into the apple store is quite difficult and a pain. And that doesn’t even include Android.

Instead, I can show you how to put an icon on your home screen which can save you some time.

Android:

android step 1

Open up your browser and go to autostraddle.com

android step 2

Tap the little menu at the top and select “Add to homescreen”

android step 3

Name it whatever you want

android step 4

You’re done!

iOS:

Open up your browser and go to autostraddle.com. At the bottom menu, tap the middle "share" icon.

Open up your browser and go to autostraddle.com. At the bottom menu, tap the middle “share” icon.

Tap the "Add to Home Screen" icon

Tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon

Name it whatever you want

Name it whatever you want

You're done!

You’re done!


Tip #3: You want to make sure we’re getting the referral fee on Amazon when you buy stuff, but keep forgetting to click through the site first

Autostraddle can get a small referral fee on purchases if you click through to Amazon from our site through their affiliate program. This is one of the ways we pay for our server hosting fees and the like.

I found a few extensions which automatically append the tag to the Amazon URL, without having to go through our site first. So if you install these extensions in your browser, and buy things on Amazon, you’re helping us without even really doing anything!

Chrome:

  1. Right click on this custom Autostraddle extension and “Save Link As”. Don’t regular click on it because Chrome will give you a security warning. I promise I’m not going to haxx0r your computar.
  2. Go to Chrome > Preferences > Extensions (or type the shortcut chrome://extensions/ in your URL bar).
  3. Drag the file you downloaded onto that extensions page and install it!
  4. Note for Windows users: you may get a security message that this extension was disabled because it’s not from the Chrome store. Unfortunately if that happens we can’t do anything, and you can either use Firefox or try to remember to click through the site first.

Firefox:

Install Affiliatefox, then in Tools > Add-ons > Extensions > AffiliateFox > Preferences, add in the affiliate code autowin-20 to all the boxes.

Safari:

Install Affiliatizer, then go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions and type in autowin-20 in all the boxes except amazon.ca which is autostraddle-20, and amazon.co.uk which is autostraddle-21.


This has been the one-hundred-thirteenth installment of  Queer Your Tech with Fun, Autostraddle’s nerdy tech column. Not everything we cover is queer per se, but we talk about customizing this awesome technology you’ve got. Having it our way, expressing our appy selves just like we do with our identities. Here we can talk about anything from app recommendations to choosing a wireless printer to web sites you have to favorite to any other fun shit we can do with technology. Header by Rory Midhani. You bet I got that feature image off of YouTube.

I'm the tech director for Autostraddle, which means I oversee all the tech-related stuff and do anything from coding the website to keeping the servers online. I also enjoy finding ways technology can make it easier for our writers to work. Apart from Autostraddle, I really enjoy making things, breaking things and then fixing them again, taking pictures, getting outside, making food, working on my house and garden, and travel. They/them.

Cee has written 16 articles for us.

44 Comments

    • That’s a good question – I’m guessing it works the same way as Android, but I don’t have an iOS device to test. Is there a menu system in Chrome with an option to add to home screen?

      • no. i just googled it because i realized that would probably answer my question, and it looks like that part of the system (idk i don’t computer???) isn’t available to developers so no non-apple app can do it. so i switched to safari. because i love autostraddle and because i’m trying to reduce the number of apps on my phone, anyway.

  1. I have the amazon link bookmarked on my desktop and android. I make sure to find all my stuff on amazon first. When my computer went on the fritz i even asked people in the fb group to post it so I wouldnt lose it again.

  2. The extension got disabled after restarting Chrome – it says, “it’s because one or more of your extensions have been turned off to make Chrome safer. The extensions didn’t come from the Chrome Web Store or were installed without your permission.” (support page)

    Any workarounds?

  3. I’m subscribed to new posts through WordPress. I checked the little box below the comment box that says “Notify me of new posts by email.” I’m curious why you didn’t mention that; does not everyone see it? But my partner and I were just talking yesterday about the death of RSS feeds and how hard it is to keep up with multiple sites now; sounds like IFTTT might be a good solution to that.

    And I super appreciate the affiliate extension! I will definitely use it!

    • You must have an account to comment and see that ‘notify me’ checkbox, and you must be submitting a comment for the checkbox to do anything. There are tons of readers who don’t have accounts or don’t comment. And I also thought it would be good to show people how to do this with ifttt so they can use it for other things too.

      I’m so glad you’ll use the extension!

  4. Request to move the ‘see entire article on one page’ button to the top of a post? I always scroll, then go for the full thing, then have to find my way back through what ive already read. Either that or scroll all the way down and accidentally read spoilers before reading the full article.

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