Well, we finally got around to publishing our Squidoo Lens. Squidoo is a nice tool, and very user-friendly. We could have finished what we had started there quite some time ago with very little effort, but there have just been a lot of other things going on. The main reason that we decided to go ahead and put something out there now was so that we could test out our new Squidoo Task that posts a Link *form to your Squidoo Lens.
Setting up Squidoo credentials on your *forms Local Agent is slightly different for Squidoo because the tool allows you to create multiple sites, or Lenses as they are called on Squidoo. In order for any Squidoo-based Task to function, we not only need you to enter your username (your e-mail address on Squidoo) and your password, but also the name of the Lens to which you want your *form data posted:
Our version of posting a Link to Squidoo adds a new Squidoo Text module to your Lens and then maps the data from the Link *form to the fields available on the Text module. Unfortunately, Squidoo adds new modules to the bottom of the Lens, and we wanted our new content to appear at the top, so we had to add a step in the Task to reorder the modules to make that happen. During that process we discovered a shortcoming in the way in which the current version of the *forms Local Agent handles multiple valued form fields, so we opened up a Ticket to have that fixed. That correction should be included in the next release. In the meantime, we approached the problem in a different way to work around that issue.
Now that we have the Link *form working for Squidoo, we plan to use that Task as guide to provide support to other *forms such as the Text and Article forms. Who knows — maybe we’ll even throw in a little spintax version. So many possibilities; so little time …