Add tools to DiRT by tweeting

The DiRT directory is pleased to announce the launch of a new feature that lets anyone add a tool stub page by tweeting. Stub pages just contain a tool name, URL, and the Twitter handle of the submitter. They don’t appear as part of the normal tool listings until more metadata has been filled in, either by DiRT editors or community volunteers, but they can be viewed on DiRT’s new “Twitter submissions” page.

To submit a tool to DiRT via Twitter, just tweet the tool name and URL at @dirtdirectory with the hashtag #dhtool. (Example: @dirtdirectory Palladio #dhtool). Within a few minutes, DiRT will create a stub page for the tool.

If you have a few minutes to spare, consider adding some metadata to a tool on the Twitter submissions page so it can be added to the main tool listings! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log into DiRT
  2. Go to the Twitter submissions page, and click on a submitted tool
  3. Click the “edit” button on the tool’s profile
  4. Copy the Twitter-shortened URL in the description field. Open that URL in a new browser tab, and copy the real URL for the tool.
  5. Put the real URL for the tool in the “website” field.
  6. Delete the Twitter-shortened URL from the description field, and write a short description of the tool. Fill in as many of the fields as you can (cost, license, etc.)
  7. Assign the tool to one or more of the TaDiRAH categories.
  8. Save.

Once the tool profile has its correct URL in the “website” field, a description, and at least one TaDiRAH category, it will appear on the site with the rest of the tool listings.

Next time you hear about a new tool on Twitter, be sure to share it with DiRT!

Note: This is the sixth in a series of announcements about new features and developments for the DiRT directory, which will continue all next week. We've previously covered our affiliation with centerNet, integration with DHCommons, Spanish translation work, tool reviews, and export options and API. Check back the rest of this week for more "dirt" on DiRT!