I signed up for the kickstarter of micro.blog, it went live earlier this week.
Micro.blog is a new social network for independent microblogs.
Start a microblog today. Easy to publish, own your content, great cross-posting.
The service is very new and so far has changed and developed every day.
The idea is, you publish short posts, these are mirrored on micro.blog/yourusername via RSS. The posts can be from any RSS feed. You can get a micro.blog hosted blog at yourusername.micro.blog or use your own hosting.
The micro.blog iOS app will post to your micro.blog blog or your own WordPress blog. Or you can use your own system. There is a microblog bot that will post your posts on to Twitter too.
The difference between the hosted blog and your micro.blog/username stream is a mite confusing at the moment. I wonder if a different domain name might have helped.
Both the hosted blog and the twitter bot are paid for options. The docs make it clear that you can host your own and point to IFTTT as an alternative to the bot.
The system follows the indieweb principle of controlling your own content and sending it on to other spaces.
Replies on micro.blog to your posts are sent as webmentions to your own blog and show up as comments if you have the webmention plugin installed. I had that already to get twitter replies as comments.
I’ve added a new category here, micro. I’ve edited the blog to not have posts with this category show on the home page, they show on micro instead.
I set the micro.blog app to create posts with the status format in the micro category.
I turned off the jetpack social posting to Twitter function. I’ll manually post normal posts. I’ve set up a micro.blog bot to post to Twitter.
The service is very much a work in progress, and I’ve not really read the docs but I’ve noticed a few interesting things.
On is that the posts on micro.blog consist of descriptions with no titles. When you post form the app, you get a post on your blog without a title. A post with a title on your blog is posted as a link to micro.blog. With a post without out a title the description becomes the content of the micro.blog post.
That means you get lots of posts listed in your dashboard as ‘no title’. Since I didn’t like this I tried to auto add titles to posts without titles with a little Google-fu and some WordPress coding.
This worked out fine, except the posts on micro.blog consist of a title and a link, the tweet posted by the twitter bot is the same.
I am now looking to create a custom RSS feed without title. More googling ahead.
Alternatively I could use the code from Tweaks for micro.blog that adds dates as titles, micro.blog ignore these.
Or just learn to live with ‘no title’ posts in the dashboard.
Me on Micro.blog
Preparing for the microblog is a lot more coherent than this post if you are looking for setup advice.
I’ll post the code I’ve mentioned above at some point, it is pretty simple stuff.