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manton
manton

New web feature that @vincent has been working on, via the news blog:

Hover the mouse over someone’s profile photo to get a quick look at their full name, bio, web site, and link to follow them.

This is especially useful in Discover if you want to quickly follow someone new.

samgrover
samgrover

@manton This is very cool. Once again y'all are taking the best of social media while avoiding the worst.

Miraz
Miraz

@manton Nice!

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@manton Very nice. Thank you @vincent

pimoore
pimoore

@manton @vincent Oh this is really great, thank you both for your work on this!

JoeCotellese
JoeCotellese

@manton cool. The first thing I tried was a long press on profile photo in mobile app. A pop up there would be cool.

pratik
pratik

@manton Great addition.

manton
manton

@JoeCotellese Thanks! Yeah, we'll have to think about the best way to handle this on mobile.

SimonWoods
SimonWoods

@manton @vincent Oh that's clever. I can't believe such a dangerous feature made it past App Review.

JMaxB
JMaxB

@manton I noticed and appreciated it. Thanks!

cdevroe
cdevroe

@manton For those testing this feature on this conversation thread... feel free to hover and follow! :-)

Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@manton From the point of view of an ex web designer. Idea: Cool. Implementation: Poor. (lol sorry) The semi-transparency is terrible. It takes a long time for this window to come up. As a user, I don't expect that. And it only goes away again when I click outside (that's debatable). @vincent

Can I help you with the design and user experience?

Miraz
Miraz

@cdevroe @manton Speaking of which: a similar thing on the Conversation link would be enormously useful! Then we could take a quick glance at the conversation without actually needing to click the link.

manton
manton

@Mandalorian @vincent What browser are you using? The transparency looks good here, but maybe a personal preference... We're working on making it faster too and already rolled out one change that should help. We'll probably tweak a little after it gets some more use.

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Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@manton

Firefox 102.0.1 / Windows 10

manton
manton

@Mandalorian Ah ha! This looks like a Firefox issue because it's missing the background blur. It's much more readable in Safari/Chrome. This is something we can work on, thanks.

Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@manton Me and my absolutely safe and awesome niche products...

pratik
pratik

@Mandalorian It's not that transparent at my end (Safari). It's more like transclucent (frosted glass) and looks nice.

darby3
darby3

@manton @Mandalorian FWIW I'm getting the blur in Firefox...103. πŸ˜† (I thought for sure it had looked worse this morning, than it did this afternoon...!)

warner
warner

@manton dissenting opinion: this is an impressive flex but unnecesary departure from minimalist / slow social-media.
A balancing feature could be to allow Follow only Article length posts (or at least filter Timeline for that). Would make a high-follow-count Timeline slightly more digestible. Til then I'll keep just commenting on Discover.

maique
maique

@manton Thank you, and thank you @vincent. Working great in Safari. Mobile would be great, but turned on the laptop just to check this, and it looks really cool.

vincent
vincent

@Mandalorian I stopped reading at "Cool." 🀣

Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@vincent πŸ˜‚

vincent
vincent

@Mandalorian BTW... have you tried using the latest version of Firefox? I mean I am only a dev... but it's working here in 103 now 🀣 cc/ @manton - I actually just opened a PR for this too. Funny.

Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@vincent actually... yes. After checking my version and posting the screenshot I saw the post by @darby3. Then I checked the version again, saw that there's an update waiting and after that @manton had already fixed it by updating the Micro.blog css files. Um, sorry, what I wanted to say is... Mozilla added some crazy css hacks. Maybe. Anyway.

vincent
vincent

@Mandalorian There was a long open issue with Firefox to enable it by default since they added support (behind feature flags) in verion 70 (or 73) onwards. They were waiting for WebRender (or something like this) to catch up with different machine configs and anti-aliasing. So I guess 103 is the one!

Mandalorian
Mandalorian

@vincent they just waited for me.

vincent
vincent

@darby3 Yeah, they finally enabled it in 103 πŸ₯³

vincent
vincent

@cdevroe I've added it to the convo screen now! Should be deployed now.

darby3
darby3

@vincent Coooool. πŸ˜€

Lynessence
Lynessence

@manton Interesting, how would you make that feature accessible for those of us who do not use a mouse?,

cdevroe
cdevroe

@vincent πŸ‘

yury_mol
yury_mol

@manton I like the idea of this window but I see it opening on itself even if I just scroll through a converation without mousing over anyone's name or photo. The mouse is just over their comment. This is happening in the latest Edge and Safari.

yury_mol
yury_mol

@jameskoole @manton checked a bit more. It's isolated to the Converation view and seems to happen because the div with the user_name takes up the entire column and the window activation is tied to it, not the < a> link.

manton
manton

@yury_mol @jameskoole Ah, you're right. We'll get this fixed.

ridwan
ridwan

@manton Ahhh! I like it. It's awesome! @vincent

amit
amit

@manton This is great. Brilliant addition πŸ‘πŸ½ Kudos @vincent

manton
manton

@Lynessence Wanted to follow up on this question I had missed... We're discussing if this can be more accessible (as well as some other overdue accessibility improvements on the web).

Lynessence
Lynessence

@manton I'd be happy to help. I have found the web experience to be great so far, but maybe there are certain features I don't know I am missing?