@jack I agree with you here. I’ve been personally debating how I want to go about things between my main site and micro.blog, as to what I post where. I’m getting back to posting photo posts on Micro.blog, but I see link posts as something which can go either place. My feeling is if the commentary is brief, I see no reason that couldn’t be on Micro.blog.
@jack Siegler tends to be willfully ignorant when it suits his point of view/argument. I lost track of the number of times we had to correct his basic facts about Camino when he covered us (as in, our project leads repeatedly reaching out to him, pointing his errors and the facts/sources to back up their erroneousness). And yet, the next article, same story….
That said, one thing I had forgotten from my infrequent use of data-capitalist social networks is how overwhelmingly busy they are. Hundreds and hundreds of things on the page competing for your attention (most of them garbage). Micro.blog’s simple, text-and-images-focused design and layout is a balm for the eyes and the brain; I’ll take that spartan any day!
@dhe I’m not sure I would like that. I rather enjoy seeing more personal photos / text appearing in my feed. Pulling in news photos would change the nature of this beastie, in my opinion. As it is I’m less enamoured of posts on here that are simply links to other websites, without any other personal impression. But that’s just me. :)
@dhe I know what you mean about figuring out where it fits in! I have also tried to mentally place it among all the different platforms. For me it feels like something old, but new at the same time: an old-fashioned blog hub, where people can post longer pieces and then continue on the discussion with replies, etc. Or small snippets, that for many people seem to accrete into something larger (running logs, photo series, books read, etc.) There’s still the feed element, which does feel “newsy”, but again there’s still that personal element that sets it apart from many of the others, which seem to have become the domains of professional sites. To me micro.blog has a wilful-naivety in that it’s trying to keep something of that 90s-internet feel, when we all still liked talking to each other but just did it online. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, hehe. That’s also quite likely. :)
@nitinkhanna @jack Interesting, I think I had missed this blog post. Lack of post types is intentional: we could add them, but Micro.blog already knows when (for example) a post contains a photo. Removing friction and choices when starting a new post is really important to me. I'm hoping the new categories support will give enough structure for people who really want it.
@manton I don’t know about the new categories support. I know you’ve made some changes recently. Will check it out. But yeah, it’s important to keep things simple for the end user. There is so much hidden functionality below the surface that it’s amazing.
Still, does this mean you’re not doing a good job of evangelizing the massive potential of micro.blog through adequate documentation or on-boarding?