Micro.blog

pratik
pratik

@manton I added the feed for my Blot blog to the feeds section and made a test post. But it has not shown up in my M.B timeline yet. It's been nearly 1.5 hours. Anything that I'm missing?

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@pratik I'm favoriting this in aticipation and for future reference.

pratik
pratik

@pratik @manton @crossingthethreshold Never mind. It did pick it up. The time zone setting on Blot wasn’t right so it was posted lower down my timeline 🤦🏽‍♂️

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@crossingthethreshold @pratik

should I be adding you both here?

pratik
pratik

@JohnPhilpin Sure! I’m still figuring things out on my Blot. Use my first name only please.

manton
manton

@pratik Ah, glad you figured it out!

Mattfinlayson
Mattfinlayson

@pratik I’m having the same issue with delay but I don’t think it’s time zone related ...

pratik
pratik

@Mattfinlayson I’ve been told sometimes it may take 30 mins or so.

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@JohnPhilpin I'm not there yet. I'll let you know when. Finding time to prune and transfer an old site. Thanks for checking in and asking.

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@pratik Thank you for copying me in on this. Something for me to look out for down the line.

pratik
pratik

@manton Currently, M.B displays only the title followed by a link to my @blot post. How do I display the full post? I understand it may truncate after 280 chars. and that's fine for me. David tells me it looks fine at Blot's end.

Blot
Blot

@pratik @manton This is the feed for reference: jot.pratikmhatre.com/feed.rss

simonwoods
simonwoods

@pratik For which post did this happen? Or is the post now hidden/gone?

pratik
pratik

@simonwoods For all my posts that M.B. pulled from my Blot feed when I added it yesterday. Can't attach a screenshot for an example but this post jot.pratikmhatre.com/fostering...

simonwoods
simonwoods

@pratik OK cool. So if we're talking about how Micro.blog displays this post in the timeline (which I assume) then this is simply how Micro.blog works, per the timeline display rules.

Or are you talking about how Micro.blog displays the post somewhere else?

pratik
pratik

@simonwoods Got it. Nope, I meant on Micro.blog. Guess that's ok. There was some conversation on M.B about how people don't tend to click thru on such posts so people tend to re-link to the same posts with a better description. In my case, replies to the latter don't generate webmentions on my blog but they will to the former. Anyway, not a big deal though.

simonwoods
simonwoods

@pratik Oh that would be a good idea; like, related webmentions going to a single source... maybe it's already been done or somebody is working on it. Definitely worth considering in an effort to make it easier for people to see longer posts and capture the conversations around them.

manton
manton

@pratik @blot If you have short posts you want to include in the timeline, just leave the title blank. But for those longer posts, it links the title instead of showing a truncated version of the text. Too many truncated posts would start to look messy in the timeline, in my opinion.

pratik
pratik

@simonwoods From what I've seen, unless you move your microblog also to Blot, it will be split. And in view of my no-tinkering-anymore pledge, I don't have plans to do that now. But if M.B. does something in the meantime, I'll be glad.

pratik
pratik

@manton @blot I agree re: messy. Unless M.B. picks up the teaser (when specified) instead of the title and then appends the link. Personally, I prefer those short descriptive posts with the link embedded within a phrase of the text. Not sure how that can be done on M.B. unless that's how we style the teaser too.

manton
manton

@pratik Thanks. JSON Feed has a "summary" field that could in theory be used for this, but it's not widely supported and M.b ignores it. There is already a lot of confusion around external feeds so I'm hesitant to add any more complexity for them.

pratik
pratik

@manton No worries. I can always manually link to posts. That way, I can be more selective too.

amit
amit

@pratik I have a workaround for getting the replies to "re-link to the same posts with a better description" on micro.blog as webmentions. Just make that relink short post as a reply to the original title only post on micro.blog. So replies to the short posts are in a way replies to the longer post as the short post itself is a reply :)

I use this at rare occasions, but I also use blot for my microposts.

pratik
pratik

@amit That’s brilliant. I wonder if I can remove the @ part before posting. I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

joshsullivan
joshsullivan

@pratik @amit you can remove the @ mention of yourself and it still shows up as a conversation, here’s an example.

pratik
pratik

@joshsullivan @amit woo hoo! Thanks!

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@pratik done

pratik
pratik

@JohnPhilpin Thanks, John. BTW the 'resources' section on that page helped me a ton in clarifying certain questions I had about code used in Blot so thanks also for compiling those.

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@pratik i just add links - it is the brains trust of micro blog that are the real heroes … but will continue to add as I find more.