I like what The New York Times does with their side-by-side impeachment video and analysis, which is essentially a live microblog. In M.b we experimented with highlighting WWDC-related posts this year, and I’d love to expand that with live updates.
@manton I was somewhat randomly thinking about a related issue the other day. It would be useful sometimes for how I blog if there were a built-in way to post an update to a blog post other than editing the post, e.g. maybe if I replied to one of my own blog posts here in the social feed, it gets added as an update on the original post, with its own timestamp. Something like that would also work if one person was liveblogging (though I guess it still “spams” the social feed).
@manton This might be overcomplicating the matter but maybe either an author would have a toggle to only post the update to the blog post not the social feed, or maybe followers could have a setting (like the “show all replies?” setting) to not see these sorts of update!replies. I don’t know, I’m not awake yet.
@manton I like the direction this conversation is taking. I wouldn't want to spam my MB feed necessarily with a live blog, but there are times, like when attending a conference or event, where that would come in handy. On Twitter, I tend to just use a hashtag so people that are not interested can easily filter it out or can temporarily muffle me. If we had a similar way for people to somehow skip over the posts in MB, I'd probably live blog a lot more. Another idea might be a special post type, maybe a "story post" or something similar: the idea being that the user creates one post of this type and then somehow can add additional micro updates to it. DURING the updates and after completion the entire thing would be essentially one post with the micro updates being time stamped. This might be a challenge to implement from a UI perspective, but essentially, it's the equivalent of publishing a post and then updating it multiple times, each update being time stamped. However this might come to fruition, I like the idea of live micro blogging and think it'd fill a niche the other platforms haven't quite mastered.
@SteveSawczyn You and are are on the same track with suggesting how to do this. I really do think that with a combination of "author marks a new post as a liveblog" and “follower has show/mute liveblogs setting”, updating a liveblog as the author could be as simple as replying to one's own initial post. (But then I am not a coder and it'd all be @manton’s job, so…)
@bix Exactly. Replying to the original post has the advantage that no UI changes would be needed for any of the clients and it'd be especially easy to do on the mobile clients. The trick would be appending, or prepending the replies to the original post and hiding them from the MB feed. A challenge for sure, but I have faith in @manton, no pressure of course. :)
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