Micro.blog

manton
manton

With the news that Tumblr is planning ActivityPub support, a quick reminder that you can already follow any Tumblr user from Micro.blog. Just enter someone.tumblr.com in Micro.blog’s Discover search! I use this for following a few artists and writers.

pratik
pratik

@manton I have had trouble following someone's RSS feed from Micro.blog. It has not worked for a couple of ones I have tried i.e., their posts don't show up on the timeline.

manton
manton

@pratik Email me the URLs when you have time. Doesn't work with all sites, but should work with anyone who has a personal blog.

jmuscara
jmuscara

@manton We were discussing this last week. I found that some people could not be followed and there were a couple of theories about that. I haven't tried them since to see if things had changed.

jmuscara
jmuscara

@manton reallyndacarter.tumblr.com and vancityreynolds.tumblr.com were two examples

sod
sod

@manton Looks like Tumblr host some (new?) blogs from subdirectories instead of subdomain. Try visiting vancityreynolds.tumblr.com, and you will notice a redirect to www.tumblr.com/vancityreynolds instead. With no RSS present. 😢

pratik
pratik

@manton Done.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@manton A question because I might be missing something, there is a lot of posts from people about using micro.blog for following various feeds. My biggest problem is that it's really hard to use micro.blog for following something (even micro.blog users) since you get the latest 40(?) posts and then I have to scroll back in the timeline. This could mean that I scroll backwards, click on a link to read something, close the web viewer, and micro.blog decides to update the timeline which means that I have to start over.

In fact, I use a feed reader to read the micro.blog timeline.

So I assume that I'm missing something, but what?

manton
manton

@jmuscara Well that's interesting... Looks like Tumblr changes something, but only for certain accounts... I can work around this.

manton
manton

@sod Yep. Luckily vancityreynolds.tumblr.com/rss does appear to exist, but there's no reference anywhere to it that I've noticed. Disappointing.

manton
manton

@jemostrom Not really missing anything. We plan to improve how the timeline position is reset.

jmuscara
jmuscara

@manton Cool, I look forward to it.

manton
manton

@jmuscara Fixed! Those Tumblr blogs should work now.

jmuscara
jmuscara

@manton Great! Though in the macOS app, I don't see the Follow links. I found them on the web version

torb
torb

@manton 🤯

rom
rom

@manton WHOA! Didn’t know this. THANKS THANKS.

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moonmehta
moonmehta

@manton So I’ve seen many people getting confused by this Micro.blog feature of essentially being able to follow any single person website, or straight up not knowing about it. I think that search should work with the https:// prefix too because most people will just copy-paste the URLs of these external sites, if at all, and not type the domains or remove the prefix. Right now Micro.blog only supports searching with the https:// prefix for Mastodon users, which is nice but also inconsistent.

manton
manton

@uncertainquark Good point, I'll adjust that.