topgold
topgold

@gr36 if seeking someone on standard MB try @theirhandle@micro.blog

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sod
sod

@gr36 @topgold Currently, I think the easiest way is by appending this query parameter to the end of their Micro.blog profile URL: ?remote_follow=1. Then, a form for following the person will appear. Example: https://micro.blog/manton?remote_follow=1.

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vincent
vincent

@sod Thinking perhaps there should be a toggle, or dropdown, on the profile page.

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maique
maique

@gr36 Using the remote thing @sod mentioned I did a tiny shortcut where I select the M.b name here, open the shortcut from the share sheet, it loads the page and you can follow straight from there. I’d share it, but you can probably create it faster than it would take me to do that.

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sod
sod

@vincent Yeah, that's a good idea. Potentially, there are multiple ways to follow a fellow Micro.blogger: on the Micro.blog timeline, via webfeeds (RSS), newsletter, and ActivityPub.

All the above should be identifiable automatically for Micro.blog-hosted blogs and could be presented on the person's profile page. And maybe one should be able to add additional options?

For someone visiting a profile, it could look something like this mockup. Here, I imagine the visitor just tapped the More… button:

Mockup of a Micro.blog profile page for a person with the handle @downnorth with Follow and More buttons. The More button is active, and a drop-down menu is shown. It shows five links: Subscribe to Newsletter, Follow on Mastodon, Subscribe to Webfeed (RSS), Mute @downnorth, and Report a ToS Concern.

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sod
sod

@maique Nice! Shortcuts are perfect for creating small, helpful tools like that.

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sod
sod

@gr36 Yep! New Micro.blog accounts have ActivityPub enabled by default, but if the person you want to follow registered before October 2022, they have to enable it manually.

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vincent
vincent

@sod Manton added the Mastodon username, if set, next to the profile username. So if you check mine, you'll see it. This is a good interim solution that doesn't require the query string.

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vincent
vincent

@sod Also super appreciate the mockup!

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vincent
vincent

@gr36 Manton added the Mastodon username, if set, next to the profile username on the profile page. So if you check mine, you'll see it.

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vincent
vincent

@maique Manton added the Mastodon username, if set, next to the profile username on the profile page. So if you check mine, you'll see it.

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yatil
yatil

@vincent It doesn’t show for me, neither logged-in or logged-out. Screenshot: share.cleanshot.com/OAoKqm8AE...

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maique
maique

@vincent Cool, he has indeed, just checked, and it's there.

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vincent
vincent

@yatil I can see what happened. As we're running MB on several servers, I think one of them hasn't received this change for some reason. Will deploy an update later today. Thanks for the catch!

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yatil
yatil

@vincent Ah, cool. No biggie. It’s fun to see these edge cases with activity pub especially. (But of course it is more fun if you are not responsible fixing them 😂)

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vincent
vincent

@yatil I deployed the change to the missing server. It'll show up at some stage today, think my page is cached now 🤣😭 Yeah, fun few days for sure!

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yatil
yatil

@vincent I can see it now! Thanks!

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pratik
pratik

@vincent Is this for everyone that have activated their ActivityPub? I don't see mine on my profile.

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maique
maique

@pratik Just checked, it's there. "pratik@microblog.pratikmhatre.com"

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vincent
vincent

@pratik yes, for anyone that enabled it. Seems another server didn’t pick up on the change. So will check which one and get it deployed. Sometimes it’s hidden depending on the server 😋

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pratik
pratik

@vincent See it now. Thanks! BTW minor quibble - shouldn't there be an '@' also in front of the Mastodon handle?

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moonmehta
moonmehta

@vincent How do I remove the Mastodon listing from my Micro.blog profile without disabling the Mastodon integration? I have a separate Mastodon account which I crosspost to from Micro.blog, and so I'd very much prefer directing people there if at all.

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vincent
vincent

@uncertainquark Good question and I think I know the answer to this, which is simply just resetting the compatible username here if you have cross-posting set up for your individual feeds to you other Mastodon username - it shouldn't affect the cross-posting.

However, I would send an email to help@micro.blog to double check, Manton will get back to you.

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moonmehta
moonmehta

@vincent That seems to have worked, thanks!

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vincent
vincent

@uncertainquark Cool! Happy it did 👍

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