Micro.blog

patrickrhone
patrickrhone

Random Thought spurred by @matthewlang: Maybe Signal should be the un-official DM service for Micro.blog.

JMaxB
JMaxB

@patrickrhone I'd love to be able to message people individually on micro.blog and think it could be built smoothly into the app. How about if posts beginning with @@name only appeared on @name's time-line? Thoughts, @jean?

Cheri
Cheri

@patrickrhone Sign me up. I’m new to Signal but I like it. 🙂

rnv
rnv

@patrickrhone Love this. A way to tie our Signal account to our M.b account @manton?

danj
danj

@patrickrhone This is a cool idea. And building different features with different tools (instead of as a monolithic silo) is very IndieWeb. 🤓

(Though I suppose the really IndieWeb solution would be us all running our own XMPP servers... 😂)

jean
jean

@JMaxB I defer to @manton. 😇

I like the idea of being able to message folks, but since Micro.blog is built on public blog posts, so we can’t offer private messaging without a major retooling of our capabilities in several aspects.

patrickrhone
patrickrhone

@jean FWIW, that’s why I floated this idea out as “unofficial”.

More of a “people like us use things like this” agreement between users. Organically started and grown like hashtags.

jthingelstad
jthingelstad

@rnv add to you contact page?

jean
jean

@patrickrhone I like this idea. I’m going to sign up for Signal and try it out. I don’t use What’s App or FB, but I can see this would be a cool use.

vishae
vishae

@jthingelstad not sure whether it’s such a good idea to have our phone numbers posted on our site like that though. Even an email address attract spammers.

rom
rom

@jean I use iMessage and Signal (for those friends using Android). ;)

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@patrickrhone INTERESTING! Never used signal but I'm open to the idea. I've struck up a couple of iMessage conversations with people from here but that is annoyingly Apple only.

maique
maique

@vishae Telegram has a nice way of handling this. You get a t.me/username URL you can share, and no one has access to your phone number.

maique
maique

@patrickrhone @vishae Update: read the support pages and there’s a new group feature where you get a link (or QR Code) for the group. Sharing that would give a way for people to join that group. Maybe that’s a way to get everyone on board without sharing phone numbers publicly.

cm
cm

@patrickrhone @maique @vishae I’d but up for a chat too. I’m on signal and telegram.

vishae
vishae

@maique that would be good, and i guess once on the group chat, it’d be easier to arrange DMs if needed.

maique
maique

@vishae Made this on a rush, I'm leaving soon and will be back in a few hours. Feel free to join, I'll add everyone as admin as soon as I can.

group link

maique
maique

@patrickrhone Made a group, shared it on a reply. Hope it’s ok. @cm @ChrisJWilson @rom @jean @jthingelstad @rnv @Cheri @danj @JMaxB

ohBananaJoe
ohBananaJoe

@patrickrhone nice idea. I joined @maique's Signal group

vishae
vishae

@maique thanks for doing that! Jumped on immediately.

patrickrhone
patrickrhone

@maique How do we connect up? Don’t we need to have each other’s phone numbers? (Mine: US 612-616-8633)

odd
odd

@patrickrhone I’m pro that.

odd
odd

@patrickrhone I’m always amazed by Amazon’s logic: If you like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, maybe you’ll like “OLW Cheese Doodles”?

patrickrhone
patrickrhone

@odd I'm finding Apple's recommendations to be far more accurate. That said, they have much deeper info about my listening habits through 20 years of iTunes use.

maique
maique

@ohBananaJoe It’s everyone’s group 😊

maique
maique

@vishae There was a need, and I had spare time and also wanted to try this out. I’m the one thanking you for the idea.

odd
odd

@patrickrhone Yes, they are pretty good, although I use Spotify for music now. I like how much better the predictive text on iPhones has become lately. It makes it a lot easier for me to type in English.

Portufraise
Portufraise

@maique Joined too!

ReaderJohn
ReaderJohn

@patrickrhone unlike @Cheri, I’ve had Signal for a long time and like it, but not a lot of my friends use it. I like your idea.

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vishae
vishae

@maique I just realised a solution to the “not wanting to share our phone number for Signal” problem. You created a micro.blog group and shared the group link, but technically we can each create our own “Welcome” group, and post that link on our individual “Contact me” page. We can even set the group’s membership to “approval required” to filter out spammers. Once someone has “made contact” you can even delete them out of the welcome group.

maique
maique

@vishae That is a great idea, it would solve the issue. Adding it to my contact page.

jean
jean

@maique @vishae This makes a lot of sense. I made a group and now can share the link. Brilliant.

Cheri
Cheri

@vishae That’s a smart idea! Thanks for sharing.

wakemp
wakemp

@vishae Thanks for figuring this out!

cm
cm

@vishae Thanks for digging into this. Really helpful!