Let's talk about: Discover

On Micro.blog you can get an idea of what’s happening across the platform by taking a look at Discover; the curated hub of posts, all of which are highlighted by a mixture of hand-picked choices and automated filters, and presented as timelines and feeds.

You can access the timelines on the web, in the iOS and Mac apps, and via JSON feed.

Let’s explore Discover.

To have your posts appear in the automated filters, simply include a relevant emoji in said posts and it will appear in the filtered timeline:

Screenshot of a short post in the New Post editor, in the Micro.blog web app, including the microphone emoji.

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Whether on the web or in the app you need to access Discover via the section’s main timeline. Look for the tab to load the timeline:

Screenshot of the timeline in the Micro.blog web app, highlighting the Discover tab link.

Screenshot of the timeline in the Micro.blog iOS app, highlighting the Discover tab link.

Now you can see the main Discover section, down which you can scroll to find the highlighted posts:

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog web app.

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog iOS app.

Next, let’s look at filters, represented by emoji to become what we sometimes call “tagmoji”. They are at the top of the page:

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog web app, highlighting the emoji menu.

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog iOS app, highlighting the row of emoji links.

Select the emoji you want to load the relevant section, wherein posts including that emoji can be found:

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog web app, filtered for the basketball emoji.

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog iOS app, filtered for the basketball emoji.

Another option is to use search, which can be found at the top of the page:

Screenshot of the Discover timeline in the Micro.blog web app, highlighting the search link.

Screenshot of the timeline in the Micro.blog iOS app, highlighting the search link.

Type in the search bar, using either a name to find people or any word to find previously featured posts:

Screenshot of the search results page for 'puppy' in the Micro.blog web app.

Screenshot of the search results page for 'puppy' in the Micro.blog iOS app.

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There are other ways to use Discover, the first of which is via JSON feed; you can access the main section and the filters this way:

  • Main section: micro.blog/posts/discover/feed.xml
  • Filters: micro.blog/posts/discover/[FILTER-NAME]feed.xml

The emoji can also be found in two directories:

  • The document in Help: Emoji in Discover.
    • This is also where you will find the special sections of Discover, separated since they are for specific events (for example: NaNoWriMo) or because they are filtered in a different way to the rest of the tagmoji.
  • The original directory: Discover Tagmoji.
    • Made and maintained by Jason Burk, this page includes suggestions from the community for new filters.

Discover is available to non-members and members alike, can be used in the official apps, and is available to third-party developers for their apps. It is updated once or twice per day by Jean or Manton, and the web app currently has the most comprehensive version of this part of the platform, specifically regarding the emoji menu and full search results.

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This publicly available part of the platform is good for both non-members and members, providing insight into the community and further access to the people within.

With Discover you can find other people with similar interests or simply get involved with one-off conversations about any number of subjects, whilst you can also catch up on news and information regarding the lives of people, the things they make and are doing.

There we have it; that’s Discover. Now you know what to do and how to do it.

Links

Noted: 20th March, 2019

Here is what’s been happening elsewhere:

  • Gluon, by Vincent Ritter
    • The iOS beta received a big update in the form of push notifications, which look promising based on Vincent’s latest blogging; it’s particularly satisfying to see an opinionated approach wherein the notifications are delayed rather than instant. Other than that he has been asking for feedback on a couple of ideas as development continues at a steady pace.
  • Indigenous, by Kristof De Jaeger
    • You can now share posts along with quoted text, whilst Upload is also available via the Write menu, and additions were made to the info section (README) on GitHub.
  • MarsEdit, by Daniel Jalkut
    • Support for Hosted sites now includes showing post-modified dates, whilst a number of other fixes and interface improvements have been made. It is also now possible to resize animated GIFs while preserving animation.

You can see more about third-party updates on the Elsewhere page and every month in The Macro Report, as well as more about third-party development in general on the Links page.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  • Go to the web app ->
  • Select Plans ->
  • Select Give Micro.blog.

Tracked: 14th March, 2019

This the latest set of updates for bugs and issues across Micro.blog:

  • Numbered List Syntax: When using numbers for a list in the web app, they appear to be supported in the editor but are ignored when parsed to your hosted blog and on the timeline.

  • Keyboard Shortcuts Missing: The Mac app does not support a number of commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

  • Own Account Counted in Following: When checking the Following list of an account, the same account is counted as if following itself even after following that account.

  • Post Action Pop-Up Disappears: When tapping longer posts in the timeline, the pop-up for actions (reply, etc) is obscured above the message rather than appearing on top of it.

  • Repeated Timeline Sections: When loading the timeline, some posts are repeated to look as if the post chronology is mixed. The repeated posts do not respond to taps.

  • Archive for WordPress Opens Incorrectly: When opening an Archive download in WordPress format, the system opens the News app due to the .rss extension therein.

  • Long Words Do Not Wrap: When using a long word, the Hosted sites – at least with the Marfa theme – do not wrap them and so the letters disappear off the screen.

  • No Home Link on Archive: The Archive page on Hosted sites does not include the link back to the Home page as it does on other pages.

  • No Yearly Subscription Link: There is no link in the account settings for switching to the yearly subscription plan.

You can report bugs and get help using Slack, GitHub, email, and the @help account.

Noted: 11th March, 2019

Here is what’s been happening elsewhere:

  • Gluon, by Vincent Ritter
    • A big update came to core functionality in the form of replying. Further progress has been made on some of the main sections of the app, including settings for appearance and the design of profiles.

You can see more about third-party updates on the Elsewhere page and every month in The Macro Report, as well as more about third-party development in general on the Links page.

Enjoy your week!

TIP: If you’re on the web and looking for other apps to post with, take a look below the editor on the New Post page and you’ll see a link list of options available on a variety of devices and platforms.

TIP: You can see from where the themes available for Hosted sites originate, having been adapted and then shared on GitHub.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • Select the Posts tab ->
  • Select the Design button ->
  • Look below the themes and select in the theme credits.

Noted: 4th March, 2019

Here is what’s been happening elsewhere:

  • Gluon, by Vincent Ritter
    • Vincent has continued to blog his development, sharing progress as he goes. This includes themes and building other timelines, as well as the launch of the public Testflight, and the upcoming release on Android.
  • Micro Memories, by Jonathan LaCour
    • Stability improvements have been made, with focus on debugging and error handling.
  • Micro Memories, by Jonathan LaCour
    • Jonathan has provided support guidance to go alongside the extension’s set of instructions.

You can see more about third-party updates on the Elsewhere page and every month in The Macro Report, as well as more about third-party development in general on the Links page.

Enjoy your week!

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TIP: When editing a page, you can change the URL without also changing the title. This means you can have a relatively simple URL with a more complex title, or vice versa, or you could edit the title at any point in time without breaking links to the URL.

Noted: 25th February, 2019

Here is what’s been happening elsewhere:

You can see more about third-party updates on the Elsewhere page and every month in The Macro Report, as well as more about third-party development in general on the Links page.

Enjoy your week!

TIP: You can continue to edit your site’s theme without using custom templates, using instead a mix of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • At the top select the Posts tab ->
  • Select the Design button ->
  • Scroll down then use the Edit CSS and Edit Footer buttons.

TIP: When using a list via Markdown in your post make sure to use a clear line before the list starts, otherwise the raw Markdown will be displayed instead of the list itself. You can use the Preview button to check how your post will look.

TIP: If you post the URL to a video and it embeds on your blog, make sure to check your post on the timeline since such embedded videos will not appear. You can get around this by using the URL as part of a link via Markdown or HTML.

Noted: 18th February, 2019

Here is what’s been happening elsewhere:

You can see more about third-party updates on the Elsewhere page and every month in The Macro Report, as well as more about third-party development in general on the Links page.

Enjoy your week!

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