TIP: When cross-posting to Twitter, images with the alt tag will not also transfer with that tag in place. As such the only way to make sure the alt tag is used in images on Twitter is to post to Twitter directly.

TIP: You can get a photo grid for your hosted site by using Microgram, by Jonathan LaCour. This page will be automatically populated with your photos as you post them to your site.

TIP: You can push your posts to other sites via cross-posting. Once you have activated cross-posting for your site, each attached site is available.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • At the top select the Account tab ->
  • Select the Edit Feeds & Cross-posting button.

TIP: You can look through all of the posts on your hosted site, using the search function found in the Posts tab.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • At the top select the Posts tab ->
  • Enter your search query into the Search box.

TIP: When posting from an external site, if you link to a Micro.blog account as part of an @-mention make sure it is in the original version of the post. Micro.blog will notify the corresponding account only at the first time it sees the post.

TIP: When posting to Micro.blog from a different time zone make sure you visit the web app. This will update your account to show you the correct time across your apps.

Updates: Recent

There have recently been a few updates made across Today I Learned. Let’s go over them, starting with the log:

There is a new post type:

The following changes have been made to pages:

  • Elsewhere is a new page featuring the latest news about third-party development efforts.
  • Links additions; three new sections covering a host of development efforts from outside of the Micro.blog team.
  • About
    • Simplified introduction.
    • Added list of post types.
    • New Links section.
    • Merged Contact page.
  • For navigation:
    • Contact link removed.
    • Updates link removed.

Altered the theme to;

  • better display images;
  • show paragraph headers more clearly.

For the Updates blog:

  • History is a new page; a timeline of updates made to Micro.blog.
  • The Macro Report is a new post type, a series covering the most recent period of activity.
  • Follow Up is a new post type, providing timely asides for updates.
  • The site now displays bolded text properly.

It’s still early days yet but I’m happy with the progress made so far. The Micro.blog team have been hard at work improving the platform and providing support to the ever-growing community, which is a motivating factor to make TIL as good as it can be.

There is more yet to come, as well as continuing existing efforts at a steady pace. There is no doubt that the community itself is also a source of energy and inspiration, with a growing number of contributions made across a variety of skillsets and interests. Basically: you’re all awesome. Thank you.

If there is anything you want to correct or generally comment on you can use the new contact section of the About page to do so. In the meantime, that’s all for now. Bye!

– Simon

Guide: Pins

Let’s talk about Pins.

On Micro.blog you can collect pins for your account, represented by small icons you can see within your account. They are available on the web and are unlocked by reaching certain milestones or other conditions, such as publishing your first post to the Micro.blog timeline, or posting after midnight. With that in mind…

Let’s get our hands on the Pins.

Getting a look at the regular pins means using the web. Make sure you’re logged in and ready to go.

Make your way to micro.blog/account/pins – as well as the link below, you can get there by selecting the Account tab:

Screenshot of the top of the Micro.blog web app, highlighting the Account and Show All links.

… and then selecting Show All. Once you have done this you will see the pins screen:

Screenshot of the Micro.blog pins page, showing only the top pin as having been collected.

Here you can see all of the regular pins and how you can get them, along with your instantly collected first pin for registering a username! By fulfilling the conditions set out here you will collect the pins; like this:

Screenshot of the Micro.blog pins page, showing five pins as having been collected.

(NOTE: To collect the Custom Domain pin you will need a hosted account, with which you can map your custom domain to your hosted site.)

Over time you can also collect special pins. These are limited to specific events, announced by Manton ahead of time. For example, in 2018 the two biggest Apple public events had the following pins:

Screenshot of two special pins for Apple events, showing both as having been collected.

Pins are a fun way to both get involved with the community and motivate yourself for posting in a variety of ways, with the potential to become even better over time; who knows, perhaps we’ll have real pins, whether for general availability or meetups and the like!

Over time Manton will add more pins and continue to release limited editions for events. If you have any ideas for new pins or issues you can contact the team via the official channels, as they are happy to take suggestions and help.

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

Links

TIP: When setting up your Micro.blog hosted site with an SSL certificate, if it doesn’t appear to have been activated, get in contact via the official help channels.

TIP: With hosted accounts, If you want to manage the images you have posted to Micro.blog and/or upload some for later use you use the Uploads sub-tab:

  • Go to the web app ->
  • At the top select the Posts tab ->
  • Select the Uploads button.

TIP: To reduce the number of posts in your timeline, you can filter out replies made to people who you do not follow.

  1. Go to the Account tab ->
  2. Scroll down to Timeline ->
  3. Select: Show mentions only to people I’m following.

TIP: For external websites, if you want images to appear use a complete URL in the post and not a relative URL.

Example:

  • /images/image.png is a relative URL and will not appear.
  • (https://)yoursite.net/images/image.png is a complete URL and will appear.

TIP: When a post has been edited the timeline will display the new version.

  • Applies to edits made within 24 hours.
  • For edits made after 24 hours you need to use ‘Remove’ on the timeline post and re-post for it to appear in the timeline.

Updates: Continuing

Since the first post, a few things have happened:

  • Pages:
    • There is now a Contact page for the main blog.
    • There is now a Links page for the main blog.
  • Navigation:
    • The Page menu for the main blog now includes the new pages and two links.
    • The Page menu for the Updates blog now includes two links.
  • There is a new email address for contacting me, listed on the Contact page.
  • The Twitter account is fully set up.
  • I now have an iOS device and so will also cover features for that platform.

That’s all for now. Bye!

TIP: The bio for your account (Account -> About me) appears on your Micro.blog profile (micro.blog/YOURNAME).

For hosted accounts, this is also the default About page for your blog. You can overwrite this by creating a page of the same name, enabling use of HTML.

Today We Start

Micro.blog is awesome. You are very likely using it, so you know this! Between the tireless work of Manton and co. and the gradual yet significant growth of the community it is difficult to ignore the great potential within. As such this platform ought to be as welcoming as possible, within different contexts and so here we are… a(nother) space for help with using Micro.blog.

This account will run alongside the existing official documentation, other community-run projects, and individual contributions to the Micro.blog knowledgebase. It is is merely an addition to the collective attempt at saying “Welcome!” However, nothing is so perfect that it can’t be criticised (🛎️) so let’s for a moment go over where it may be lacking:

  • I do not currently own an iOS device or MacOS machine and so features specific to the Apple platform will not be covered.
    • This will include apps specific to the Apple platform.
  • This is not an official part of Micro.blog at all and so information may not be as accurate as it should be.
    • In this instance edits will be made ASAP and immediately pointed to in a follow-up post.
  • I am but a single person!
    • Personally I believe the lack of cloning technology to be the fault of tech CEOs who choose instead to build advertising vehicles. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

With that in mind, where possible I will rectify each of these problems as quickly as possible. This includes reading and reacting to feedback, whether that’s;

Last but not least is another part of Today I Learned: Updates, the companion blog focused solely on providing a log of any and all updates to Micro.blog.

More information can be found in the About page and any updates to the project will be provided as soon as anything of note happens.

So here we are, ready to start. Let’s go!