TIP: There are different ways to get help:

  • Email: Submit a ticket, especially for problems regarding your account and/or blog.
  • @help: Get short answers in your mentions.
  • Help Centre: Read documentation and help others.
  • GitHub: Submit bugs, request new features, and contribute.

TIP: To upload a photo at full size on iOS, make sure you tap the expansion icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the image. You can tap it again if you want to revert to the default square crop.

Screenshot of the photo upload screen on iOS, with the expansion icon highlighted.

TIP: Your hosted Micro.blog account is made up of two public parts: your profile, and your site.

  • Your profile is: micro.blog/USERNAME
  • Your site is: USERNAME.micro.blog

Your profile displays posts that have been added via feeds, and your replies.

Your site is a hosted blog.

TIP: When using the web app you can reload the timeline via the blue bar.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • Make sure you’re in the Timeline tab ->
  • At the top click the blue bar.
  • NOTE: Avoid clicking your username.

TIP: For posts to appear in the Micro.blog timelines, including on your profile, make sure to add the relevant feed to your account.

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

TIP: When posting on the Mac, if you want to see your categories, they are available via the menu bar.

  • Open the Mac app ->
  • Use the menu bar to select File ->
  • Select New ->
  • Use the menu bar to select View ->
  • Select Categories.

TIP: You can link to individual categories in the menu of your site by using the Pages feature.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • Select Posts ->
  • Select Pages ->
  • Select New Page ->
  • Use the Page Title for the menu item name ->
  • Put the category URL in the body of the page.

TIP: If you’re looking to say hello and welcome new people, their first posts are often featured in Discover. You can both scroll and use search.

  • Go to the web app ->
  • Select Discover ->
  • Scroll down.
  • AND/OR ->
  • Select the search icon ->
  • Type “hello”, “first post”, etc.

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 emoji menu.

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

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.