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:
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:
Now you can see the main
Discover section, down which you can scroll to find the highlighted posts:
Next, let’s look at filters, represented by emoji to become what we sometimes call “tagmoji”. They are at the top of the page:
Select the emoji you want to load the relevant section, wherein posts including that emoji can be found:
Another option is to use search, which can be found at the top of the page:
Type in the search bar, using either a name to find people or any word to find previously featured posts:
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:
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.
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.