TIP: You can follow domains on Micro.blog, as well as user-named accounts. This makes Micro.blog more of an all-in-one reader, whether for absolutely everything you want to read via blog feeds or a specific type of site.

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.

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: 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.