The Macro Report: September, 2019
The beginning of Autumn was accompanied by a significant set of updates, with the team delivering a truly fantastic release schedule.
Let’s take a look at what’s been happening lately on Micro.blog.
In the past month…
It is now possible to assign a category to a micro post. This is done via the new button on the New Post screen, with which you can control whether to add a category or save the post as a draft.
There is also a new way to manage categories: manual filters. With this feature you can automatically assign posts to categories based on the content of the post title and/or post body. It is also possible to use this feature retroactively, using the
Run Filter button to filter existing posts into categories.
Category management was further improved in settings with the addition of number of posts per category. These numbers are also links to filtered lists of posts per category.
All hosted accounts now have access to a free second blog, should you wish to use it. The intended use for these blogs is for testing anything you might want to try before doing so on your main blog, whether that’s a post, page, file upload, or theme edits; it is the latter for which this new feature is especially well made.
You can now make changes without a care for whether it will have an effect on your main blog, whilst implementing changes are even easier thanks to the new
Duplicate button. With this button you instantly make a copy of the theme, which is then available for use on your other blog. This works both ways, since you can then test changes on the test site with the copied theme and when you’re ready to apply those changes to your main blog you can access it since custom themes are shared across your blogs.
The latest significant release of the app was made to coincide with the major update to iOS itself. Support for Dark Mode was included, which works with the system-wide setting and so just works whenever your device is put into dark mode.
Sign in with Apple was also added, giving you the option of instantly creating a new account or accessing an existing one without the need to use your email app. Full support for Apple’s private email feature was also added shortly thereafter. When signing into an existing account make sure to choose the same address associated with that account.
Lastly, the tagmoji menu in Discover was overhauled to better match the web and Mac apps. The menu is fully featured, showing a partial list of the directory and a ‘Show More’ button to get access to the rest. A few fixes were also made as part of the update.
Easier Mastodon Following, Ghost Import, and more!
It is now easier for Mastodon users to follow people on Micro.blog, with a special version of the profile page accessible via following from Mastodon. Meanwhile, support for importing from Ghost blogs was added for Hosted blogs.
Further third party support was added in the form of push notification support; apps can now use the Micro.blog API to send notifications, with Manton already having provided support to Vincent Ritter’s Gluon and Martin Hartl’s Icro.
Account deletion also became a lot easier via the new Deleting your account Help document, which includes relevant information. Finally, the Micro Monday newsletter returned with a big post-summer catch up!
- Mastodon remote follow • Importing Ghost • Third Party Notifications • Deleting Your Account • Micro Monday: new apps and Tumblr
- Gluon was given a significant collection of updates throughout the month. Vincent added push notifications, iPad support, a pure black theme, displaying first name, and impactful speed improvements. It’s also great to see Vincent continuing his work on refining the design of the app.
- Indigenous also receieved multiple updates as progress continues towards the first full version of the app. Kristof added accessibility improvements, global search, image upload on reply, an ‘Unread items’ channel, and auto submit of share intents, whilst a number of fixes were also made.
- Quill was updated with a dropdown menu for choosing post status – Published or Draft – which can be found in the
Publishsettings of the main Editor.
- Own Your Gram had a number of updates covering a variety of changes. Aaron provided a significant improvement to the setup and configutation settings, including instructions for running the app yourself, as well as multiple bug fixes to improve stability.
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What a month! The team well and truly hit the high notes for providing not only a variety of improvements but a mightily impressive set of significant additions at that. I’d like to congratulate Manton, Jean, and Jonathan on delivering a stellar month, especially on the back of a fantastic set of summer releases.
The official releases were stunning, adding a significant amount of value to Hosted subscriptions whilst continuing to improve various aspects of the platform for different kinds of people. If you use Micro.blog for anything there’s a very good chance that thing was improved in some way. Further to this Manton spoke about making more improvements to the web app in the coming months, having delivered the big update for iOS. This is a particularly exciting hint considering that the web app was already improved by this month’s big releases.
Elsewhere, the community continued to provide their own exciting updates to third party projects. It was encouraging to see non-Apple options improved to further help the platform remain available to different people in different situations.
Finally, Jean is now out and about! It’s great to see our much loved community manager continue to make progress with her recovery.
Enjoy your weekend!