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  • The Macro Report: February, 2019

    With February there has been a chance for everybody on Micro.blog to take a deep breath, ruminate upon the big updates of the previous month, and enjoy the smaller yet still significant changes sprinkled throughout this month.

    Let’s take a look at what’s been happening lately on Micro.blog.

    In the past month…

    Category Expansion

    Categories can now be used on iOS. You need to first create the categories on the web – where you can also delete them – and will then find them available via the gear icon in the New Post screen.

    You can also use categories via IndieWeb publishing apps, such as OwnYourGram wherein Instagram hashtags are automatically converted into categories.

    Further Development Tools and Support

    There is a brand new API available for photos, with which developers can get recent photos for a user. This works for both Hosted and non-Hosted accounts.

    Meanwhile, a new page has been added to Help covering IndieAuth for developers of both desktop and web apps.

    Integrated archiving, new video support, and more!

    You can now choose to save new posts to the Internet Archive automatically, using a setting in the Posts tab on the web. Also, you can find help with themes on the first video of the new Micro.blog YouTube channel, a screencast tutorial.

    The official accounts and blogs were reorganised to better provide support and info, whilst Jean released the 50th episode of the Micro Monday podcast; her guest was Jonathan LaCour, developer of the Micro Memories and Microgram extensions.

    Elsewhere

    Not only is it encouraging to still see this much development in what was ostensibly a quiet month, there has been continued activity in the general subject area of breaking free from the silos of the corporate web and getting back to blogging. Between posts, conversations, podcasts (new and old!), and steady progress across a variety of indie alternative projects it’s fair to say that the web at-large is fighting back against what we now know to be the corrupted parts of itself.

    The end of the month saw the Micro Monday podcast hit 50 episodes whilst Manton hosted IndieWebCamp Austin. Micro.blog is part of a much greater idea than the platform alone, as represented by both of these events. It’ll be fun to see further progression of such things as the year passes, whether recurring or brand new; however, first, let’s see what March will bring us.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    – Simon

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  • Tracked: 28th February, 2019

    This is the first edition of a new post type in which I cover recent updates to bugs and issues from across the core of Micro.blog, which is to say the official parts of the platform.

    This is the latest set of updates for bugs and issues across Micro.blog:

    • Arabica missing from credits: The new Arabica theme has not been added to the themes credit page.

    • Empty posts can be easily published: In the iOS app it is possible to accidentally send an empty post, since the Post button is active even when the text field is empty.

    • Images in Primrose are expanded: When using the Primrose theme, smaller images are increased in size to fit width defined in the CSS.

    • Markdown reference missing lists example: The document for help with Markdown doesn’t have lists as an example, despite there being a special space formatting requirement for use.

    • No JSON for category feeds: The feeds for categories are RSS only, with no JSON feed available.

    • Blockquotes poorly formatted when cross-posted: When cross-posting to Twitter, any blockquotes are not formatted well.

    • Ampersands in URLs are converted into &amp: When posting a link, if the URL contains an ampersand it is changed and thus the link is broken.

    • Post syncing to GitHub does not work: Automatic post syncing to GitHub continues to be deactivated.

    • Sidebar.js was broken: Sidebar.js had stopped working, since the code given in Help used http rather than https.

    You can report bugs and get help using Slack, GitHub, email, and the @help account.

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  • The Macro Report: January, 2019

    The beginning of 2019 for Micro.blog has indicated a year of momentous change, with the promise of improvements and exciting yet reasonable developments across the platform, whether that’s from the team or third-party developers.

    There has already been lots for everybody to get their hands on and it is fair to say the community is becoming ever more passionate about exploring the possibilities of the web as the social platform; Brent Simmons said it best. With that in mind…

    Let’s take a look at what’s been happening lately on Micro.blog!

    In the past month…

    Themes

    The month ended with a bang; custom themes are now possible, at least to a much larger extent than before. Existing themes have been rebuilt, as part of a switch from Jekyll to Hugo, and it is now possible to extend the core for much greater customisation.

    There is now also a new theme, based on Arabica, whilst the option to share your custom theme has been built in. All of the rebuilt themes are also available on GitHub, along with Arabica.

    The Mac

    In a fruitful month for the Mac app, two significant updates were released. In the first, the alt tag feature was implemented, making it much easier to making your images more accessible, whilst full-screen photos were made available via clicking an image.

    In the second update the app went dark with Dark Mode available on Mojave, whilst the auto-complete username feature was implemented when making a new post. Other improvements and fixes were also made.

    Help redesign, categories, Snippets, and more!

    There was a significant update across the entire Help site, with a redesign that included an update to the home page index and a new search tool. Meanwhile, categories finally arrived to Hosted blogs along with an auto-filter feature for photos and feed functionality for individual categories, all of which are linked at the top of your archive page. Support for categories has also been added to the Micro.blog API.

    Jonathan Hays has developed a Swift-based framework for the Micro.blog API and it has been released on GitHub as Snippets, which ought to make it easier to develop apps for iOS, Mac OS, and TV OS. It is now also possible to remove the default Archive and About pages from the menu of your Hosted site; you can instead remake the pages using the redirect page feature and link to them from another part of your site. Lastly, Dialog has been added to the apps list on the New Post page along with new icons.

    Elsewhere

    • • •

    This was a fantastic start to the new year, with the core of the platform getting a variety of significant improvements and no sign of letting up from the focused, careful approach from the team. It’s fair to say that for a lot of people Micro.blog is now a more attractive social network to join and a much more robust option for hosting your blog. Meanwhile, Manton and Jean have already both spoken about their plans to further highlight the most important part of it all; people, specifically within the context of the community-driven aspect of Micro.blog

    Elsewhere a variety of third-party development efforts have borne fruit and continue to extend the platform and make it much friendlier to more people. Best of all, the vast majority of this development is transparent and often seen via real people blogging as they work. With this kind of ecosystem developing there is little doubt 2019 will be at least as exciting as the previous year.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    – Simon

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    • Feature: Custom Templates
    • Function: You can now make changes to your theme at the template level, using the new editor which you can find by clicking the Design button inside the Posts tab.
    • Link: Custom Templates announcement from Manton
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    • Feature: Other Apps Refresh
    • Function: The app list on the ‘new post’ page has a new addition, Dialog, and new icons.
    • Link: Other Apps Refresh from Manton

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