Micro.blog 1.3.3 is out

The new update to Micro.blog for iOS is now available in the App Store. As I wrote about yesterday, it includes an improved conversations gesture. Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Added swipe left on a post to view the conversation.
  • Added feed settings button when writing a new post for quickly toggling off cross-posting.
  • Added confirmation alert when removing a post.
  • Updated character counter to not include Markdown.
  • Updated sharing from other apps to not use the current draft or save it.
  • Fixed compatibility with some XML-RPC servers.
  • Fixed opening conversations from links in the timeline.


Still some lingering server issues from the security updates 2 weeks ago. Sorry for the downtime early this morning. Blogs hosted on Micro.blog remained up.

→ 2018/02/07 9:14 am

Absolutely incredible what SpaceX has done. Successful launch of Falcon Heavy and then seeing those side boosters land perfectly… Breathtaking. 🚀

→ 2018/02/06 3:31 pm

Micro.blog conversations gesture

I just submitted a new update to the Micro.blog iOS app. It adds a couple new features, including better support for quickly toggling off cross-posting, but what I’m most excited about is swiping to view conversations. Here’s a 45-second screencast demo:

It should be out in a couple of days after Apple approves the release. Thanks for supporting Micro.blog.

Where did the day go? It’s still Micro Monday here in Austin, just before midnight… For this week: @vasta. Thoughtful essays, microblog posts, and contributions to many discussions on Micro.blog. Glad to have him part of the community.

→ 2018/02/05 11:47 pm

After struggling with a new iOS feature last night, threw out all the code this morning and started over. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

→ 2018/02/05 1:48 pm

Wrapping up the next Micro.blog iOS update, which has more control over cross-posting. Decided to focus on Micro.blog’s own cross-posting for this release, and consider Micropub syndication later. (They are very different models. Just need to focus on the immediate need first.)

→ 2018/02/04 9:28 am

Watched California Typewriter today and enjoyed it. On our road trip last summer, we stayed in Berkeley and stopped in front of the store to look in. Regret being rushed and not spending time inside.

→ 2018/02/03 5:29 pm

You can scroll further back in the timeline from the iOS and Mac apps now. Also, the Discover section is ready for the Super Bowl. 🏈

→ 2018/02/02 11:50 am

Spurs have a challenge tonight with the Rockets in San Antonio. Harden and Chris Paul are in. Kawhi and Rudy Gay are out. 🏀

→ 2018/02/01 2:45 pm

Fascinating article by @apike about blockchain. Equals parts technical detail and humor:

As fun as it is to kick back and laugh at dumb tech fads, it is important to first understand how and why they’re dumb, so we can mock them soundly and accurately.

→ 2018/02/01 9:56 am


A couple years ago on a trip, I finally tried Instagram Stories. Because I don’t like posting things that disappear, I planned to keep copies of all the short videos from my story, and then stitch them together in Final Cut, add some music, and publish them to my blog once a week. It didn’t take long to give up on this. Instagram and Snapchat make it easy to share on their network, but difficult everywhere else.

I much prefer Snapthread’s approach. Becky Hansmeyer has created an app that does exactly what I was trying to do, but instead of fumbling around with Instagram and Final Cut, it’s effortless. And it works with live photos. Highly recommend checking this out in the App Store.

Austin folks: NSDrinking is switching to last Wednesday of the month. That’s tonight! 8pm at Radio. Have a coffee or beer and chat about iOS/Mac development. I’ll be there.

→ 2018/01/31 12:32 pm

No applause for retweets

DHH writes about how Basecamp is experimenting with removing their “applause” feature — the clap icon that Medium has also recently adopted:

But as I read through the replies from the few dozen people who answered the question on any given day, I was faced with the dilemma of the clap. If I applauded an update from Sam yesterday, but don’t today, does that mean I’m expressing discontent with the most recent work? If I don’t applaud for Javan on the same day as I applaud for Sam, does that mean I’m parting favor of one over the other?

The problem with these “just click a button instead of sending an actual reply” features is that they fool us into thinking we’ve done something meaningful by clicking. Anyone can click a Twitter heart button to show that they’ve noticed a tweet or enjoyed it. It takes very little effort and doesn’t mean much.

On Micro.blog, favorites are private. They are just for your own use, like bookmarks. We’ve found that the lack of public likes encourages people to reply to posts instead, even if it’s just a quick “Thanks!” or “That’s great!” or other comment. It’s a little more meaningful because it requires a bit of effort.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said something revealing when pressed on his retweets of a racist group:

Well, I know nothing about them. I did a retweet. You know, retweets… sometimes you do… retweets are very different. When you do your own tweeting, when you do your own social media, it’s fine. When you do those retweets, sometimes they can cause problems.

What Trump is trying to say is that retweets aren’t as important as a tweet you type yourself. Retweets encourage a sort of thoughtless approach to sharing.

We don’t like retweet counts or follower counts in the UI of Micro.blog, because it’s another place for judgement — “this person must not be very interesting if they have so few followers” — instead of letting someone’s content speak for itself. Likes, claps, and retweets aren’t a substitute for a real conversation. We’ll eventually have some form of public reactions on Micro.blog, but we aren’t in any hurry to get there.