Doug Lane is writing a series of blog posts about what real-world use cases for Micro.blog could help attract more mainstream users to the platform. It starts with this:
One of the biggest challenges that Micro.blog faces with its upcoming public launch is how to make the jump beyond its early adopter base of blog enthusiasts to “regular people”. It’s tempting to daydream about everyone from teenagers to grandmothers abandoning their social media silos en masse and simultaneously raising “Indie Blogger” flags, but that’s probably not realistic.
He then follows up with a few ideas. I think this approach is exactly right: carve out several niches that are perfect for Micro.blog and focus on those in marketing, providing as much value as possible for those users, then expand to more mainstream users from there.
Squarespace actually does a great job at this. The first thing you see when you click sign up — before being prompted to create an account — is to choose a template for your web site. At the very top of the list: a wedding blog and a product catalog.
Photoblogging and linkblogging are still some of the most common ways people use Micro.blog. From a business perspective, I also like it for product news. Earlier this year I posted some ideas for how to use a microblog.
Tinkered with WordPress last night so I could ping the new RSVP page for IndieWebCamp Austin. Also rolled out WordPress export for Micro.blog.
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Core Intuition 305 is out. We talk about potential MarsEdit and Micro.blog release dates, other commitments, App Camp, and more.
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Made some API tweaks today, and updated the documentation to add the
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/posts/discover JSON call for third-party apps.
Final day of the photo challenge: shadow. This has been a great week for photos on Micro.blog. Thanks everyone!
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Increasingly frustrated when people complain about Twitter but wait for it to improve or for something better to come along. It doesn’t work like that. There’s no switch to flip. There is only the steady growth of indie microblogs, improving the web over years.
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I sent an update to Kickstarter backers today. I wanted to point people to the new Mac app for Micro.blog, and also show off some of the great photos that Micro.blog users have been uploading this week as part of the photo challenge. Here’s the email.
Hello Kickstarter backers! Today we’re wrapping up the 7-day photo challenge on Micro.blog. The challenge was a suggestion from the community: @douglane posted to his microblog with themes to inspire more people to take and post photos.
I’ve loved seeing all the new photos. Here are just a handful of the many photos that have been posted over the last week.
We also recently released version 1.0 of the Micro.blog app for macOS Sierra and High Sierra. This is the best Micro.blog user experience yet, with a timeline, posting to your blog, photo upload, and a new Discover section for finding posts and users to follow.
You can download the Mac app here.
I’m also continuing work on the Indie Microblogging book. I’ll be sharing more about the book as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!
Really wish you could send a test email for Kickstarter backer updates. No clue what it’s going to look like in email clients until it goes out to everyone.
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Steph Curry after the loss tonight in Boston: “I hear the weather is great here in June.” 🏀
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Can a salad bag from the grocery store be considered “seasonal”? Not sure, but it’s gonna have to do for today’s Micro.blog photo challenge. Day 6!
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Posted a quick Timetable episode about how the Micro.blog photo challenge is going, and on finalizing the venue and plans for IndieWebCamp Austin.
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Since it would conflict with Thanksgiving next week, NSDrinking is tonight instead. Have a beer and chat about iOS and Mac development. 8pm tonight at Ginger Man.
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I’ve made a few improvements to Micro.blog’s XML-RPC support recently. Working pretty well to use MarsEdit to publish to your microblog (with title support, editing, and photo upload).
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We’re holding an IndieWebCamp in Austin next month! This is a 2-day event — Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th — for anyone who wants to learn more about the IndieWeb, discuss web standards and tools, or just hack on your own web site. We’re lucky to have IndieWeb co-founders Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki in town for the event.
There was another IndieWebCamp in Berlin last week. Neil Mather had a great blog post about his experience there:
It ran over 2 days, with day 1 an unconference with a number of discussions, the topics and schedule decided entirely by participants in the morning. Day 2 was hack day, with everyone working on an indieweb related bit of work, be it on their own website or on a shared project.
IndieWebCamp Austin registration is open now. Tickets are just $5. Looking forward to planning some next steps for Micro.blog over that weekend. Hope to see you there!
Minor update to Micro.blog for iOS is now available in the App Store. Fixes posting via the Micropub API, plus a couple more iPhone X tweaks.
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Almost missed the 5th day of the Micro.blog photo challenge. For “liquid”, a shot of the fish tank.
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Had a great time at Refresh Austin tonight. Good to hear what other people are up to, and share a little about what’s going on with Micro.blog and the upcoming IndieWebCamp Austin.
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Loving the iPhone X camera. My contribution to today’s Micro.blog photo challenge: up close.
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Marco’s post about the 2012-2015 MacBook Pro rings true to me. I still use the 2014 version of this laptop… Don’t want to “upgrade” to anything else.
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Day 3 of the photo challenge: on the move. From south Austin today after getting some coffee and work in at Caffe Medici.
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