They’ve leaned pretty heavily into the membership system with this release. If that works for them and their users, I’m glad. It’s not really my thing, though. If I was using Ghost, I think I’d be a little put-off by its prominence in the dashboard, since it can’t be removed at all.
And that kind-of gets to the heart of one of the reasons I like WordPress so much — it really only does what you want it to and can be hacked and customized to accomplish your goals. Sure there are a lot of people that have bad experiences with bloated installs, but if you’re deliberate with the plugins you add, it’s not too difficult to keep it from getting out of hand.
I’m a little envious of the overall design of Ghost’s interface, though. The WordPress dashboard has remained mostly unchanged for years. It’s one aspect of the system that I’d like to see given a bit more development effort. Maybe when Gutenberg gets a bit more mature and established as a feature.
As a bit of an aside, Matt Birchler published a great video that goes over the features in this release.
I’ve just worked out why I like micro.blog so much. Despite it’s lack of “everyone” being here, it feels like old school Twitter.
I love that Micro.blog really leans in to open web technologies — Webmention, RSS, Micropub, Mastodon. And that’s what drew me back to the service earlier this year. But what kept me there was the old school Twitter-like feel.
Everyone on Micro.blog seems deeply interested in making the service successful. Not from a financial standpoint, but from a healthy and happy community standpoint. Micro.blog is filled with welcoming and kind individuals.
If you ask a question, you’ll almost always get an answer. And without any of the snide remarks that seem all too common on present-day Twitter. It doesn’t even really seems to matter how many people are even following you — you can’t tell anyway — the community is so strong that relatively new users are still able to strike up conversations and receive thoughtful responses from strangers about whatever topic is being discussed.
Micro.blog has all of the best aspects of old school Twitter’s community paired with open web technologies that empower its users to really own everything they publish and the resulting conversations.
Have you ever searched the web to find an article where you couldn’t see at what date it was published? It happens to me quite often. I don’t understand why such an important piece of information isn’t communicated to the readers.
He goes on to mention putting the date in your URLs, which I do here — the year and month, anyway. And while that’s still a very good idea, since iOS doesn’t show the full URL in Safari unless you have the address bar selected, having it in the URL isn’t as useful as it used to be.
The date on the webpage is a must. And if you publish an update more substantive than a simple typo fix, add the date it was edited too.
A decentralized social network which lives on your own device and communicates via local networks or through “Pubs” — servers that let Scuttlebutt users sync their entries with one-another over the internet.
The video on the homepage does a great job of explaining how it works. And it appears to be modeled to match how relationships and interactions take place between people off the web. There’s a catch up mechanism where your Scuttlebutt clients sync entries with one-another. And not just each other’s entries, but any other person’s entries within their social circles.
Scuttlebutt handles blocking in a way that’s interesting too. Since there isn’t any centralized service, all blocking takes place at an individual level. So if I decide not to see entries from someone, I just don’t see them. That person can continue composing entries as they did before and everyone else that would have seen them will, but those entries won’t get synced to my client.
This is the type of platform that I would love to see gain some traction. The idea of catching up with someone at a family get-together, both in conversation and by syncing our Scuttlebutt entries is pretty darn rad. But I just don’t think it’ll ever see much use. The marketing capabilities of the biggest social media companies are just too influential to allow something decentralized to get off the ground.
I’ve been toying around with this on mike.rockwell.mx using the WordPress plugin and Semantic-Linkbacks. I don’t know how often it will come up when linking to other sites or other sites linking to me — since Webmention doesn’t have widespread usage. But Micro.blog — my preferred social network — supports the technology.
So anyone that replies to a Micro.blog post that originated on mike.rockwell.mx will be sent to my site as a Webmention. It works well and it’s really rad.
Implementing Webmention on Initial Charge is on my to do list. I’ve always accepted and sent pingbacks, but don’t have the received notifications visible anywhere on the live site. It’s likely that Webmentions will be implemented in a similar manor. But this is the type of technology that I’d like to see adopted more broadly. It would allow for more social features in the open web and could be encourage some to spend less time in the walled gardens.
A list of free software and web applications, which you can host on your own servers. I’ve referenced this list quite a bit as I’ve been building out my own personal cloud. I think everything I’m now using is on this list.
A couple days ago I wrote about using Shaarli to save links for later and an app with a share sheet extension to streamline the process of saving links. But unfortunately, if you tap the “Post” button too quickly within the sharing extension, nothing actually saves.
I’m not sure why, but you have to wait for the emoji to disappear from the description field before attempting to save the link. That’s less than ideal.
So I put together a quick iOS shortcut to save the links instead. It might not necessarily be faster to use, but it’s much more reliable and loads Shaarli’s main list at the end, so you can confirm that it saved before moving on.