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In reply to: Can "Indie" Social Media Save Us? | The New Yorker
It is awesome to see the IndieWeb and micro.blog getting some exposure in The New Yorker!?
Whoops! This post is a wee bit longer than previous link-logging posts. I’ve broken it up into a few sections to make it more easily skim-able. Granted, all barriers and edges are illusory at a certain point, so I recommend looking for connections rather than demarkation and separation. Do not tare along the dotted line. Personal pizzas are best when shared. 🍕
Creativity and capitalism
I’ve got a quick confession: I love Godzilla. This post encompasses all the things I like about Godzilla. You’ve got some cultural production stuff, you’ve got climate and ecology stuff, with a smattering of socio-political stuff all wrapped up in a rubber dino-monster suit. What isn’t to like!? Also, this picture…
It could be that Godzilla is successful in 1950s Japan and in 2010s USA because it happened to fit two very different but very specific cultural niches — the trauma of defeat culminating in nuclear war, on the one hand; and (to make something up) a compulsive desire for re-enactments of 9/11 on the other hand. But explaining wide-spread success by a series of particular fits falters as we consider all the many other social contexts in which Godzilla has been popular. Maybe it happened, by chance, to appeal narrowly to one new context, but two? three? ten?
An alternative is that Godzilla has managed to spread because it appeals to tastes which are not very context-specific, but on the contrary very widely distributed, if not necessarily constant and universal. In the case of Godzilla, we have a monster who breaks big things and breathes fire: an object of thought, in other words, enduringly relevant to crude interests in predators, in destruction, and in fire. Since those interests are very common across all social contexts, something which appeals to them has a very good source of “pull”.
… When your customers are active partners in “making” and “managing” the brand, policing who is allowed to shop at your store is, weirdly enough, a hiring decision like any other. We’re used to thinking of production and consuming as separate activities, but, as Jefferies shows, in modern branding, they are one and the same. Making sure the “right” person consumes your clothes is a way to enhance a brand’s value. Like it or not, then, modern life gives you little choice but to “work” for a brand, putting all of our social lives in the service of capital. What branding offers is belonging (for a price).
This entire article walks right up to the edge of likening brand based marketing to fiction, but doesn’t bridge the gap. This isn’t my faulting the piece by any means…I think it is a stretch, or at least a stretch in the context of the article, but I couldn’t stop noticing how similar the discussion of self-policing brands looks to the discussion about fandom, and who is or isn’t a fan of some particular thing. Who gets entrance into the narrative, be it Apple’s or Star Trek.
Traveling to an unfamiliar place often has ethical implications in Le Guin’s fiction
She also resisted the approach to writing that emphasized that fiction must have a hero, a conflict, a storyline.
The idea of free public transportation isn’t as crazy as it may sound. Prompted by concerns over congestion and pollution, the European countries of Estonia and Luxembourg already offer it, and Germany is considering it. Removing fares clearly makes transit more desirable; when Talinn, Estonia’s capital, adopted free public transportation in 2013, ridership immediately spiked 10 percent. Such ridership gains would certainly be welcome in the United States, where 31 of the 35 largest transit agencies saw passenger counts dip in 2017. Unlike most goods, transit gets better with heavier usage because more frequent bus and train service will reduce wait times.
This is a depressing moment for… well, everything, but also journalism. Watching talented reporters get laid off is heartbreaking, infuriating, and despair-inducing. Out of the ashes, new ideas for sustainable, impactful journalism are bound to emerge. The best ones will acknowledge that journalism should be free.
Designing systems (specifically public systems) with children not just in mind, but at the forefront pretty much always seems like a very good idea.
Math and astronomy
Sharing this piece specifically because I think it does a really solid job explaining something that is rather complicated (at least for me) in a clear way that also doesn’t come off as being dumbed down.
Learn something new about our Moon every Monday.
Webby techy stuff
I enjoy participating in the micro.blog community, and appreciate Manton’s persistence in going it slow, making intentional design choices. While the source code of micro.blog itself isn’t open source, it is refreshing that Manton’s process is, through posts and interviews like this one. Manton is practicing a different sort of Calm Technology with micro.blog.
Poor performance can, and does, lead to exclusion
And comes at a higher environmental cost.
Google Chrome, destroyer of worlds? Defo eater of RAM. See also Browser diversity starts with us.
All be honest. I was into this mostly for its title. It sounds like a line straight out of a Robbe-Grillet story.
Also, shout out to Eric Normand for almost always including a transcript alongside video and audio content.
Starts with a tl;dr:
TL;DR Other HTTP Clients aren’t that great. Here we use Emacs and restclient, with public APIs, to identify plants and share on Twitter. Emacs and restclient offer a great user experience and workflow when documenting and exploring APIs.
I’ve got a soft spot for literate programming. I haven’t done much of it, but as I gain confidence writing LISP, I think a little side project may invite it. 🤷♂️
You all. DNS is baffling. I’ve been migrating some client sites and I set up (again) a pi-hole and, while I feel cozy with the basics of DNS config, the underlying architecture is both fascinating and…terrifying? Maybe the wrong word. Obtuse.
A neat resource. I dipped right into the lesson about Virtual Machines and Containers.
Yes. I love emacs. I agree with Jack: Emacs does not typically save me time.
In reply to: @manton hey! We’re on the same page! As a web comic co-creator, this is something that I thought hard about. When we could finally publish our books in print, it made me feel better, however we haven’t done a book in 5 years. I may do a few print on demand ones for archival purposes though. I’d love to hear your updated thoughts on this topic.
There is a really great conversation unfolding on micro.blog at the moment about what happens to our digital identities after we die. It is a subject that I find fascination, and one that I’d like to do more work with.
So will happen to this when you die?
Because [the internet] looks less human and more of a technology-industrial complex, it’s easy to forget that people’s accounts and feeds are their homes on the Net. It’s easy to forget, when I land on someone’s Tumbleblog or Twitter account, that I am the guest who was invited to come in for a little while to listen to them speak and sing. It’s easy to stomp all over that person’s home on the Net and get into fights on their property. –Was it their property in the first place? It was the institution gave them that grey box to live in, identical to my grey box.
I fixed the SSL cert. issue plaguing my Micro.wiki Micro.blog resource list. It’ll live here from now on: https://m.b.wiki.eli.li/
…it appears that my server is grumpy about my setting up SSL on a sub.sub.subdomain, do, while I wait for DNS changes to propagate here is the micro.blog micro.wiki’s content, as of today, 2018-05-22:
Micro.wiki, Resources for Micro.blog
Community resources for the avid Micro.blogger
Micro.blog is groovy. This is a community index, champion’s enchiridion of all things Micro.blog. NOTE! This is a community resource and is in no way officially tied to Micro.blog. The bona fide documentation lives at help.micro.blog (make sure not to miss the community guidelines).
What is Micro.blog and how can I do it!?
- A Guide to Micro.blog For People Who Have A Love/Hate Relationship With Twitter, by @macgenie, m.b’s community manager
- How-to micro.blog, a micro.guide, by @eli
- Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net, by @brentsimmons
- Diversity and Inclusion at Micro.blog: Where We Are, Where We Want to Go, by @macgenie
- Migrating from Wordpress.com to Micro.Blog, by @burk
- Making my own photo timeline - adding a photoblog (hosted microblog), by @burk
- Microblogging in Jekyll, by @fiona
How do I find users and cool content!?
- https://burk.io/discover/ - a quick introduction to Micro.blog’s use of tagmoji, as well as a directory of all active a proposed tagmoji, by @burk
- https://burk.io/micromeetup - IRL Micro.blog meetups around the world, by @burk
- https://adnfinder.herokuapp.com/ - a utility to look for Micro.blog users by their App.net or Twitter handles, by @jeffmueller
- A few tips for user discovery on Micro.blog, by @smokey
- Micro.Threads - a tool for following Micro.blog threads and conversations…potentially defunct, by @amit
- Micro Monday - a weekly micro cast, wherein @macgenie interviews 1 member of the Micro.blog community every week
How can I Micro.blog from WordPress!?
- A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog with Micro.Blog, by @PhoneBoy
- Configuring WordPress for Micro.blog, by @ChrisReed
- Some tips for using WordPress with Micro.blog, by @smokey
- My Micro.blog Setup With WordPress, by @40tech
- My IndieWeb-ish WordPress Setup, by Ron (not sure of Ron’s m.b username)
- Setting up WordPress for IndieWeb use, by @chrisaldrich
WordPress extensions, functions, and other useful bits and bobs:
- Replace blank WordPress post title with the date/time , @colinwalker
- Remove title for status posts from the RSS feed, @colinwalker
- Open comments on WordPress posts submitted via XML-RPC , @colinwalker
- WordPress filter to auto-linkify @-names for Micro.blog, @smokey
- Feed Importer for Micro.blog fetches an RSS feed for Micro.blog and publishes entries to your Wordpress site as a stand-alone post (status)
- A potential fix for WordPress images not showing up in Micro.blog, by @matthilt
- Various micro.blog specific functions, by @johnjohnston
How can I post to Micro.blog other than by using the native app(s)!?
- macOS and Unix-y
Other community resources
Ya’ll, micro.blog is amazing! The community has generated some truly 💯 content. With a bit of help form @smokey I put together a tiny wiki of community resources to help more folks micro.blog: https://m.b.wiki.eli.li/
How-to micro.blog, a micro.guide
I’m completely smitten. I’m in love with micro.blog. I’ve been using it for nearly a year and am more or less off of all other social media. I think micro.blog made me a developer. Before micro.blog came around I was a full time product designer and project manager, then micro.blog came along and I started hacking on my own CMS. Now I’m a full time PHP developer!?
What is micro.blog?
At first glance micro.blog is like Twitter — a micro blogging service (clever name, eh?). But that isn’t all.
Micro.blog is both a micro blogging service and a blogging platform. What does this mean?
From a practical standpoint, this means that micro.blog users can post short, tweet-like posts, and longer wordpress-y posts…and photo posts (a la Instagram).
Users can also reply to one another, building threaded conversations starting from some initial post.
Micro.blog is a (micro)blogging service. With it, users can post short, tweet-length posts, photos, and long-form blog posts.
This is where things start to get interesting! Micro.blog is different from most any other service (that I’ve ever encountered) on the internet in that it isn’t a silo.
To use micro.blog you do indeed need to register an account (just an email, no password necessary).
After registering you’ve got to make a choice (a choice that you can change up at any time) — where do you want your content to live?
In the world of Facebook and Twitter you don’t choose where your content (posts, photos, comments, replies, etc.) are stored. They’re stored on Facebook/Twitter’s servers. Therefore, they “own” your content. And your content becomes something they can mine.
Micro.blog is different. Your content lives wherever you want it to. As long as your content is accessible via RSS or JSON Feed, micro.blog can work with it.
Granted, there is a discussion to be had about data mining RSS feeds…but that’ll wait for another day.
A micro.blog user-account is really just 1 or more RSS/JSON feeds all streamed through a single spot.
It allows you to aggregate RSS feeds into a single social “feed” that represents you.
SO — back to that choice: where do you want your content to live?
Because it is also a blogging platform, micro.blog can host your blog for you for $5/month.
Alternatively, you can host your content elsewhere (e.g. using wordpress, tumblr, hugo, jekyll, coleslaw, etc.), and just add the RSS/JSON feed from that externally hosted blog to your micro.blog account. BOOM!
Up and running 🏃♀️💨
But how do you post?
Well — if you’ve opted for a micro.blog hosted blog you can post directly through the micro.blog website, or by using the micro.blog iOS or macOS apps, or even by using the dedicated photoblogging app, Sunlit 2.0.
If you’ve opted for a wordpress site, you can also create posts using the micro.blog iOS or macOS apps, and Sunlit 2.0, too! They’re interoperable 🕺
BUT WAIT!!! There’s more! All of the aforementioned apps (micro.blog iOS, macOS and Sunlit 2.0), are also micropub clients, so you can post to absolutely any micropub enabled website using them (that, however, is a longer discussion, so not fully explored in this here post).
Some closing notes
…this post ended up being a bad “how-to” guide, and isn’t really all that micro in length 🤷♀️ 🌮
Micro.blog is young and still growing. It is by no means perfect, but @manton, @macgenie and co. are doing an awesome job on both the technical, and (more importantly) the social front. They’re doing a lot of really solid work building the community, striving for inclusivity, and thinking through design choices at these early stages that could have major ramifications down the road.
There can be a bit of a learning curve to get up and running with micro.blog, but, I’ve found the community to be wicked helpful, and they’ve got a great help blog that I imagine/hope will continue to grow, and become the go-to repository for all questions micro.blog.
For micro Monday this week I suggest folks check out @amit. He makes a lot of thoughtful comments, and is always a pleasure to interact with.
In reply to: Mainstream use cases for a microblog
I’ve loved being part of micro.blog since launch, and am excited to see folks start adopting it more and more. At this point, it and Instagram are the only social networks I use.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my website, and what changes/enhancements I want to make to it down the road. 4 - 5 years ago I was a big fan of tumblr, and have been using my website in a similar manner: posting some short form content, some long form content, heaps of links, and images. Micro.blog seems to be wicked well situated for that sort of content.
P.S. If you want an invite to micro.blog, I’ve got a few!