Micro.blog: a response to Manton and others, on finding topics of interests.

A reply to @manton and this thread about improving M.B.

Manton said:

There are really 2 parts to this: finding posts that already exist, and encouraging new posts in different topics. Micro.blog is still small, so the most value comes from solving both of those together.

Livejournal is the example that I thought of (and have experience with). Everyone who joins LJ automatically gets a personal blog which functions as their identity account. Furthermore, you can also create community blogs about any topic, but you need to have that requisite personal/identity blog to do that. Anyone can either “watch” a community blog without prerequisites, or fully join to get posting privileges. Your posts to the community blog reside there, but are identified by your LJ identity; your personal blog is separate to this.

I can see something analogous working on Micro.blog. Everyone already has a personal blog/domain. Perhaps there can be a way of creating the M.B equivalent of LJ’s “community blog” — a particular topic specified by user(s), which other bloggers can then “post” under. The blogger still owns their post on their blog, but M.B can congregate them based on these user-specified topics.

This is along the lines of @Cheri‘s suggestion of “tagmoji ambassador”. Yes, user-specified, user-owned, public, unmoderated tagging and community-building starts moving in Twitter’s direction, but perhaps this can be steered more towards Livejournal (private, moderated)?
** Bolded words were edited in later.

While tagmoji works well for general/functional categories, I’m of the opinion that they’re incapable of communicating the kinds of specificity that users desire; I already find Cheri’s examples of “writing”, “programming”, etc, too general to be of sustained benefit; one has to resort to a text search to supplement tagmoji’s limitations. That, and the inability to customize text-tags and/or tagmoji, already limits identification and retrieval of specific posts on M.B (and thus, finding like-minded users on M.B), as @bradenslen pointed out.

I suppose the next question is whether this kind of Livejournal-esque method of aggregating topical interests suits the vision and direction of Micro.blog.

24 thoughts on “Micro.blog: a response to Manton and others, on finding topics of interests.”

  1. @vega That’s an interesting idea. I can envision a version of M.B with a new section called communities, where your communities are located, and from there the community posts. The balance of finding communities versus making them too public might be the challenge.

  2. @vega I like the idea of looking back to a much-beloved early blogging platform/community for inspiration (I did not use LJ, but one of my best friends in grad school did, along with many of her closest friends from undergrad, so I got a bit of a glimpse of its appeal).

  3. @macgenie A selection of topics that I’m currently engaged with. I may not necessarily start them on M.B, but would participate to some degree.

    “Newbies learning Hugo/static site generators”, “newbies learning CSS/HTML”, “fantasy/SF/speculative-fiction writers”, “how to begin a self-publishing business”, “discussion/playthroughs for Anthem (video game made by BioWare)”, “artist support circle”, “book reviews, discussion, and recommendations”, “video game reviews, discussion, and recommendations”, “writing interactive fiction”, “world-building Q&A”, “building PCs”.

  4. @macgenie an idea— allow users to join a “community” which is a multi-author blog. Allow those users to “contribute” any of their MB posts to that community. It becomes a full content repost with a special link back to original post. Maybe have a moderator role for a community of some kind to approve joins and contributions. Maybe charge all contributors an extra $1 for each community they’re a member of. Maybe split that cost with mods.

    Basically, and this would be a fair amount of coding work, allow MB to incentivize building ad free, inclusive community curated blogs that keep individuals still having their own blog

  5. @matpacker Thanks. I don’t see why M.B community feeds can’t have the same kind of moderation/curation/gatekeeping of the Discover feed or @justgoodmusic. Either the curation is at the “content of posts” level (Discover), or at the “persons invited to post” level (@justgoodmusic). Either way, perhaps one of the requirements for starting a M.B community is a willingness to own and curate the feed — doing like the M.B’s creators are doing. @jsonbecker had suggested this up-thread. // cc @macgenie @johnphilpin

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