A feature request for micro.blog
I have a feature request for micro.blog. Well, maybe not so much a feature request as an idea, or food for thought and discussion. I think it comes from a similar idea that Dave Winer blogged about a few years ago, like many such ideas seem to do.
The idea of a character limit for what’s being presented in a river of news or a social network timeline is a good one and I think two-hundred and eighty is a reasonable one. Naturally that means that longer posts needs to be truncated. The idea is that instead of truncating it with a link to the original, maybe the truncated version can be folded out when clicked/tapped to present the full post in the context of the river/timeline.
I think I’ve seen people mocking up similar ideas for twitter in the past as well.
I can see how it can become unwieldy for very long posts and/or posts with a lot of media attached to it. Maybe a two stage process where posts gets folded out to up to something like 500 characters and if they are still not visible in full they’ll get truncated with a link. Or maybe it’s a setting per client? Or maybe it’s not such a good idea at all. I’m not sure.
Any thoughts, dear reader?
Replies and comments
MrHenko30 juni, 2021 23:38
@MrHenko /ping @manton
manton30 juni, 2021 23:49
@MrHenko Thanks for your thoughts! I’d like to update the timeline display so that it’s both simpler and better accommodates some types of longer posts (like photos or block quotes). I’m not sure what that looks like yet but it’s something I’d like to work on soon.
MrHenko1 juli, 2021 10:51
@manton Thank you for reading and replying, and it sounds like a good start to look into photos and quotes. And as I said I’m not sure the fold out solution I wrote about is the best solution, and probably not applicable everywhere.
Also, it has probably been way too long since I last told you what a great job you and the rest of the team at micro.blog are doing. So thank you for that! :)
manton1 juli, 2021 16:24
@MrHenko Thank you!