• Bookmarklet for saving web pages

    In the help page about bookmarks, we mention that you can bookmark a web page from your web browser. This uses a “bookmarklet” which can be added to the favorites bar, but the link doesn’t work in Discourse, which powers the Help Center, so I wanted to include it here as well.

    To bookmark a web page from a web browser, drag this bookmarklet link to your browser’s favorites bar. Click the bookmarklet when visiting a web page to add the URL in Micro.blog.

  • It has been a busy last week at Micro.blog! Manton has released the complete draft of his book, we held our 2nd Micro Camp event, shipped 1.0 of Micro.blog for Android, and rolled out bug fixes to Wavelength for iOS and other parts of Micro.blog.

  • Micro Camp kicks off in 24 hours! Have you registered yet? It’s free. We have a stellar lineup of presenters and panels. There will be live chat, so you can interact with other microbloggers. Even if you can’t be there live, you’ll be able to watch the videos afterwards.

  • Updates to Micro.blog Help

    In March 2021, we decided to move the Help documents to Discourse, and simultaneously create a forum where community members could ask and answer each others questions. This is available at help.micro.blog.

    Listening to your feedback over the last year, we heard one suggestion from several people: make the Help more accessible to new users and folks who are looking for the original Help documents, rather than forum discussions.

    When we added the Help to Discourse, each article became a regular forum post. Discussions were appended to those documents which could be distracting or overwhelming. We have now closed all the Help documents to comments. We changed the author of those documents to “Help” to indicate that they are not just forum posts from Manton or Jean. We have also put a link to the Help Table of Contents at the top of the Help Center.

    Most of the discussions that were removed had run their course, and any new tips were incorporated into the original Help document. The discussions were archived. In a few cases, we have some open discussions that will be followed up with an individual email or a separate topic in the Help Center.

    You can always start a new discussion topic in the Help Center for anything the official Help documents don’t cover, or if you have questions or feedback. Thanks everyone who has participated in forum discussions and helped us improve the new Help Center!

  • Micro.blog for Android is in Google Play as a public beta. It was recently updated with some more bug fixes, user muting, and other improvements.

  • A few new changes were rolled out in Micro.blog today, including better status of plug-in versions, plug-in documentation shown on the detail page, and fixes for profile photos cached too long in the timeline.

  • We usually update Micro.blog a couple times a week. Recent changes:

    • Added photo to the top of profile page.
    • Improved how plug-in themes are handled, so other plug-ins can override smaller parts of a theme.
    • Fixed uploading profile photos.
    • Fixed not archiving bookmarks sometimes.
  • Micro.blog for macOS has seen a few updates since the start of 2022, adding a preview window, HTML syntax highlighting, bug fixes for drafts and photos, and a new context menu. You can see all the release notes at the Help Center.

  • If you’re using a Micro.blog subdomain like you.micro.blog for your blog, you can register your own custom domain in Micro.blog and we’ll set everything up for you automatically. Click Account → Get a Domain Name.

  • Over the last couple of weeks we’ve updated most of our apps with bug fixes, including new versions of Micro.blog for iOS, Micro.blog for macOS, Sunlit, and Epilogue. Make sure to grab the latest! As the year winds down, we’re focused on keeping Micro.blog running smoothly.

  • We had some downtime this morning because of a networking issue at one of our hosting provider’s data centers. Very sorry for the trouble. We have temporarily disabled photo uploads until the issue is completely resolved.

  • Micro.blog 2.2.1 for iOS has been released in the App Store with bug fixes for iOS 15.1. Full release notes over at the Help Center.

  • We added a major new feature to Micro.blog Premium this week: email newsletters. Your blog readers can subscribe to get an email when you post a full-length blog post, or Micro.blog can collect posts into weekly or monthly emails.

  • Micro.blog was down because of a server error that has now been resolved. Very sorry! Unfortunately the status page did not report the issue. We’ll be updating that to detect this in the future.

  • There was some brief unexpected downtime today during a server deploy, getting ready for a new feature next week. Apologies! Everything’s back to normal now.

  • Not receiving push notifications? We think we’ve resolved the issue, although you may need to re-install the Micro.blog app for it to start working again. Give it a day to sort itself out while the app and Apple’s server get in sync.

  • Fixed a couple issues with following Micro.blog accounts from Mastodon. If you’re using a custom domain name with your microblog, Mastodon users can follow you with usernames like you@yourdomain.com. Set it up under the Account section of Micro.blog.

  • Micro.blog for macOS has been updated to version 2.1.2 with several improvements. @manton has a blog post with the details.

  • Some more Micro.blog fixes today: book search using Google Books, better sizing for Copy HTML button (and support for GIFs), always redirect to hosted custom domains, and Italic Type import.

  • If you missed last week’s changes, we rolled out much faster CSS editing and a new progress indicator on the web home page when publishing changes to your blog.

  • A database migration (new feature coming soon!) took longer than expected today, which might’ve caused some hiccups when publishing blog posts. Any problems should resolve automatically. Thanks for your patience.

  • Some of y’all noticed that profile photos weren’t always loading in the timeline this week. That has now been fixed, and we’ve added “avatars” to our status page to catch this kind of problem in the future.

  • There was a bug this morning affecting new @-mentions from showing up. Apologies if you received multiple notifications after it was fixed.

  • Micro.blog was down in the middle of the night (@manton time). We’re sorry for the downtime. Still investigating what went wrong but things are running smoothly right now.

  • As part of an upcoming server upgrade, if you are currently using Cloudflare with your custom domain name, please make sure that the proxying is disabled in Cloudflare’s settings. This helps us enable HTTPS for your domain name.

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