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Manton Reece
Founder of Micro.blog.
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Great post by Anil Dash on how the board of directors for an organization actually works. I learned a lot. The timing of this post could not be more perfect for me right now.
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Still no option for me to submit our Threads feature to Meta for review. Tried contacting developer support but that submission fails for unknown reasons. The issue seems to be that the Meta dev dashboard is not recognizing all the successful API calls we are already making.
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I really dislike the Mastodon setting to require HTTP signatures for everything. It makes basic features like just grabbing some JSON for an actor more difficult. The user’s profile is on the public web anyway! We need apps that work natively with the web on its own terms, not more protocol layers.
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If you sent me an @-mention yesterday about automatic Threads cross-posting, I’ve invited you on Threads and enabled the feature for your account in Micro.blog. Here’s a quick video on YouTube about it. Don’t forget to accept the invite too, unde... https://www.manton.org/2024/06/21/if-you-sent.html
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I don’t travel as much as a bunch of people I know, but the combination of road trip and flight over the last couple of weeks has left me kind of unmoored with work. My brain is still catching up to the fact that we’re 2/3 of the way through June already. Way behind in email.
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I tried this AI-based social network Butterflies and it’s as bizarre as you’d expect. It’s more like a game. I don’t see this kind of thing taking off in “real” social networks. Infinite content will just reinforce the infinite algorithmic feed, which is unhealthy enough already.
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Forgot to mention if you’re sending me your Threads username… You will have to go to your Threads account settings → Website Permissions to approve the tester invite for Micro.blog.
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Micro.blog cross-posting to Threads is a bit in limbo because I’m not even sure how to submit the app for review. But we can have 500 testers! Reply with your Threads username if you’d like to be added. I will process any requests later today and “Add Threads” will show up on Account → Edit Sources.
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Working with the Threads API reminds me of how frustrating it was to work with Facebook’s main app API years ago, and any silo API that requires manual approval like the App Store. The bureaucracy is at odds with Meta’s claim of supporting the open web and fediverse.
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“While this defendant may be unlike any other in American history, we arrived at this trial — and ultimately today at this verdict — in the same manner as every other case that comes through the courtroom doors: by following the facts, and the law, and doing so without fear or favor.” — Manhattan district ... www.manton.org
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Podcast hosting for $5 manton.org
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On this day 16 years ago, Daniel and I released the first episode of Core Intuition. So many things have changed since then. Listening to episode 1 is like going back in a time machine, to weeks before WWDC, on the verge of the App Store launching, a snapshot of the Mac developer community. 🎂

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After reading that the Gaza pier was damaged by weather, I read a bit more to try to understand how much aid was getting in before the war and recently. 50 trucks or 1000 tons is so opaque to non-experts like most of us. The pier was still a good idea and can work when repaired. Sort of like increased band... www.manton.org
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Weak opinions, strongly held manton.org
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A little more about adding audio manton.org
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Has social media now devolved back to the same tone as Twitter X? Outrage, memes, extremism. Thinking more about this post from Paul Robert Lloyd last week and whether Micro.blog needs a setting if someone wants to keep blogging but get a temporary break from the social web. It’s all intertwined.

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Audio narration in Micro.blog manton.org
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This blog post is a test for something new I’m working on. I think a lot of people feel overwhelmed that AI is everywhere right now. Personal blogs should lean in to the human voice. There’s a new play button on the permalink for this post on the web which will use a recording that I’ve uploaded.

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Google’s AI overviews are pretty hilariously not ready. Maybe they never will be. Generative AI is a powerful, transformative technology, but that doesn’t mean it should be used everywhere! Sometimes dumb code is better.
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Tried the new Cajun place that opened a couple weeks ago, Lil’ Easy.
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Humans in the loop: https://www.manton.org/2024/05/23/humans-in-the.html
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: https://www.manton.org/2024/05/23/microblog-for-ios.html
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Feeling deflated this morning after the AI drama of the last couple days. I got so much flack over it. Now that the Washington Post is out with their story? Crickets. 🦗
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Sky narrative wrap-up, for now: https://www.manton.org/2024/05/22/sky-narrative-wrapup.html
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“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” — from this scene in The Dark Knight
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@manton Yes, that's my bug. No editing so I'll just let it stand, but here's the fixed link: eeyo.bike

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@manton Ouch. I don't think I've fallen for a talking point but it is something I've been thinking about. Either way I do think "woke" is too broad a stroke, too simple to encompass everything that is happening.

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@bryan Fixed now, sorry about that!

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@boris That’s just how the feature works. It brings in all replies so you don’t need to check two places. I get that it was unexpected in this case but I wonder if it would be just as confusing if it didn’t work that way by default. I think a setting would make this more clear, though.

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@boris If we add a setting, would you prefer that it not show any mentions from Bluesky in Micro.blog, or only not show replies if they weren't to blog posts?

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@boris If you disable Bluesky cross-posting it will also stop pulling the replies, but I think we need a separate setting to control this.

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@vladcampos.com Thanks! I'm not sure but I can't wait to get access to the API and experiment.

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@test.manton.blog Just testing... 👋

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@manton I dunno, I might be wrong. But 25 years is a really long time to spend in jail. I'm not sure what is achieved by it. To be clear, in both cases I think some number of years is definitely justified.

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@manton If I get a new computer, what will happen to all my stickers? Seriously though, I just dislike the hassle of replacing computers.

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@manton That is essentially how I've been trying to view things. If something helps make the web better, I'm for it. I think there are some good ideas in ActivityPub that should be inspiring future versions of ActivityPub too.

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@manton This is wired up now and kind of works like magic. For example, I saw your ORLY reply inside Micro.blog.

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@manton Another quick test for Bridgy.