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I'm writing a book about independent microblogging, and launching a publishing platform called
I'm writing a book about independent microblogging, and launching a publishing platform called
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First month wrap-up

Posted by Manton Reece (Creator)

A little over a month ago, we started opening up to Kickstarter backers. The rollout wasn't without a few bumps, but we've been working to fix dozens of issues since then, and we've had the time to add many new features as well. is already significantly better because of your early feedback.

If you reserved your username and checked it out only briefly, we now have a better getting started page to help you with the next steps. We've also been documenting the recent progress and known issues, so you know what's coming next.

I want to highlight one area that's received special attention: photos. There's better photo posting from the iPhone app, including new filters and support for more blogging platforms, as well as a way to discover new users from their photos. Here's a screenshot:

We've also been working on performance and behind-the-scenes improvements to make more robust. One of the best parts of that is the announcement about JSON Feed.

Brent Simmons and I announced JSON Feed about 2 weeks ago. JSON Feed is a pragmatic syndication format, inspired by RSS. Here's a quote from the specification:

"Our hope is that, because of the lightness of JSON and simplicity of the JSON Feed format, developers will be more attracted to developing for the open web."

This is directly in line with the goal of JSON Feed is now supported across, in the API and published feeds. I'm excited about what could be built on top of JSON Feed, especially more native clients. We're already seeing broad support in code libraries, feed readers, and even podcast tools.

Next week is WWDC, Apple's developer conference. Both Jean and I will be in San Jose, catching up with the latest announcements and talking to developers about We're planning an informal meetup during lunch next Tuesday. If you'll be in town, sign up for more information here. We'd love to say hi and hear your thoughts about independent microblogging.

Thank you again for your support. We've learned a lot as the community grows, and much of it will go into the upcoming Indie Microblogging book. I'll have an update on that after WWDC. If you have any questions, let us know at

— Manton

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      Elroy on

      I am unable to login, I also email you many times and did not get any reply.

    2. Michael Patrick Cutillo on

      I've applied for the iPhone app at least twice and have still not received a Test Flight invite

    3. Chris Aldrich on

      Manton, after having heard/seen your microcasts (and those of others) as well as your mention of podcasting tools above, I thought I'd point out that there's a micropub tool called Screech for podcasts: It may be down the road a tad for support, but it's also something that could do to change the microcasting space. It could also be a useful differentiator for competing services like Twitter, Mastodon, etc.

    4. ポール ウェッブ on

      I'm one of those people who reserved a username and checked it out briefly. Gonna spend some time this weekend delving into and getting my custom CMS integrated with it!

    5. Jean MacDonald on

      If you haven't joined the Microblogging Slack, you might want to check it out. It's a great place to share questions, solutions, and successes. � Get your invite at

      I'm looking forward to meeting many of you in San Jose next week during WWDC.