I don’t know if it’s a feature or a bug, but the other day I realized that all of the home feeds at Micro.blog are all public. In other words, if you want to see what someone else sees as their home feed when they sign into Micro.blog, you can do that. Just go to https://micro.blog/feeds/[username].json. You don’t even have to be signed in or have a Micro.blog account for this. Take Manton’s for instance. Here are some of the posts at the top of his feed. From Sven:

The more I post these little posts without a title the more I realize how much more difficult posts with title are. One has to put much more thought into the whole thing, which is somehow an extra threshold. Meaning: this much more fun

And also this from Francisco Cantu1 regarding WWDC:

Got in line at 3 AM to almost no line. Right now it’s still a very short line compared to previous years.

Viewing someone else’s home feed is something you could do pretty easily on any platform, if you really wanted to. Just get the list of people that person is following, follow those people yourself, and reload your home feed. In theory you could do this with any service. But I don’t know of a service where you can go to the feed and see what they’re seeing instantly like this, without having to do any work. It’s actually really cool. You learn as much about someone by what they choose to read as by what they choose to write.

If you didn’t back the Kickstarter campaign for Micro.blog, you can’t log in since it hasn’t yet opened to the general public, but it’s fun poking around the edges to see how people are using it.

  1. One thing that will be interesting to watch is how many Micro.blog accounts are just using the built-in service ([usernamme].micro.blob) instead of building their own microblog on their own domain. I like the idea of people using the built-in one since it financially supports the service, but I dislike it in the sense that the URLs to individual micro posts doesn’t feel any more “open web” than links to Twitter tweets. The whole point here is decentralization and owning your content. Hopefully we’ll see a nice balance of the two types of accounts. Personally I’m planning on providing my own micro blog once Micro.blog opens up to the general public. In fact, I’m playing with one right now at martynchamberlin.com. ↩︎