5 Days with Micro.blog

Micro.blog is a great thing if you’re fed up with Facebook, Twitter, and the like. But is it the best solution when you’re seeking an alternative?

Well, sorry but I have to say bye to micro.blog at the moment, though I still think it’s an amazing service. The founder Mr. Manton Reece seems too busy to care about my concerns (except for enabling SSL for me and having some convos in Micro.blog’s timeline), but I’ve tried the ins and outs for almost five days to see if it was within my comfort zone. There’s the good and the bad, but it’s still improving. A lot of new features are going on, while Mr. Reece is on the go perfecting another project Sunlit 2.0.

Micro.blog public timeline

(?Micro.blog’s public timeline)

Micro.blog is not only a service but a platform. Different from those on Twitter or Facebook, social protocols there are quite interesting. Say, you never know who’s following you, and what you see there is geek talks and real cool people. That’s understandable because people outside the realm of microblogging are normally less likely to run a self-hosted microblog, even not likely to own an independent blog. Birds of a feather flock together.

(?7 days’ trial is almost over)

While I am not going to upgrade to the $5/mo plan, I’m still a fan of it. I benefit from its design and the philosophy behind that way. Minimalism and simplicity. They’re not going to change as time elapses. Inspired by it, I finished redesigning my own website in three days. Based on WordPress, it has been tailored to my specific needs. I wanted it to be a one-man Twitter without typical social features: like, share, and retweet. All I need is a simple log of my life and thoughts.

(Click here to see the pricing of Micro.blog’s services)

I do have my concerns. For example, I spend half of a year in China and my social contacts are largely based in China. If their paid service should be blocked by the Great Firewall, that would be a sad story. Wix.com has not even come up with an effective solution to this, only to notify users in China that they may not provide services in full. I guess Mr. Reece would have to ponder over such issues if Micro.blog saw a quick surge in its popularity.

Still, I feel concerned with seeing the progress of Micro.blog and other products from Mr. Manton Reece and his team. And I won’t rule out the likelihood of returning to Micro.blog some day for some reason.

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