Micro.blog (the site this blog is hosted on) is a blogging platform and social networking site designed for human-driven (rather than machine-driven) interaction.
On Micro.blog, you can write short “micro” posts or longer content. You can comment or reply to other blogs. You can host a blog with your own domain name, or it can connect to an existing blog hosted on Wordpress or elsewhere. You can add “bookmarks”, which are essentially private “likes” (no one else can see them). You can see who other accounts are following, to learn about other blogs you might want to follow. You own your content and can export it at any time.
You can’t see a list of everyone who follows a specific user, or know how many people do. You can’t amplify other content except by adding your own reply. You can’t use “likes” as a measure of popularity. All of these prevent the worst sides of human nature that other social networks try to exploit.
I cautiously hooked this Micro.blog up to a new Twitter account, to hopefully make more people aware of Micro.blog and the rest of the things I’ll be sharing on here.
To me, it seems like Micro.blog has tried to take the best parts of Twitter and leaving the rest, not to duplicate or replace it. But maybe we’ll all get lucky and it will replace Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram and…) anyway.