Using D* as a Blog?

Some people have the idea to create their profiles as a Blog ( see this example ), but this may need some new features to create a comfortable environment.

For example:

  • Some people don’t like that posts get “buried”, mainly for their blogs, so some automatic linkage will be an interesting feature.
  • We could use a special tag (like #blog) for dividing personal posts and blog-posts.
  • The profile page could have two tabs: “General” and “Blog”. Clicking at the “Blog” tab you can see all the user’s #blog-tagged posts.

I think there’s another related discussion, but in my opinion has a different subject:

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Some comments about the title:

Automatic Linkage

With this I mean, to create in the blog page a panel or a section where you can find lot of links pointing to:

  • Tags used or
  • A date list when you blog-posted something.

The #blog Tag

This may not need any implementation at all, but will be useful if we can find someones posts tagged with this.

Nowadays if you search using this tag you’ll find everybody’s public posts!

Might be a nice idea to give a user profile some more functionality. I am not sure about the #blog tag. Yes, we could use it right now and that’s amazing as always. But we shouldn’t propagate this tag as special or stuff. Maybe we should have a (customizable?) tagcloud in the user-profile so I can get all postings by that user with that #tag.

Also another thing that would be needed for better blogging support is anonymous commenting, without a Diaspora account. That and improved opengraph/etc tags and Diaspora could be really good for blogging.

I love @rasmusfuhse 's idea of a tagcloud! And I like the idea of making D* more blog friendly but I’m not so sure about the how to make this happen. We would need to think exactly how this could work but my initial reaction to the blog tag idea is that it could be a bit clunky.

I have been looking in the database and noticed that nearly all registered accounts have not been accessed since the day of registration. After reaching out to some of them, it has become obvious that many were looking for blog type features. After realizing that what they came for (facebook killer) didn’t exist, they didn’t even test it out to see if there were even any better features available with diaspora.

Diaspora needs obvious blog features if we want it to be a common place to find our friends and family that we hang out with in person.

I am a blogger and would love to see it on diaspora. it neans ghat almist all my social online life would be complete just by signing into d*

@karthikeyanak you’re a Ruby coder right? Want to do this? :slight_smile:

Yup, but am too lazy. Will try to try.

i would like to make the blog feature more “hard implemented”. Maybe we could create “independent aspects”, which are independent from people or users and are just “categories” I can show on my profile.

In short: It would be the “#blog on profile” idea, but made with an aspect, so that we could make more than one blog. (Maybe if you’re are a Linux-User, but you are also interested politics, you don’t want to mix these things up)

What about pingbacks/trackbacks?

It would be something, I’d expect from a blogging software.

stuff like that could be implemented as “services” (like we currently have it with FB, Twitter,…)

apart from that, posting to a Wordpress blog should be possible for quite some time now.


Hi, a simple idea : add a line of tags under the line where “posts” “photos” are on the new profile page when “posts” is selected : when you click on a tag you should see all posts with this tag only (according to public/limited access).

This is a “tag cloud” I guess but this list of tags could be simplified by being just the list of the first tag used in the messages. This would be the easiest to implement I guess.

The idea is to go on a person pages and click say “myfamillynews” tags to have news about his familly (if I have access to) , or “politics” to see what he shared about politics.

This could be used not only as a blog but as a general page with different infos accessible to different sets of people according to aspect lists.

I do not know coding in ruby but Would like to learn just to implement that !

It occurred to me a great idea. Why not use a blog as a blog? It is a joke.

I think it’s a good idea to create some tools that facilitate use Diaspora as a blog, but I’m not sure that people correctly well and in the end can only bring confusion. I like to keep diaspora as a clear and easy to use system.

I believe this would not bring any confusion since the tag line would be only visible on profile page of a person. The flux view would not be changed. Profile page would not be useable as a real blog, but more like an access to posts of a person ordered by tags.

::access to posts of a person ordered by tags.:: i,m agree this

bump on this feature, it’s a good idea!

Blog support might be nice, but isn’t it going to complicate things? diaspora* is a social network, and while it’s nature might be nice for blogging, some things might need to get implemented to support quality blogging.

My concern is if it won’t clutter diaspora* and ‘derail’ it from it’s main aim: to be a decentralized* social network. If no blog support is added, it will stay like that. If some basic support is implemented, we might have usable-for-blogging-but-not-really experience. If the feature is fully supported, isn’t it going to encumber diaspora* with useless additions for most people?

I understand your point, but the simplified cloud tags (with say different font size according to usages) in the profile page is not that much of an addition. And this would just provide a very basic blogging experience. It is just a way to have all tagged related post of one personn in a separate stream. Very usefull for anybody in fact : say I want to erase all my #petition posts, I would just have them in a clic. And if some people choose to use their profile page for basic blogging with public posts I guess this will help Diaspora to be known by non users. (I chose to do that instead of using a classic blog : to get people to know Diaspora !

Public posts visible for non users already cross the bridge to blog posts compared to Diaspora being just a social network.