Finding people to follow

The Micro.blog platform was designed, from the beginning, to prevent abuse and harassment. Your microblog is your own, where you are free to write about whatever you want, but we protect the timeline through a variety of tools and curation to prevent harassment via @-replies and mentions.

It’s not possible to search Micro.blog by topic or content. Micro.blog doesn’t support hashtags. While these policies prevent bad actors from finding people to harass, it does make it a bit harder for you to find people who share your interests. Here are some tips for finding new people to follow.

Check out the Discover timeline. The Discover timeline is curated by the Micro.blog team. We continually add posts that will educate, entertain, and pique the interest of the community at large. In addition, there is a search tool that will help you find people by name. There are also subcategories in Discoverfor a range of interests such as books, music, movies, baking, knitting, running and more.

Follow Micro Monday recommendations. Each week, folks post recommendations of others to follow. It’s our version of Twitter’s Follow Friday. There’s also a Micro Monday podcast, which features a short interview with a microblogger by community manager, Jean MacDonald (@jean); and a Micro Monday newsletter, where Micro.blog creator Manton Reece (@manton) surveys news and posts of interest.

Look at who other people are following. If you go to a user’s profile, you’ll see a link that says “Following x number of users you are not following.”

See all the replies from the people you are following. On the web, under Account, there is a Timeline setting “Show all posts and mentions.” This will show you replies to people who you are not following, and it’s a good way to find new people to follow. Once your timeline gets busy, you might change it so that you only see replies to people you are following.

Make it easier for like-minded people to find you.

  • Add something to your About me section, found under Account on the web. Let others know what your interests are.
  • If you pose a question to the community or post about your interests, your posts are more likely to be added to the Discover timeline, where other folks will find you.
  • Use emojitags so your posts appear in the special interest subcategories in the Discover section.
  • If you like someone else’s posts or photos, let them know. Micro.blog is a friendly, thoughtful community with strong guidelines against harassment. Commenting is the best way to connect.

Not sure if this will be helpful, but I am totally struggling with social aspect of the platform. Having basically turned myself into a hermit for the last 18 years, it bugs me when month after month goes by without interaction (aside from the occasional critter post). I have disabled the feed multiple times and may do so again because it seems healthier for me to know that I am talking to myself than to imaine I am talking to others. Anywho, not on the platform, I am a square peg trying to fit in a round hole.

Update: I guess I could probably just configure feed for my critters category to eliminate the problem I having mentally with the social aspect. May look into that today.