Jason Burk

Micro.blog "Responses"

@alcedine and I were talking about how favorites work on micro.blog (it really should have been a podcast episode!) and we were throwing around some of the following ideas regarding “likes, favorites, etc” and how they could work on micro.blog that would allow them to be effective communication tools and not fall into the zombie popularity issue that they are on other platforms.

What if it worked something like this?

You have two options:

  1. Active public participation through text reply.
  2. Active private participation through “microsponse” (micro response). *groan at that name, right!? You can select a mood/feeling for a given post you are reading. Each post you interact with can be seen by you in your timeline. [See Diagram 1 Below]

Given the two options above:

  1. You receive a notification in your “mentions” tab that a specific person has replied to one of your posts with a text response.
  2. In a side feed under your mentions, you see a running list of all “microsponses” you have received. [See Diagram 2 Below]

This type of setup allows for rich interactive discussions on micro.blog posts when wanted or necessary, but also allows for positive feedback to users when posting may not specifically require a full-text response.

The system allows for a 1-to-1 relationship with the “microsponse” so there are no popularity contests. Only the user leaving a “microsponse” knows what they have responded to, and every poster only knows that a post has received a response but doesn’t necessarily know who sent it, or how many each post has (there is no running dashboard). Each user can see the running list of “microsponses” they have received for an arbitrary amount of time, say 10 days. To the casual observer scrolling through their timeline, all posts appear to be void of any responses (except for public text responses of course).

For the reader it gives another way to provide feedback to users, and also allows the poster to have another avenue of response to the content they are creating.

It’s 10% of a fully realized idea, but it’s making sense to me so far. What do you think? Would you like something like this? Would this be good for the Micro.blog community as a whole? Leave a text reply or microsponse! 😉

*Note: All Microsponse emoji are negotiable of course! These are just placeholder examples.

Diagram 1

Micro blog microsponses

Diagram 2

Micro blog microsponses

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