I couldn't resist and installed the MacOS Mojave public beta on the MacBook Air (not on my main Pro.)

Dark mode looks nice but will take a little getting used to. The only problem, however, is that a full dark mode removes the option to "Use dark menu bar and dock" which I would still prefer to do in light mode.


Fresh from going "back to the blog" Dan Cohen wrote an interesting piece about why he wanted to also take more control of his social presence.

His solution? Use a hosted micro.blog account and link it to a subdomain on his own site. A common setup.

Despite the shortcomings of other alternatives he explains how he has "continued to prospect for a post-Twitter life over the years". Opting for micro.blog illustrates how different people see and use such a service.

As I've written on a number of occasions, micro.blog is a multi-faceted beast - part blog hosting solution, part social timeline. Using it as a Twitter alternative indicates the latter is more the focus. And that's fine.

It leads me to wonder, though, how many of those with hosted blogs use micro.blog as a social network and forget that their items are actually blog posts.

Does it matter?

The flexibility of a service like micro.blog means it can be different things to different people but could that have a downside?

Ownership and control of our words, having them on a blog rather than in a social network, is likely to make us more considerate of what we post. When we can abdicate (rightly or wrongly) a certain degree of responsibility over our words because they are thrown into a social maelstrom, safe in the knowledge they'll be soon lost in the storm, it makes us less likely to think before we post.

Treating something as just a Twitter replacement could negate this sense of ownership. When it is also a blogging platform, where your words are readily accessible long term, the more disposable behaviour of a social network may cause problems in such an environment.