Introducing Meridian

 Over the summer, Jon Hays and I started working on a new project to build a places database that can power location check-in apps. It’s based on OpenStreetMap, but focused just on places. We call it Meridian, and it has the amazing domain name latl.ong.

For years I’ve been using Foursquare to check into places like coffee shops, restaurants, and landmarks. I love having a record of places while traveling, and I’ve published many of them to a special blog. I just don’t like depending on a single company for this data.

Meridian is open source and separate from Micro.blog, but it will form the foundation for location check-in features in our apps like Sunlit and Micro.blog. You can see a little of what we have planned for Sunlit in these screenshots:

Why build something new like this? There seemed to be a missing platform for small location apps. Foursquare is increasingly interested in business customers. Google is full of ads. OpenStreetMap is a great start, but also has quite a learning curve. If all you want is nearby places, it’s too much work to bring along all the overhead of a full mapping API.

The architecture of Meridian will allow other platforms like Micro.blog to host their own copy of the data, feeding back into Meridian and OpenStreetMap. The goal is to design something as distributed as possible, where multiple people using different apps can add new places to grow the database, while still having an API that is simple to use. We’ll iterate on it slowly but there are already some pieces in place to start experimenting with. Should be fun!

Manton Reece

26 Sep 2022 at 15:48
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If you use Obsidian, check out what @otaviocc has been doing with Micro.publish, a plug-in to publish notes to Micro.blog. It’s in review to be added to the community plug-ins list too.

Manton Reece

26 Sep 2022 at 15:34
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Over the weekend we made a bunch of little refinements to Micro.blog on the web. Here’s a screenshot of the Bookshelves page which now has recent book covers.

Manton Reece

26 Sep 2022 at 14:08
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About to queue up the latest House of the Dragon. I’m skeptical that they are taking the star of the show and switching to a different actress as the character ages, mid-season. 📺

Manton Reece

26 Sep 2022 at 02:00
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Andor episode 3 was great. Worth the kind of slow build up to get there. Also really enjoying Rings of Power… What a time for TV. 📺

Manton Reece

26 Sep 2022 at 01:54
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Love the small empire of social web-y tools @neatnik is building over on omg.lol. Keeping an eye on things we might be able to integrate with in the future, if it makes sense.

Manton Reece

25 Sep 2022 at 16:37
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MetroRail near the MLK station a couple days ago.

Manton Reece

25 Sep 2022 at 15:31
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Rolled out a couple improvements to the Posts page in Micro.blog on the web for phones, as well as fixes to a few other pages. I find myself using the web version more as we work on 3.0 for iOS, finding little things I hadn’t noticed before that needed fixing.

Manton Reece

25 Sep 2022 at 03:29
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Shipped a couple updates to Epilogue for iOS in the last week. I’m using this app every day now and like the way it’s shaping up.

Manton Reece

24 Sep 2022 at 18:11
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New Core Intuition! We talk about @danielpunkass getting detoured into working on FastScripts, and the benefit of “quick wins”: smaller features that can be implemented quickly and rolled out to customers in days, to balance longer-term releases.

Manton Reece

24 Sep 2022 at 17:46
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Hadestown was great. Wait for Me is a new favorite.

Manton Reece

24 Sep 2022 at 05:47
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Waterloo Park with the capitol mirrored in windows.

Manton Reece

22 Sep 2022 at 23:06
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Great new Micro.blog plug-in from @sod: Search Space! In beta, but I installed it already on my blog to try out and it works really well. Nice upgrade from my old search page plug-in.

Manton Reece

22 Sep 2022 at 18:52
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If you’re on the Micro.blog for Android beta, check out version 1.2 which adds improvements that we had been working on for the iOS version. We plan to continue shipping new features on Android as the iOS beta progresses. 🤖

Manton Reece

22 Sep 2022 at 14:21
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Finished reading: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Wonderful characters. Starts kind of all over the place (by design) and really comes together nicely. 📚

Manton Reece

22 Sep 2022 at 02:09
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My book reading has been a little random lately, bouncing between a few novels based on mood and what is due in Libby soon. On track to read more books in a year than I ever have before. 📚

Manton Reece

21 Sep 2022 at 21:18
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Spotify continues their push into audio with audiobooks… I don’t love Spotify trying to dominate all audio, especially podcasts, but on the other hand the audiobook industry probably needs a little competition.

Manton Reece

21 Sep 2022 at 16:34

Introducing the Micro.blog Family plan

 Today we rolled out a new subscription option: Micro.blog Family, designed for up to 5 people with all the features of Micro.blog Premium. It’s $15/month and you can upgrade on the “Plans” page in Micro.blog.

Over 2 years ago we added a Teams plan with unlimited users, but it was never quite right. Micro.blog started around personal microblogs and it felt like too big of a jump to expect that larger companies would start using Micro.blog regularly. Micro.blog Family fits better with our mission and is a more natural upgrade for folks who want to bring family or friends together around a blog. I’m using it for a travel blog for my family, and we think it’s a good fit for photo blogs and family email newsletters too.

Manton Reece

20 Sep 2022 at 14:39
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A couple nights ago at Kelly Reeves.

Manton Reece

20 Sep 2022 at 01:45



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