I am getting more and more serious about adding support for ActivityPub `Article` posts in (my fork of) Mastodon. My vision: they DO NOT show up in your timeline but rather get sent straight into a kind of inbox for articles, like you might have on Instapaper or Pocket. Or maybe the stub shows up in your timeline (as it currently does) but then you click to open it on a new page in a "reader" format. Maybe treat them like DMs where you can have a separate queue of them. Still thinking...

@darius It's a good idea. I like they you're still thinking on it too. I feel like FB lost me when they added pictures, games, article stubs, etc. The thing *I liked about Twitter and Instagram was the simplicity. Adding more and more made timelines too cluttered for me.

I love @write_as and all the others implementing ActivityPub. Sometimes I wonder if some things are better handled by a client, though. Like a Pubsuite, I can click on longform, statuses, photos?

@darius Sorry, you didn't ask for my opinion and then I rambled on and on.

@sikkdays no it's okay! I do think there's a danger with services that try to support too many content types. The big problem right now is that many AP implementations are only implementing what Mastodon supports. I guess I could build my own Article reader but then what would it hook up to if everyone only supports Note? Hairy questions

@darius This has been my thinking too with creating / @read_as -- building services that can each focus on a limited scope of content types.

Maybe that'll provide some inspiration. It accepts Articles and Notes, since Pleroma supports 5000-char Notes and some Masto instances have >500 char limits. Supporting both is kind of like forward- and backward-compatibility. Having more service options out there means the fediverse can start evolving around them.


@darius Sounds like reinventing the RSS feed reader. Whole Mastodon UI is built around micro-blogging. Accommodating other types of content would need a major UI overhaul. IMO.

@darius why not a separate timeline for articles? Saying that bc the dm function isn’t the greatest and I don’t want more stuff clogging it up

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