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Going Micro with micro.blog

I think many content creators have an uneasy alliance with Twitter. They might like the ability to share thoughts with a wider audience, but dislike having their content and thoughts housed in a proprietary silo. One developer recognized this, and created a service called micro.blog after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The best summary of micro.blog was contained in a blog post on the site:

Instead of yet another social network, Micro.blog is designed to work with the open web. It’s built on RSS and independent microblogs. It’s about pulling together short posts and making them more useful and easier to interact with. It prioritizes both a safe community of microblogs as well as the freedom to post to your own site.

The service’s About page also explains the concept further:

Instead of trying to be a full social network, Micro.blog is a thin layer that glues the open web together, making it more useful. Micro.blog adds discovery and conversations on top of previously unconnected blog posts.

With micro.blog, you can publish to your own domain name (or publish through micro.blog) and control your own content. Even if you publish to your own domain name, you can always see your posts in a familiar timeline interface at micro.blog or its apps, along with with centralized replies and favorites. In a way, your posts live at two places at once.

You may have already noticed a couple of shorter posts here at 40Tech over the past 24 hours. Those are posts that I initiated through the micro.blog app. Given my time constraints over the last few months, I can see myself posting in this format a bit more frequently. 1 I also realize this could be something I try for a while, but don’t stick with for the long haul. We’ll see. For now, my posts will crosspost to my Twitter account as well.

If you want to give micro.blog a try, you can register. The basic service is free if you don’t need hosting (it may work with some free hosting services, like Tumblr). Micro.blog also offers a $5/month plan if you want them to host your microblog. If you host your own site, you can pay $2 per month for cross posting to Twitter and Facebook.

You can see my microblogging posts here at 40Tech, or at micro.blog/40tech.


  1. Yes, I recognize the irony of describing a microblogging service with a long blog post.


Scrivener for iOS Submitted to App Store for Review

Update: In the forum post mentioned below, the developer has announced that Apple has approved Scrivener for iOS and the release date is Wednesday, July 20. 

I’ve been writing quite a bit about the upcoming release of Scrivener for iOS. Soon, I should be able to write about the actual app, as the developer just submitted it for review to the App Store.

Scrivener for iOS

The developer announced this in a forum post. Scroll toward the bottom of the post to see the news. Even if it is quickly approved, the developer announced the app won’t go on sale until the end of next week, as the company needs to get some other loose ends tied up.


Scrivener for iOS Teaser Video

Literature and Latte, the developer behind Scrivener, has announced that the iOS version of the popular writing app will be released next month. In the blog post, the company has also teased a short video. It looks like we’re almost there, at last. Pricing has also been announced.

Scrivener will work on any device running iOS 9.0 or above. You could tap out a whole novel on your iPhone, or spread out on an iPad Pro. It will cost $19.99, and will be coming to an iPad or iPhone near you in late July (App Store review times depending).

Follow the link to see the video.

Scrivener for iOS: It’s Time to Talk – The Cellar Door


Scrivener Beta Expands

Scrivener is a fantastic writing tool. If you’re a lawyer, it’s even great for writing briefs. Scrievener currently lacks an iOS app, but that should change soon. In April, Scrivener for iOS entered closed beta. Now, it sounds like the release is getting even closer.

Scrivener for iOS has been in closed beta with around 75 people for the past month. We’re now looking to expand the beta group, so are throwing open the doors to volunteers. If you’re interested in helping test Scrivener for iOS, read on!
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We only have a limited number of beta testing spots available, and right now we’re looking to add between 200 and 250 new people to the pool.
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The beta so far has been going great, with beta testers using Scrivener for iOS every day without any real problems.

I can’t wait to see this, but I’m not going to apply for the beta test – they need people to truly contribute to find bugs, etc., and I’d worry I’d just want an early peek at the app.

Guinea Pigs Wanted! – The Cellar Door


Writing Legal Briefs with Scrivener

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WordPerfect 5.1 is legendary among tech geeks of a certain age, and still has devoted users. I used various incarnations of WordPerfect as my main word processor and brief[1] writing tool until just a few years ago, when I succumbed to the inevitable force of change, and switched to Microsoft Word. Now, though, I’m not even using a traditional word processor as my main brief writing application, because I’ve discovered that Scrivener is a fantastic tool for that purpose.

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