Bookmarked Almost Everything About Goodreads Is Broken (Medium)

What Goodreads is good for is keeping your own list of books you want to read or have read this year. It’s a list-making app. And while that’s useful, it doesn’t live up to the company’s full promise of being a haven for readers. Readers and authors deserve a better online community. And while Amazon has at least some nominal interest in improving many of its other products — Alexa, for example, becomes more advanced with each passing year — Goodreads lingers in the dustbin of the early aughts, doomed to the hideous beige design and uninspiring organization of a strip mall doctor’s office.

Angela Lashbrook analyses Goodreads and highlights a raft of limitations associated with the site. I wonder if a future possibility would be to create a federated site to support book clubs etc, in the same way that Pixelfed and Mastadon offer alternatives to Instagram and Twitter. This could be supported by micropub clients like indiebookclub which allows users to provide updates on what they are reading.
Liked Version 2.0 of the Micropub Plugin Released by David ShanskeDavid Shanske

At the Indieweb Summit in June, someone said something to me that made me decide to embark on a major rewrite of the Micropub endpoint for WordPress.
For those of you not familiar with it, Micropub is a standard that allows for you to publish to a website.
The major work on this actually finished in…

Bookmarked swentel/indigenous-android (GitHub)

indigenous-android – An app with extensions for sharing information to micropub endpoints and reading from microsub endpoints

I have started testing the alphas version of Indigenous on Android:

An app with extensions for sharing information to micropub endpoints and reading from microsub endpoints.

Here are my initial observations:

  • Connecting with Apeture: So far I have been unsuccessful with my efforts to connect to Aperture, although the display has changed.
  • Starting with a capital letter: One of the minor points I had was that responses begin with lower case, rather than a capital. On a desktop this is fine, but it can be frustrating on a mobile device.
  • Share Via: Sharing the native ‘Share’ functionality often adds the title and link into the link field. I have found this when sharing from Twitter and Inoreader.
  • There is no means of ‘cancelling’ a post. If you open the window to ‘like’ a post but then change your mind, there is no obvious answer for cancelling the action, as clicking ‘back’ has the same consequence as clicking ‘post’.

I am sure there are other things, but at least this is a start. Maybe I need to look at the issues on Github and add my issues there.

Listened An Indieweb Podcast- Episode 2: IndieAuth by David ShanskeDavid Shanske from David Shanske

I must admit, I am still getting my head around all the Micropub stuff. This discussion involving David Shanske and Chris Aldrich was helpful. Although I still have questions, it helped with making a bit more sense of Aaron Parecki’s IndieWeb Reader.