For the Articles
I’ve tested how federation works with various platforms with the WordPress ActivityPub plugin in Note mode. That’s intended for short posts like a tweet or a short Facebook status, and since most of the Fediverse grew out of social network platforms, that’s what most of them use — which means most of them can also read that type of activity!
There’s no size limit in the spec, and in practice, Notes are only limited by the composing software. And even that is typically configurable. There are Mastodon instances that will let you write more than 500 characters. (GRRM needs one of those, I think.) GoToSocial, Misskey and Pleroma all default to longer limits, and you can set them to allow even longer posts. So you can generally read a longer post in anything.
This isn’t really a quote from another article, I’m just testing to see whether the fact that it’s a quote is preserved at all. Because if it’s not, it could change the meaning of the post if it’s not clear from context someone else said this.
More than Notes
But a longer blog post doesn’t really fit the model. Not just that it’s long. It probably has a title, maybe an excerpt, maybe subheadings, tables or inline images. That’s what ActivityPub’s Article type is for.
Off the top of my head:
Bookwyrm uses Article for reviewsPlume and WriteFreely use Article for blog posts
The problem is that not every platform handles Articles well. Mastodon will only show you the title with a link (and preview) to the original post, which is at least okay, but not fantastic. Some platforms don’t support it at all (yet!) That’s why the plugin I’m using defaults to using Note instead.
I’m trying to switch the settings to share posts as Articles or map the WordPress post type to the corresponding ActivityPub type. But I want to see how various platforms currently handle the article, images, etc. post types so I can
Report bugs where applicableDecide when (if) to make the same switch on my main blog.
…without breaking live compatibility or cluttering up the live site with test posts.
Unfortunately the settings don’t seem to be taking effect, and it’s still always sharing posts as Notes.
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