With the idea of Micropub allowing the ability to create updates, why couldn’t one build (or even modify) a Micropub client to create an interface to write relatively short updates with (date and timestamps to appear in the text) that, when published, concatenated that new piece of content into a longer piece of running text to send an updated Micropub request to an article or note on a site to allow that article to become an updating liveblog post?
I’m a bit shocked that no one has done it before now, and I suspect that one of the pre-existing micropub clients out there could probably add the functionality as a one day project at an upcoming IndieWebCamp.
I don’t suspect it was the sort of Micropub functionality that Kevin Marks was thinking about doing this weekend, but Noter Live comes pretty close to having a lot of this sort of UI already. Instead of just doing a single Micropub post at the end of a Twitter thread, why couldn’t it do an initial post at the beginning and then update the site with subsequent updates as it goes along while also acting as a means of syndicating the posts to Twitter and then returning those Twitter permalinks as syndication links on the user’s own site?
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Interesting idea! Will not be used by me and I don’t know if it’s to specific for only one or two people. But thanks to the #indieweb all the needed techniques are already there. Especially for static sites – like mine, which is Hugo powered – a constant rebuilding is time & resource intensive and could be a blocking point for such live updates.
René, there are definitely examples of Micropub servers out there for static sites, including at least one for Hugo: https://indieweb.org/Micropub/Servers#Hugo
There was also a session on Static Websites and Micropub at IWC London this weekend. The notes are available, but the video should be up sometime soon if you’re interested.
I love this idea Chris. I imagine that the ability to add to/update a post could possibly be used in regards to books and marginalia too.