How I think LongPosts will promote App.net further

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 90 views

— by epramono

I have to be honest. It's been a while since I've been active on App.net. I've been swamped with work and information overload. I've taken a look at ADN Blogs when it first launched a few weeks ago, but I couldn't wrap my head around it.

Today, I decided to give it another go. I think LongPosts is an awesome way to extend App.net and make it a class on its own.

First, I think LongPosts looks more like Medium, the new publishing platform from Evan Williams. If LongPosts introduces collections as a way to group posts on similar topics, it's going to look exactly like a Medium collection. I'd say it's a natural evolution from the current LongPosts form. Pre-defined collections help to inspire people to write in context and readers to select the ones that interest them most.

Second, I think LongPosts allows non-ADN users to get a glimpse of what they could do on the platform. I'm pretty sure that this is a good way to promote App.net to new users, especially to the ones who are eager to write and collaborate on a social platform like App.net.

Finally, clicking on the Link to Conversation on ADN would redirect them to the Alpha and see the user profiles in addition to the conversation. This is currently the only way in LongPosts to know about the person who writes the post and makes the replies, but it's also a good way to let non-ADN users to learn more about the platform and the users.

I have high hopes that LongPosts would not only promote App.net, but also leverage it to a class of its own and leave its current renowned status as a Twitter's alternative. I'm looking forward to see more inbound links to LongPosts writing in my Twitter and App.net timeline.

Bravo, @jazzychad!


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