As I hinted on Twitter the other night, I have been working on a secret new stack that lets you embed a Mastodon social media timeline directly within RapidWeaver. We are using AJAX / JSON and the Mastodon API. This means the content is embedded as an actual part of your webpage, rather than just an iFrame.
Mastodon does not have a huge following currently. Which is actually kind of nice!
Of all the Twitter-alternatives that have come and gone (example, App.net) Mastodon has proven the most popular and successful so far. Because it has a very open ethos and has been setup in such a way that anybody can install instances of the software on a web server.
What’s nice about Mastodon is that it presents a TweetDeck style user interface of multiple columns, a chronological timeline of ‘toots’, no advertising or promoted content, no nasty tracking and mostly a higher user intellect. Each ‘toot’ can be up-to 500 characters long, scheduled posting is supported and toots can include basic content like images, video clips and links - potentially making this platform appealing to micro bloggers. Mobile apps exist too.
If you are already on Mastodon and interested in trying this stack out, I have put together a quick Dropbox download exclusively for rw4all forum members here:
It’s top secret laboratory stuff - nobody else outside of the rw4all forum knowns about this yet!
There is a ‘readme’ file in the download, with some basic setup instructions. I have also included a sample RW8 project file and a screenshot of what the finished thing looks like.
There is currently no download or documentation for this stack elsewhere. So consider it a Beta release. It’s a bit of a hobby project. I had a few hours spare while watching TV and simply wanted to see if Mastodon inside RapidWeaver was feasible to do - and I found it is!
I signed up for a Mastodon account last Autumn but have not used it much yet. I hope to use it much more over the coming weeks.
If this stack proves of use or interest, then we’ll push it further towards making it a general release. I plan to keep it as a free stack.