Jean MacDonald

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Curating a Community Timeline During a Crisis

One of my jobs as community manager at Micro.blog is to sort through everything posted to the platform and select posts to highlight via our Discover timeline.

The Discover timeline is where new members of the community can find other members to follow, and where the community can find introductions from new members and follow them. For more details about the details of the philosophy and principles of the Discover timeline, see my blog post.

In the last month, this curation has become challenging. It’s not the influx of new members, who are interested in spinning up their independent microblogs to either record their quarantine experiences or distract themselves with new projects.* It is the reality that the majority of posts are related to the challenges we are facing: staying home, procuring groceries, schooling children, staying healthy and active, missing our friends and families and our public gathering places.

I’ve experienced some burn-out lately, living through all of your experiences vicariously while managing my own stressors. I took the holiday weekend off. This week, as an experiment, I’m not going to add any obvious coronavirus-related posts to Discover. It will make it easier for me to skim the aggregate timeline, and it will be interesting to hear your feedback on what it’s like having a virus-free reading experience.

I believe the Discover timeline should reflect what people are interested in, but given the fact that you are probably getting pandemic content everywhere else, maybe you’ll enjoy a respite. I also believe that community members can be a great support to each other, sharing mutual concerns and offering solutions. That won’t stop.

Take care, everyone, and thank you for continue to support Micro.blog. It means a lot to us.

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