There are number of social web sites available, around the globe having bells and whistles, for instance, Google and Facebook which make users to create profiles, upload pictures, publish different multimedia, use it as blog and leave links there. But nowadays a totally new web ( though, not a new thing) with a very simple service, rapidly becoming the most bombast thing in the means of social networking inside the community of our mig33.
so what is the function of Miniblog? When you logged in after signing up with mig33, it gives you the opportunity of posting and receiving messages to a group of your-very-own-choosed contacts. You post only single message with your account instead of sending number of messages or mails and the service broadcasts that one message to all of your miniblog friends. Miggers use it to carry on a conversation, to make fun, to share their minds and to interconnect with their friends or acquaintances.
In this article I'll try to let you know about miniblog's Application Programming Interface (API) with my little knowledge & research. At the end we'd be knowing how actually POSTING works
What is a Post?
In short, A post is a message sent on miniblog. To get start with it you will have to sing up with mig33 first. You also need to have some friends and convince them to use it in order to make this thing fun otherwise you'd be, off course, typing to a void. You can keep you account on Public, meaning, anyone would be able to read your posts on your timeline or rather you can put your privacy settings to private letting only your friends (whom are following you) to catch your posts. You can build a your own network by inviting other members to read your posts by following you, and can follow others to read theirs posts.
It comes with little limitations, mostly due to the fact that it's called mini-blogging and its original focus is on cellular devices. You can post a message having only 140 characters in it. If you'd try to over cross it will simply makes you stop by giving an error. This thing serves, not only the way of making posts simple, short and sweet but also gives a big deal to storing server in the means of less size. One can use it to update other users, about what is going on or what he is thinking. Posts can only consists of texts. Members can't attach any picture or video with them. If anybody wants to do so, he'll have to first store that media on any other site & then he can put its direct link with his post. Miniblog, itself cutshort the links to conserve space.
It comes with verity of tools to make the things fun and less problematice. e.g if you found that your feeds are being bomberd by a particular member, you can stop it just by pressing "unfollow". If you find that you miss a user's updates, all you have to do is press "follow" button, and as long as he updates, your timeline would start being filled with his posts again.
speaking technology's language
There're two things RSS & ATOM which're based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. These languages identifity data within structures called documents. It gets aid of other markup langues by adding tags to define the data within the structures. Obviously, tags are hidden to users and only programmers use them so machine can define & manipulate the data with in the documents.
Miniblog is based on its Application programming Interface (API) . It's a collection of network precise documents that define resources & way to address & acces data. It's only a kind of philosophy, not blueprints- it needs no singal arrangement for servers, computers & cables. The miniblog works on the concept of Web syndication formats (WSF)
WSF is a simple concept: in this system, an application collects information (data) from one source and hands it out to various destinations. There are few syndication formats used on web. As far as I think, the (current) miniblog is compatible with Really Simple Syndication (RSS) . As I explained above, this format retrieve data from one source & convey it to other.
It consists of few lines of codes. A web page administrator embed it into the codes of his site. Visitors can subscribes to the site with RRS simply called a feed . The time he/she will subscribe, the time he/she will star getting updates of the site whenever the website gets any change or addition in it.
Miniblog uses the same feature, the explained above, to allow a user to post a message to the contacts of other users. In fact, minblog users are subscribes to other user's feed.
As the miniblog, is still in its starting days, being opened for Beta phase, to make it reliable & bug-free with the help of users, it does not contain any option/support for 3rd parties softwares/companies. If it didn't fell back & go on growing, we'll see the updations on major scale in it. Not only they'll inject their default features like games, emoticons, real-time chat, virtual gifts, store goods but shall also open their windows for others 3rd parties softwares, by following the twitter, to get interact with their blog.
To get a firm hold on the detail of these softwares & their advantages, you can google the supportive softwares for twitter on web.
Last but not least
This whole article were made for only purpose of showing the basics things behind miniblog & is not afflicated to any official progect.Moreover, I'm a fan user of miniblog, so you can follow me also on miniblog
keep exploring the world & don't ever hesitate to share your knowledge. See you!.