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Support AP-style mentions of centralized social media accounts #319

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thebaer commented Jun 8, 2020

This allows users to easily link to users on the following non-ActivityPub platforms:


Of course, since these platforms don't speak ActivityPub, mentioned users won't be notified. But for example, adding in a post will send users to the correct Twitter profile when clicked.

This also adds missing error handling in federatePost().

What does everyone think about adding this? Would love to hear your feedback.

This allows users to mention users on the following non-ActivityPub
social media sites:


It also adds missing error handling in federatePost().
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shinenelson commented Jun 8, 2020

I'm not sure whether this would categorize as a whole separate feature in itself, but I'm going to put it out there anyway.

How about implementing IndieWeb POSSE and backfeed?

I'm aware that this is way beyond the scope of what this pull request is trying to do. I'm probably coming out of nowhere and stepping on your toes, but I thought it'd be a good idea that could also pave the way for a bigger discussion.

And to start the discussion, I'd say the advantage of implementing POSSE would be that the syndication of posts would be uniform everywhere and they'll all point back to one canonical URL.

And IF, at some point in the future, Twitter or other social media decide to embrace ActivityPub, this would still work backward compatible too.

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rgx1 commented Jun 8, 2020

I think this is a great idea.

I do use a couple of different Crossposters, and one of them, the one made by Renato Lond, does a beautiful job of bridging the platforms.

I have mentioned them both in a recent post.

Renato's output will look like this :


The link to the source post is live and working. Another crossposter I use does less well, creating less attractive output.


...although the link to source is present and working.

We could do better yet -- I could created a better looking post, with the full source URL hidden (and it will display so, even in the normal Mastodon instances), using the MarkDown support provided at my Glitch.Social instance.

Source looks like :


RT [@TheMedicaIVideo](

the beauty of brown eyes 👁`

And outputs :


That post is Here.

As I noted earlier this week upon experimentation, this looks wonderful on Glitch-Social, and will display hidden URL even on normal Mastodon 3.x.x instances.

There seems to be an allowance for these hidden URLs in posts originating from other platforms in Fediverse -- and while plain vanilla Mastodon WILL strip off Bold, Italics, etc, it will preserve the URLs as intended.

I love this -- and have made posts now that have up to 5 URLs included and not a single 'https' to be seen. Clean, elegant, functional.

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thebaer commented Jun 11, 2020

Thanks for the ideas! This is definitely a larger discussion that's out of scope for this PR, so let's move it to this thread on our forum -- the right place for these kinds of discussions.

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shinenelson commented Jun 11, 2020

agreed. I wasn't aware of the forum; or I didn't look enough. I should've just assumed that it existed though and looked for it because every community has a discourse these days 😄

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