It's limited to Public blogs right now (a paid feature) so we can slowly roll this out and plug holes as needed -- once I'm confident things are stable in the next few days, it'll be available to everyone for free.
You can read a bit more about the update, and I'd love to hear any feedback / ideas / bugs here! https://discuss.write.as/t/activitypub-support/64
In the web UI of Mastodon, you enter the address of the thing you're trying to follow in the search box, and you will get a result with an option to follow.
And I must say, that's pretty friggin cool. 😮 Thank-you Mastodon, ActivityPub, and write.as!
You'll notice this with new Mastodon accounts too -- Masto just doesn't fetch old posts. But once someone on your instance is following an account, you'll start to see the profile populated with posts
@konc Hadn't thought of that, that could work if Masto/platforms will allow dots in the username part of the handle. The user lookup happens depending on what comes after the second '@', so I was assuming we'd use the custom domain as that part -- but I'll see what happens when it's the username part.
@konc Yep, the blog title / display name and description show up in the profile automatically. @blog for the first half could be a good one, though the second half always has to be a valid domain to look the user up on, like email.
I'm thinking the ability to customize the first half would be nice, especially if someone's using a domain like blog.example.com. But until then, I'll try a default of @email@example.com
@Algot I see, yeah it's meant to link directly to the blog, but Mastodon clients should recognize it as an account they can open. But at least one person mentioned that this wasn't happening before -- possibly due to an early bug on our end.
So you can also search for firstname.lastname@example.org in Mastodon and it should pull up the account and let you follow it.
@0x1C3B00DA Yeah, right now everything's only confirmed with Mastodon. #Pleroma doesn't send acct: scheme in WebFinger requests, meaning search fails, and then does something different when sending Follow requests that I need to debug (https://m.abunchtell.com/@writeas_dev/100515267086045961)
Once everything's stable I'll start working on supporting other platforms, starting with Pleroma
#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! 🎉 🎊
Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: https://write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"
Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!
@write_as fascinating to have the option to turn federation off and on per *user* (rather than per instance). I wonder if this could be made an option in micro-blogging apps like (eg #GNUsocial, #Mastodon), as well as in other federated tools like #Hubzilla and #Friendica? Each user could toggle federation on and off from the POV of their UI, without impacting on what anyone else on the instance can and can't access.