Vincent Ritter

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Gluon for

An app for both iOS and Android, built on React Native, for

Gluon is a highly opinionated, but customisable, cross platform app for Android and iOS for

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the Gluon website. Or keep scrolling to read the development blog.

With Gluon, you can do the following:

* Posting is available for hosted sites only. Posting to third-party blogs is coming soon.

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I'm now cross posting my dev diary posts for Gluon to the gluon account on It's experimental, but I like the idea to cross post relevant posts there also. If you don't like it, let me know.

Also have added the special #mbmay timeline link to Gluon. Find it in "Discover" -> "More" (top right) and you’ll see it featured. Long press to pin it to your discover timeline and it’ll auto update for you.

I have added the May 2022 Photo Challenge to Gluon and it’ll show up at the top of Discover with a prompt for each day. The new post icon will include your prompt if you start a new post straight there and then. Happy photo sharing 📸✌️

The Gluon Focus Challenge

Gluon, on iOS, shipped with a new Focus feature that gives you a little break from your timeline by disabling everything except mentions.

So I though, why not do a little challenge.

Starting May 1st, 2022, try to enable Focus Mode and stick with it for 7 days. So from Sunday to Sunday.

It's super easy to get started and for most you all you have to is navigate to your profile and you'll see the toggle at the top of it - just... toggle it.

Alternatively, head on over to the settings screen and find Focus mode (or you can tap on the "focus mode" text on the profile). Here you'll have a few options:

When Focus mode is enabled you have an extra options to hide all the tabs in the interface and only show mentions. Let's call this hardcore focus mode for now. Once toggled, Gluon will look like this:

Everything works as normal, except that you're only going to see your mentions. I think that's the best way to do it.

You can always toggle focus mode straight on your profile. Posting also works straight from the mentions screen.

So, what do you think? You're going to do it?

I will, and I welcome you to give it a try.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MICRO.BLOG MAY PHOTO CHALLENGE? Don't worry, it'll still be there and there will be a special section so you can see everything that was submitted. One thing I love about nothing disappears in the abyss.

Happy focusing 🧘‍♂️

Gluon version 2022.2 for iOS is fresh out of the oven. Get it whilst it’s fresh. Release notes here. Lots of great new stuff. ✌️❤️

Just submitted a new iOS build for Gluon for to the overlards (yes, lard... for fun). Some great new stuff that I should have shipped weeks ago. Next week I will work on a new website also.

Seriously thinking of adding an in-app subscription (yearly) option to Gluon. It’ll be totally optional. I’ve been looking at using RevenueCat (thank you to CoreInt)… they have good guides (unlike the mothership) and a React Native framework. $14.99 a year. Thoughts?

New Gluon iOS TestFlight coming out soon (Build 24).

  • [FIX] Fixes an issue with more posts being hidden than should have when you’re hiding replies on the main timeline. Also includes preparation for a new data point for this.
  • [NEW] Ability to hide avatars on timeline (Nitpicky).
  • [NEW] Ability to hide names on the timeline (Nitpicky).
  • [NEW] Adds an option to show if the post has any replies/mentions next to the date timestamp (Nitpicky).

Here is a quick preview of how those new ones look like combined.

This is what the long posts setting looks like in Gluon on the main timeline. Further down the line I will probably add an option to show a filter menu right there on the screen so it’s easy to toggle between them.

Two new nitpicky settings coming to Gluon a little later today on the iOS TestFlight.

  • Only show long posts. Which hides all micro posts on your main timeline/feed.
  • Hide all replies. Hides replies on the main timeline/feed.

A lot of TestFlight builds the past few days for Gluon. Sorry about that! That’s how I roll. Should be nearing the end of testing ✌️❤️

By accident I found the new default app icon for Gluon. Still not made it so… but you can try it in the latest Gluon TestFlight build. If people like it, I will do it. It’s the selected one.

I’m happy with the progress I made to Gluon with the new Focus Mode and Theme changes (Dark and Light accents colours depending on theme). Plus an extra tweak on how the timeline items render when jumping between conversations — feeling real snappy compared to before.

Oh don’t mind me and Gluon… now you have the ability to switch between accents, depending on the system theme. Also better handling of accents across the app now too. Coming today via the iOS TestFlight Build 11.

Pushed out one more iOS TestFlight (Build 8) for Gluon. I’ll do a small writeup tomorrow… but you can check the release notes for what I added. Main focus area… "focus mode" and an extra Nitpick setting.