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Coming to a new Gluon TestFlight soon... profile accent colours. Just some fun really. Will add "emoji" badges and perhaps custom emoji images also. Planning to let other apps use the Gluon API to grab the data if they want (if there are any – HINT!).

There's a new TestFlight build out for Gluon on iOS (Build 27). Fixes the timeline jumping around like crazy (sorry 😞) and also adds a pure black/OLED mode when the dark theme is on (setting is in Appearance). Enjoy.

Currently thinking of how to get those "roll calls" into Gluon from And trying to keep on top of them... hmmm.

Tweaking dark mode in Gluon a little. I had a lot of feedback about dark mode being too dark (thanks Apple for not thinking through pure black). So being opinionated and allowed to change my mind...

I'll be sending out a new Gluon TestFlight later today once it lets me (seems they're having issues). It'll probably be the last build before I send it over to the "Empire".

If you're using Gluon, I'm looking for more beta testers for iOS. If that's you, please go ahead and check this section. I have a feeling this might be a longer beta. Share it with a friend! ❤️

Gluon: New TestFlight Build (2022.6, 22) – Release Notes

Howdy there, it's another day for some Gluon updates for you fine folks. I wanted to document these so it's easier for me to write once, and then also get those details into TestFlight (because their editor is worse than rotting garbage).

Thank you all for your suggestions, as usual, and hope to continue ticking things off (including, soon, the syncing... – oh wait).

Features in this release:

  • [NEW] Added an option to copy the plain text and/or HTML text through the context menu (long press on a feed item). This option allows you to do exactly that.
  • [NEW/Nitpicky] Adds an option to open URL links in reader mode (if supported on that website).
  • [NEW/Nitpicky] Adds an option to show an extra button in the header area that takes you directly to your pinned profiles. Hope that works for now.
  • [NEW/TWEAK] Adds the ability to automatically paste the content from the clipboard when tapping the link button on the Reply screen. No idea why I never added that here.
  • [TWEAK] Tweaks the loading indicator on a conversation screen. Now the header area shows a nice loading spinner, instead of that thing that never showed up, or maybe it did (if you know what I mean).
  • [NEW/TWEAK] Tweaked the image modal slightly with a new close icon, and two options to share the URL of the image (opening a share sheet) and also a link button that takes you directly to the page in your browser.
  • [FIX] Fixes an issue with deleting a post when on the Conversation screen.
  • [FIX] Fixes an issue with reloading an actual conversation after deleting a post (it never worked – lolz).

Some nice screenshots for you.

Pinned Profile button:

Copy plain and HTML options on a timeline (hard to see, and no, try and find it haha):

Image modal options:

Browsing my timelines, I sense that if Tapbots made an app for, then I can say bye bye to Gluon. Now what are the chances? I should have another year or two before that happens? 😋

I've been made aware of issues with filtering/muting hashtags in Gluon. Seems it's not so simple due to the way they are marked up. I'll get this working in the next iOS beta next week.

For anyone leaving feedback via TestFlight, for Gluon, just note that I don't often read them because Apple gives me no nice way to interact with you (nor tell me that I got feedback). Email the support@ address instead.

Just uploading a new TestFlight build for Gluon which adds a "Reply All" button when you're replying. It's fairly straight forward on how it works.

It'll add the usernames of anyone participating in the conversation, if not already in the reply text.

Hope that works for you all.

For anyone using the Gluon TestFlight builds, can you let me know if you like the new style push notifications? Thoughts?

I'm going to slow down with Gluon development until after the holidays, however it would be awesome if I can have a few more testers for iOS. Here is the link for TestFlight. More details on how the betas run is here. Hoping to remain slow though.

Funny story, the code I wrote for the new style push notifications (to get the mentions and get them all nice) in Gluon is 2 years old now. Just never got around to it. Although it only used an email notification on a mention (hint!) instead of push.

More info tomorrow.

Thank you all for your mentions and replies! I received them, thank you ❤️

There was an issue with replies coming from Fediverse users (via, and the content was empty instead of the message. So I fixed that now (I hope) ✌️