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A no nonsense blogging and social network ready for the 21st century with an amazing community of real people. A network of independent microblogs, with replies, conversations, and a timeline to follow friends, backed by strong community guidelines. is the brain child of Manton Reece. He contacted me in 2021 to help him work on it and bring my skills to it. Can’t wait to see what this relationship brings in the long term. I am forever grateful for the opportunity and hope to blog more about it here (as one of my own).

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One more screenshot of the Android app… this is the menu you get when you press on the profile image of your account. We also have the usual tab bar, but of course there is so much more. Easy to expand later on too. Styles are not set in stone yet!

Took a little time this evening working on the profile screen in the Android app. Actually works similar to the iOS version. Here is an early version...

This is a short version:

You can see it truncates the text and also removes any new lines.

Now an expanded view of another:

Some profiles can be pretty long, so I decided to have a maximum height for now, and the rest can be scrolled with ease.

And yes, links can be visited.

Here is mine:

Pretty happy so far.

Next up is adding follow, unfollow and looking at the profile followers.

Working in the kitchen for a little bit, on the Android app. for Android dev diaries — Hello, Android!

Last week I shared a screenshot of something we’re working on at Specifically an Android app. Finally.

This has been a long time coming and it’s something that follows on from my work I’m doing with Gluon. Let’s just say that this “official” version is always the rewrite that I wanted to do and perhaps I’ll just take some of the new things 😜

For now my speciality is certainly creating apps using React Native… so as you expect this will also be based on it. Whilst I wish I could be using something like Jetpack Compose together with Kotlin, though the truth is that I won’t be very productive at all. At the moment I don’t have any creative space in my head to take on that learning curve.

The app, once finished, will also be opened sourced. I don’t mind showing off the work. I have my way to code. Love it or hate it 😎

What I can’t do is give you a release date… it’ll be ready when it’s ready. However, there will be blog posts about the development of it. Just like this one.

At the moment I am unsure what I’ll blog about. Most likely little snippets of what I’m up to, including some longer posts. Heck, you should know what I write about. Always good to get it out there.

As I’m building it in React Native you might think that there will also be an iOS app… This is not the case for this app build. We already have a great app for However, for now I have kept the iOS app more as a tech demo. Which means it works if you build it yourself. I’ve been trolling Manton with the iOS app already haha.

Anyway, I am happy to get this finally under the way and hope you all enjoy the process and updates as we go.

Super excited to get started with… oh… I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Super duper excited to get started on a new App project 🥳

Super happy with the dark mode tweaks that rolled out to today. Small stuff, but important ✌️ And as we say: "more to come".

Had a bit of a poopy day, so I worked on a tiny tweak to some stuff we’re doing. Already feeling better and calmer. ❤️

Oh… don’t mind me…

Did someone say Dark Mode for It’s coming up soon 😋 It’s only the first pass, but am happy with it — we’ll take feedback and will tweak as and when.