Plume announces new Alpha2 release

Plume, the federated blogging application, has announced a brand new alpha release! The platform has been growing in popularity over the last few months – to date, there are 19 different nodes with approximately 800 users spread between them. The largest instance, fediverse.blog, has served as a point of introduction for many fediverse users, and hosts several official blogs for other fediverse projects.

What’s new in Alpha 2?

There are a few fundamental adjustments that greatly improve the Plume experience:

Cleaner Visuals – Numerous design updates and fixes were made: Long-form articles are now handled better within Plume’s visual layout, input fields stand out more, and overall everything looks cleaner.

Cover Photos – articles now allow for a cover photo, which stands out more in article listings.

New Post Editor – A new post editor was introduced, and the team intends to expand it to make composing articles even easier in the future.

Plume’s new post editor in action.

Full-text Search – Plume now also features full-text search, which you can learn more about here.

Metadata – OpenGraph tags and microformats have been added to make articles more sharable on social networks

API – Plume now features a posting API, which may pave the way for integrations and desktop clients in the near future. A sample CLI app has been introduced to demonstrate what it can do so far.

Maintenance – users can now delete and edit blogs themselves.

Organizational Changes

There are a number of high-level changes also being made at the project level, in the hopes of stewarding an inclusive community that is welcoming to newcomers:

We’re happy to see Plume progress, and can’t wait to see what they have in store for their next release!

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