Upcoming Mastodon and ActivityPub support
I think federated services like Mastodon are what the web really needs, so I'm excited to add it as our next new publishing channel. We'll launch support in a few different working stages:
Cross-post to Writing Exchange. Users on our instance will be able to cross-post to their accounts there, and toots will essentially be the same thing cross-posted to Twitter, except with a 500-character limit.
Cross-post to any instance. Once we work out any potential issues, you'll be able to connect any Mastodon instance and cross-post there.
Once this is all done, we'll start on ActivityPub support. That will let you directly interact with the fediverse by optionally making your blog itself an account that people can follow and interact with from Mastodon (or any other service that speaks ActivityPub) — imagine a handle like @email@example.com or @firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see what this will look like in action on PeerTube, where people can soon comment on videos via Mastodon — it's really cool.
ActivityPub support is also a major milestone in our work towards an open source, fully-federated blogging platform — a distant goal of ours. There will be more information about that soon, but for now, keep an eye out for Mastodon cross-posting!