So for someone like myself, you see, I can only guess that either no one is posting about Gaza and Palestine and very few about climate. Perhaps this is true. But I have no way of knowing.

One neat thing about Micro.blog is that it embraces the open web. It's a website, and thus is indexed by most general purpose search engines. So you don't have to guess, if you want to know if fellow Micro.bloggers posts about Gaza, search for site:micro.blog gaza using your favorite search engine.

But as search in Discover only yields results from posts previously featured it's incredibly limited.

Yeah, I'm with you, I wouldn't mind a more extensive search, either. 😊 But, between Manton's philosophy and the Discover timeline guidelines, I think it's pretty clear that we won't see full-text search nor political posts there anytime soon.

But let's pretend for a while that Manton suddenly changes his mind and makes all Micro.blog hosted blogs searchable, we would probably still have a hard time finding every interest under the sun represented. Why?

Because the Micro.blog community is relatively small, around 7,400 monthly active users. So the chance of finding a person who is both interested in and willing to blog about the Israel–Hamas war is slim compared to finding them, for example, on Facebook with its roughly 3,000,000,000 monthly active users.

The most diverse expression of humanity online you will find on the internet at large, we're currently around 5.3 billion people on here. So instead of looking for interesting folks based on which blogging software they use, I encourage everyone to start exploring the entire web. (And if you don't mind wandering off the beaten path, there's fascinating writing going on in people's gopher holes and capsules as well.)

Marginalia is a free search engine that focuses on the non-commercial web. Kagi is a paid for search engine which lets you search the small web. And then there's blogrolls and directories like Gossip's web and ooh.directory.