There's a new Card menu, with a single command, Clear Card.

Choose the command to start fresh. It empties the text box above the card image, and the image itself, as well as the text box in the left margin, under the hamburger icon. The image is replaced with a message asking you to drag an image there.

And now that there's a menu there, we may add some more commands.

08/20/14; 01:33:21 PM

Here's a little app, an editor for a single Facebook post. It's mainly for discussion. I'm interested in knowing what people think.

How to

  1. Sign on Facebook using the Sign on button in the upper left corner.

  2. Click the New button to start a new post. Click OK to confirm.

  3. Enter some text into the text area. When you're ready, click the Save button.

  4. The Go button is now enabled. Click it to open a new tab with the contents of your post, in Facebook.

  5. When you want to add or change the text, edit it in the text area and click Update. You can do this as many times as you like for as long as you like.

  6. When you want to start a new post, click the New button.

What it's useful for

  1. Live-blogging.

  2. Editing articles in a more professional feature-full way.

  3. Using Facebook for writing and maintaining docs.

If you have ideas, please post a comment, below.

Where we can go with this

  1. Cross-posting Facebook content to a blog, an RSS feed, other places that might pop up. (Note that it now becomes easier for new "places to pop up" because the content doesn't have to reside there exclusively. )

  2. To encourage other content systems to have easy APIs for cross-posting.

  3. Archiving Facebook content outside of Facebook.

  4. Sharing my blog content with Facebook readers, keeping the Facebook copy in sync with the blog content.

  5. Of course I want to hook an outliner up to this, to manage a library of Facebook posts. This is something I imagine a serious writer would use to compose content for Facebook. It very likely will get me writing in Facebook, seriously.

It's a strategic capability

People have said, many times, that Facebook wants to lock your content in its silo. The existence of this feature says otherwise. And it doesn't make sense that they would care whether your writing has a dual existence outside of Facebook. If anything, it means more real writing shows up in Facebook, and that seems like a good thing for everyone, including Facebook. As I see it, a win-win.

It's often surprisingly difficult to get vendors to provide an API that allows people to compose content outside of their environment. In other environments, for example WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and other blogging systems, APIs have always been part of the culture (a good thing). Now that we know how to do this with Facebook, we have a strong participant in the web, open in exactly the way we want all the others to be.

JavaScript code

Here's a bit of JS code that updates a post on Facebook.

New release

There's a new release that has a lot more power.

Comments, questions?

Please use the comment section below to post any questions you have. Not really looking for feedback on this app, since it's just a demo, a proof of concept.

08/19/14; 09:17:34 AM
08/13/14; 05:01:07 PM

The development of RSS support in Little Card Editor continues.

  1. There's now an orange RSS icon on the screen, just below the card display, to the left of the font popup menu. That of course is where your feed is stored. Here's a link to my feed.

  2. Each card has a landing page, that's linked to from the feed. Example.

  3. As before, only items that flow to Twitter are included in the feed.

Please report any problems

This change, while it appears small on the surface, was fairly significant in the software. If there is any breakage, the time to find it is now. If you see any problems with the feed, or settings, post a comment here, let me know. Later, it may be harder to find/fix problems.

08/13/14; 09:02:57 AM

RSS feed for each user

  • In this release of Little Card Editor every user gets an RSS 2.0 feed.

  • Only items that are sent to Twitter are represented in the feed.

  • Each item has an enclosure that points to an image for the card.


  • Here's an example, the feed for my tweet stream.

More releases coming

  • This is the first step in the conversion of LCE to be a server-based product.
08/12/14; 09:58:46 AM

Last built: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

By Dave Winer, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM.