Newsletters and Podcasts as new Open Content Platforms

I agree, Podcasts and Newsletters (functionaly blogs) give me great hope and are some of the best digital content I find these days. Main comerical social networks remain wastelands. From the Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp & HEY: “There’s something incredibly …

Email as a Key Element of the Open Web -- And Hey! Review

I agree with this: email is a key function of the #openweb. Very important that we keep it so. Looking forward to trying out Hey.com…. Email is the rare open platform that works for everyone. But it’s changing. Three companies — Google, Microsoft and Verizon (which owns Yahoo and AOL) …

Filtering Social Feeds: and Unwanted Content as a Feature or Bug

Filtering social feeds. And Unwanted Content as a Feature or a Bug Just a note on filtering out your social feed for unwanted things - like I tried to do to avoid spoilers of Star Wars. I just wanted to temporarily mute posts from friends, etc, that used the words “Star Wars” or …

Feels way too true. Let’s rebuild a better web. “Alienated, Alone And Angry: What The Digital Revolution Really Did To Us…We were promised community, civics, and convenience. Instead, we found ourselves dislocated, distrustful, and disengaged.” …

Agreed: Problems from Faceook and the others Can Be tweaked but ultimate solution is much bigger....

Agreed: this won’t change until we build the web we want. “Platforms that have as many problems as Facebook does can always be improved, but by design they can never be good enough because their size alone is one of the problems…. The good news: it’s up to us. We can choose to …

"Putin Begins Installing Equipment To Cut Russia’s Access To World Wide Web"

The web as originally designed is fundamentally antithetical to dictatorship. " According to Freedom On The Net, “Russian internet freedom has declined for the sixth year in a row, following government efforts to block the popular messaging app Telegram and numerous legislative proposals …

'We froze our social graph too soon..."

Good quote: “We froze our social graph too soon, imho. My goal is to get the kind of discourse that happens on Twitter and Facebook to happen outside the silos, so a new generation of ‘coders’ can try out a billion new ideas about how humans can ideate and organize in a global …

Launching a New Mastdodon Instance Focused on the OpenWeb

So with a few friends, just launched this new instance: INDIEWEB.SOCIAL is a home for those who build, study, promote - or are just fascinated by - a wide variety of #openweb, #indieweb, #federated and #humanetech practices and technologies. We seek to promote innovation and shared evolution and …

Mozilla CEO Stepping Down

Here is hoping the next Firefox CEO is a good choice. I cannot overstate how important it is that a web browser with 10%-ish marsketshare exists not owned by an Ad company and that cares about user needs and privacy first. And the new CEO will manage them jumping into paid services, a key element to …

Gizmodo on NetNewsWire's Relaunch: "One of the Best RSS Readers Is Back"

Great Gizmodo write up on the relaunch of #NewNewsWire: “Despite what companies like Apple and Facebook claim, you don’t need a giant corporation telling you what news stories you should read every morning. Nearly every website (worth reading) still operates an RSS feed. And now one of the …

"Why Freedom of Thought Requires Attention"

He opens with “Freedom of thought requries media that don’t listen to and watch and survielle us as we use them…media that consumes us, in the end consumes freedom of thought.” A friend’s review: “I really liked his point that it’s not required to invent …

"It’s Time to End ‘Trending'"

Why it is good – as #Mastodon and #Microdotblog does – to still keep human admins in the mix on surfacing “trending” items: “The first problem with [FB and Twitter] “trending” is that it selects and highlights content with no eye toward accuracy, or quality. Automated …

Indieweb, Fediverse and Commerical Silos

The more time I spend on the #Indieweb, #Matodon and other #Fediverse apps, the more I notice when I go back to Twitter and FB how much is pushed at me: recommended users, posts, promoted tweets, recommended apps, requests for reviews of places I just had been near, but never checked into. Sometimes …

Love this: “It’s pleasantly ironic that some of the internet’s oldest open protocols are shining through, with email newsletters and podcasting standing tall… a channel they own and control.” www.niemanlab.org/2018/12/p…

Been looking for a Browser Extension to allow one click sharing to my #micrdotblog site, that then syndicates out to my other social, Mastodon, Medium, Twitter, etc. Trying out OmniBear now… omnibear.com/features/

“The net was so weird and wonderful in the early 2000s because it was easy to remix….The only real option in 2019 of customizing anything is to build a website of your own.” onezero.medium.com/why-the-w… #indieweb

Looking for this #IndieWeb Tool

Looking for an #Indieweb tool for personal aggregation of social media. Maybe a bit like Feedly, a bit like Nuzzel, but more specifically a webtool that aggregates and does a pesonal curation and display of Twitter Lists, Facebook feeds, YouTube Subscriptions, and if possible FB Groups, and displays …

Microblog and Webmtion support of any blogs....

This is cool, from @menton on #microblog supporting integration any blog that uses Webmentions… “In a post on Micro.blog, you can @-mention someone’s blog by including @domain.com in the post, using their domain name. If that blogger’s site supports Webmention, Micro.blog will send …

#LetsFixThis - And some good, good questions

Jeff Zeldman asks really good questions here: (and I also posted this to my open #Microblog: “Along those same lines, can the IndieWeb, and products of IndieWeb thinking like Micro.blog, save us? Might they at least provide an alternative to the toxic aspects of our current social web, and …

"Why I’m supporting the IndieWeb (and you should too)"

A solid argument for the #indieweb - and that it needs to be as “friction free” and as easy to use as closed sollutions: I had the opportunity to witness an early Internet so I was not natively exposed to the psychological threats that newly born platforms like Facebook or Instagram …

Building in "Web Stuff" and Micro.blog

This is a great quote on #indieweb publishing and #microblog in specific…. Build in “web stuff” if you want it to last: “Micro.blog is not an alternative silo: instead, it’s what you build when you believe that the web itself is the great social network. That’s the …

Small Shifts Back to the Web's Roots

Another story I’m watching on how do “slow media” - from this blogger. Will be fun to watch his efforts and compare notes: “I’m optimistic that the movement away from social media is good for the Open Web. Since I scaled back my use of social media a year ago, I …

Microblog creator @menton on what’s coming for Micro.blog, on this week’s podcast #micromonday monday.micro.blog/2019/03/0…

Not quitting Social Media: But Going Back to an "the Artisanal internet."

This article from #wired, also got me relooking at #indieweb and Micro.blog. In essence, don’t quit social all together, but “curate your way to a better social media” diet. Key quote: This vision of decentralization is more back-to-the-land than blockchain. If portals to the …

Who Owns the Digital You (Part 1 of 3)

“Twenties and Thirties it was the role of government, Fifties and Sixties it was civil rights. The next two decades it’s gonna be privacy. I’m talking about the Internet. I’m talking about cell phones. I’m talking about health records and who’s gay and who’s not. And moreover, in a country born on …

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