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 …

Interoperablity and Social Silos: Access Act Thinking the Right Way

Interoperability - not just data portability but set API’s for communication by different accounts across social media silos would make a huge difference. For the better. www.theverge.com/2019/10/2…

Yahoo Groups Shutting Down: All Content from 115 Million Groups to be Permantently Deleted Dec 14th

Why owning your own content and syndicating it to external platforms is key. “Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site,” the company said in a notice to users. “Beginning October 28, you won’t be able to upload any more …

A Good Review of Zuck's Speech

Agree completely: “The speech began with a major tactical and factual error, in which Zuckerberg attempted to awkwardly retcon the founding of Facebook into a story about giving students a voice during the Iraq war. (“I remember feeling that if more people had a voice to share their …

How to Have Your Twitter Username Extorted From You

Crazy story: “My $50,000 Twitter Username Was Stolen Thanks to PayPal and GoDaddy. I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of …

How do you communicate when the government censors the internet? You route around it.

Hong Kong Protesors going “Mesh Network” to communicate & circumvent the government: “60K installations in just the past seven days, most of them from Hong Kong.” www.forbes.com/sites/joh…

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 …

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…

"Will California’s New Bot Law Strengthen Democracy?"

This law is a start, and should be implemented in every US state: “On July 1st, California became the first state in the nation to try to reduce the power of bots by requiring that they reveal their “artificial identity” when they are used to sell a product or influence a voter. Violators …

These seem like just common sense things Facebook and Google should do in opening up thier ad archive to an API for researchers, and for transparency: blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019…

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 …

#Facebook decieded we all were giving up FB for Lent today. Suddently a more decentralized, federated social platform seeming a bit better. www.bbc.com/news/tech…

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 …

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 …

Giving Micro.Blog a Whirl

Giving Micro.blog a whirl. After trying it out in beta, now am giving the lastest version a whirl as a possible “POSSE” solution - “publish once, syndicate everywhere.” Have been always looking for a solution to own your own digital identity, and syndicate out to the other …

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