How many social media related accounts can one person have on the web?!

The IndieWeb movement is a global community that is building an open set of principles and methods that empower people to take back ownership of their online identity and data instead of relying on 3rd party websites. Come learn more about the next generation of the Web.

Over the years I almost feel like I’ve tried to max out the number of web services I could sign up for. I was always on the look out for that new killer app or social service, so I’ve tried almost all of them at one point or another. That I can remember, I’ve had at least 179, and likely there are very many more that I’m simply forgetting. Research indicates it is difficult enough to keep track of 150 people, much less that many people through that many websites.

As an exercise, I’ve made an attempt to list all of the social media and user accounts I’ve had on the web since the early/mid-2000s. They’re listed below at the bottom of this post and broken up somewhat by usage area and subject for ease of use. I’ll maintain an official list of them here.

This partial list may give many others the opportunity to see how fragmented their own identities can be on the web. Who are you and to which communities because you live in multiple different places? I feel the list also shows the immense value inherent in the IndieWeb philosophy to own one’s own domain and data. The value of the IndieWeb is even more apparent when I think of all the defunct, abandoned, shut down, or bought out web services I’ve used which I’ve done my best to list at the bottom.

When I think of all the hours of content that I and others have created and shared on some of these defunct sites for which we’ll never recover the data, I almost want to sob. Instead, I’ve promised only to cry, “Never again!” People interested in more of the vast volumes of data lost are invited to look at this list of site-deaths, which is itself is far from comprehensive.

No more digital sharecropping

Over time, I’ll make an attempt, where possible, to own the data from each of the services listed below and port it here to my own domain. More importantly, I refuse to do any more digital sharecropping. I’m not creating new posts, status updates, photos, or other content that doesn’t live on my own site first. Sure I’ll take advantage of the network effects of popular services like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to engage my family, friends, and community who choose to live in those places, but it will only happen by syndicating data that I already own to those services after-the-fact.

What about the interactive parts? The comments and interactions on those social services?

Through the magic of new web standards like WebMention, essentially an internet wide @mention functionality similar to that on Twitter, Medium, and even Facebook, and a fantastic service called brid.gy, all the likes and comments from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and others, I get direct notifications of the comments on my syndicated material which comes back directly to my own website as comments on the original posts. Those with websites that support WebMention natively can write their comments to my posts directly on their own site and rely on it to automatically notify me of their response.

Isn’t this beginning to sound to you like the way the internet should work?

One URL to rule them all

When I think back on setting up these hundreds of digital services, I nearly wince at all the time and effort I’ve spent inputting my name, my photo, or even just including URL links to my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Now I have one and only one URL that I can care about and pay attention to: my own!

Join me for IndieWebCamp Los Angeles

I’ve written in bits about my involvement with the IndieWeb in the past, but I’ve actually had incoming calls over the past several weeks from people interested in setting up their own websites. Many have asked: what is it exactly? how can they do something similar? is it hard?

My answer is that it isn’t nearly as hard as you might have thought. If you can manage to sign up and maintain your Facebook account, you can put together all the moving parts to have your own IndieWeb enabled website.

“But, Chris, I’m still a little hesitant…”

Okay, how about I (and many others) offer to help you out? I’m going to be hosting IndieWebCamp Los Angeles over the weekend of November 5th and 6th in Santa Monica. I’m inviting you all to attend with the hope that by the time the weekend is over, you’ll have not only a good significant start, but you’ll have the tools, resources, and confidence to continue building in improvements over time.

IndieWebCamp Los Angeles

Pivotal
1333 2nd Street,
Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA,
90401
United States

When

* Saturday:
* Sunday:

R.S.V.P.

We’ve set up a variety of places for people to easily R.S.V.P. for the two-day event, choose the one that’s convenient for you:
* Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiewebcamp-la-2016-tickets-24335345674
* Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2016/indiewebcamp-la
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701240643421269
* Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/IndieWeb-Homebrew-Website-Club-Los-Angeles/events/233698594/
If you’ve already got an IndieWeb enabled website and are able to R.S.V.P. by using your own site, try one of the following two R.S.V.P. locations:
* Indie Event: http://veganstraightedge.com/events/2016/04/01/indiewebcamp-la-2016
* IndieWeb Wiki: https://indieweb.org/2016/LA/Guest_List

I hope to see you there!

 

Now for that unwieldly list of sites I’ve spent untold hours setting up and maintaining…

Primary Internet Presences

Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko

Chris Aldrich Social Stream

Content from the above two sites is syndicated primarily, but not exclusively, or evenly to the following silo-based profiles

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Tumblr
LinkedIn
Medium
GoodReads
Foursquare
YouTube
Reddit
Flickr
WordPress.com

Contributor to

WithKnown (Dormant)
IndieWeb.org (Wiki)
Little Free Library #8424 Blog
Mendeley ITBio References
Chris Aldrich Radio3 (Link Blog)
Category Theory Summer Study Group
JHU AEME
Johns Hopkins Twitter Feed (Previous)
JHU Facebook Fan Page (Previous)

 Identity

Gravatar
Keybase
About.Me
DandyID
Vizify

Other Social Profiles

Yelp
Findery
Periscope
Pinterest
Storify
MeetUp
500px
Skitch
KickStarter
Patreon
TwitPic
StumbleUpon
del.icio.us
MySpace
Klout

Academia / Research Related

Mendeley
Academia.edu
Research Gate
IEEE Information Theory Society (ITSOC)
Quora
ORCID
Hypothes.is
Genius (fka Rap Genius, aka News Genius, etc)
Diigo
FigShare – Research Data
Zotero
Worldcat
OdySci – Engineering Research
CiteULike
Open Study
StackExchange
Math-Stackexchange
MathOverflow
TeX-StackExchange
Theoretical Physics-StackExchange
Linguistics-StackExchange
Digital Signal Processing-StackExchange
Cooking-StackExchange
Physics Forums
Sciencescape

MOOC Related

Coursera
Khan Academy
Degreed

Reading Related

GoodReads
Pocket
Flipboard
Book Crossing
Digg
Readlist
MobileRead
Read Fold
ReadingPack
SlideShare
Wordnik
Milq
Disqus (Comments)
Intense Debate (Comments)
Wattpad
BookVibe
Reading.am (Bookmarking)
Amazon Profile
Wishlist: Evolutionary Theory
Wishlist: Information Theory
Wishlist: Mathematics
Camp NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo

Programming Related

GitHub
BitBucket
GitLab – URL doesn’t resolve to account
Free Code Camp
Code School
Codepen

Audio / Video

Huffduffer
Last.fm
Spotify
Pandora (Radio)
Soundcloud
Vimeo
Rdio
IMDb
Telfie (TV Checkin)
Soundtracking
Hulu
UStream
Livestream
MixCloud
Spreaker
Audioboo (Audio)
Bambuser (Video)
Orfium
The Session (Irish Music)

Food / Travel / Meetings

Nosh
FoodSpotting
Tripit (Travel)
Lanyard (Conference)
Conferize (Conference)

Miscellaneous

RebelMouse (unused)
Peach (app only)
Kinja (commenting system/pseudo-blog)
Mnemotechniques (Memory Forum)
WordPress.org
Ask.fm
AppBrain Android Phone Apps
BlogCatalog
MySpace (Old School)
Identi.ca (Status)
Plurk (Status)
TinyLetter
Plaxo
YCombinator
Tsu
NewGov.US
Venmo
Quitter.se (Status)
Quitter.no (Status)
ColoUrLovers
Beeminder

Defunct Social Sites

Picasa (Redirects to G+)
Eat.ly (Food Blog)
Google Sidewiki (Annotation)
Wakoopa (Software usage)
Seesmic (Video, Status)
Jaiku (Status)
Friendster (Social Media)
Flipzu
Mixx
GetGlue (Video checkin)
FootFeed (Location)
Google Reader (Reader)
CinchCast (Audio)
Backtype (Commenting)
Tungle.me (Calendar)
Chime.In (Status)
MyBigCampus (College related)
Pownce (Status) – closed 02/09
Cliqset (Status) –  closed 11/22/10
Brightkite (Location/Status) – closed 12/10/10
Buzz (Status) – closed 12/15/11
Gowalla (Location) – closed 3/11/12
Picplz (Photo)- closed 9/2/12
Posterous (Blog) – closed 4/30/13 [all content from this site has been recovered and ported]
Upcoming (Calendar) – closed 4/30/13
ClaimID (Identity) – closed 12/12/13
Qik (Video) – closed 4/30/14
Readmill (Reading)- closed 7/1/14
Orkut (Status) – closed 9/1/14
Plinky – closed 9/1/14
FriendFeed (Social Networking)- closed 4/10/15
Plancast (Calendar) – closed 1/21/16
Symantec Personal Identity Program (Identity) – closing 9/11/16
Shelfari (Reading) – closed 3/16/16

How many social media identities do YOU have?
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Author: Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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