By supporting Micropub, indie-config, and/or action URLs, current feed readers can make it far easier for people on the open web to not only read content the way they currently do on siloed social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al. Increased ease-of-use to allow these functionalities with beautiful user interface will help to move users out of walled-gardens where they’re trapped into the larger universe of the free and open internet. Individuals with their own websites can support the acceptance of these posts to save their interactions with what they’ve read, be they comments, likes, bookmarks, or other interactions. They can also close the loop by supporting Webmentions so that their comments can be sent to (and potentially displayed) on others’ websites. All of these pieces combined make for a more open and democratic web.
When this publication from Richard MacManus (the founder of ReadWriteWeb.com, one of my old favorite standbys) popped up a few weeks ago with the tagline “A non-profit tech blog about the open web”, I immediately bookmarked it and knew it would be at the top of my subscription list. When I read his founding manifesto for the blog, I was hooked and bumped it to the top of my list and tipped off others:
This looks like a must-read blog for #Indieweb proponents.https://t.co/pVvG1h34nb
— ChrisAldrich (@ChrisAldrich) May 31, 2017
There’s also some great articles up by Emre Sokullu, Brian Hendrickson, and Richard MacManus on a variety of other great topics. I hope you’ll take a look at what they’re doing and subscribe.
I’m pleased that they’ve taken something I was planning on posting here on my site and are giving it some wider exposure.
If you’re a journalist, blogger, or writer in the space, do feel free to connect with them to pitch ideas.
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Great post by Chris Aldrich that echos my own feelings about the potential for an integrated content creation, consumption, and interaction experience for the open web. I’ve already got a good start on it, since I have a website that supports Webmention and Micropub, and I’ve created a plugin for Nextcloud News, my feed reader of choice, that enables interactions.
My goal is to completely exit Facebook by the end of 2017 and Twitter shortly thereafter.
Must-read post by @chrisaldrich #openweb -> Feed reader revolution: it’s time to embrace open & disrupt social media altplatform.org/2017/06/09/fee…
Feed reader revolution: it’s time to embrace open & disrupt social media altplatform.org/2017/06/09/fee… by @ChrisAldrich