Control

In the Beginning was the Website by Desmond RivetDesmond Rivet (Desmond Rivet)

In which I discover that I'm retro, not passé #indieweb
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Why does the IndieWeb exist at all? Aside from the obvious pleasures of DIY and of getting your hands dirty, the answer could probably be summarized in one word: control.

Why does the #IndieWeb exist at all? Aside from the obvious pleasures of DIY and of getting your hands dirty, the answer could probably be summarized in one word: control.

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Open Web

The Micro.blog experience and a few thoughts on the open web (Beardy Guy Musings)

I write this and mull it over from the perspective of a creator and as a longer-term user of the “old web”. I have, at least, a basic grasp of the ideal (and importance of) the open web, ownership and access. I write it as someone frustrated with the nastiness of the business practices of the corporate entities that own the big social media as well as the lack of moderation on those sites making them potentially dangerous places. But even amongst the relatively tech fluent (and likely, financially affluent) community of tech/apple oriented users that I follow on Twitter, there is little impulse to move to alternatives such as Micro.blog or Mastodon. I’ve seen evidence of an almost complete lack of interest.

As one of those "old web" guys who has been blogging for almost two decades, I understand this anguish over the open web. I've seen the rise and fall of alternative like app.net and despite what others may think, micro.blog's success isn't ensured. The lack of diversity, both cultural and economic, is perhaps why the…

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