Using FreshRSS to “Like” blog posts via Webmention

Using FreshRSS to “Like” blog posts via Webmention by

Although it took some fiddling to make all this happens, now that the fiddling is fiddled, it just works: I click the star in FreshRSS and the favourite appears on this list, in this RSS feed, and, should the blog I favourited the link from support Webmentions, as a “like” on the original post.

Peter, this is excellent work. I love how these IndieWeb technologies can enhance a website. Out of curiosity, I’ll take a look at FreshRSS but I doubt that many RSS readers support it. Maybe someday, things like this will be trivial for the non-technologist (aka people who don’t do their own oil changes).

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IndieWeb Untangled

Untangling the IndieWeb by David Yates

The big IndieWeb idea is to have your website host original versions of your articles, Twitter-type microposts, replies to other people, liked and reposted things, bookmarks, events and so on. If you need to post to other sites, that should be done automatically through webmentions and APIs. Your website should also host its own webmention endpoint (which I’m not doing for expediency) and reader, which you use to subscribe to notifications from said webmention endpoint and to the websites of other people you know, like or admire. Private webmentions can be used for some of this stuff too, or maybe all of it. In the end, you have a combination of Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader, without the algorithms or data mining. But the only people you interact with are other programmers who’ve also managed to implement all this stuff.

It’s interesting how most people dipping their toe into the IndieWeb soon come to the conclusion in that last sentence. I did. I’ve slowed down the IndieWebification of this website as I wait for some of the technology to stabilise.

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An Obligation to Explain the IndieWeb

An Obligation to Explain the IndieWeb by Ton Zijlstra

Which is a good reminder to self. I’m not one of those ‘other programmers’, though I can keep up with tech oriented conversation. Which makes me a bit of a boundary spanner, between the techies and the less tech oriented. Given Peter’s notion of having an obligation to explain, I already had half baked plans to start writing a few explainers. While reading this blogpost by David Yates I had some additional ideas of what that should/shouldn’t look like. And that it should be in both Dutch and English. So thank you David for the nudge.

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Post Kinds Update

Post Kinds 3.3.0 Released by David ShanskeDavid Shanske

Released Post Kind 3.3.0. This has a lot of major changes under the hood. A completely new load system for dependencies and a lot of parsing improvements from the Parse This library. On the user facing side, Post Kinds takes over generating RSS and Atom feeds to remove empty title properties, adds Aaron Parecki’s Media Fragment script, adds remote as an RSVP property, and a bunch of other little fixes.

Thank you, David.

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