Stepping back from POSSE by Ben WerdmüllerBen Werdmüller (Ben Werdmüller)
The indieweb has this intrinsic idea of Publishing on your Own Site, Syndicating Elsewhere: automatically sending your content to other social networks. When we pitched this as part of Known, we rightly got a lot of feedback about outsized supplier power from the social networks. They could withdraw their APIs - and if the value in the platform was in this ability to syndicate, instantly erode value in the platform. It doesn't take an industry analyst to see that this criticism was right on the money.The indieweb has this intrinsic idea of Publishing on your Own Site, Syndicating Elsewhere: automatic...

My pithy post about not doing POSSE anymore.. Facebook’s disconnect has affected more than just my website.

But this creates a new problem. How does one discover (or be discovered) when there is no centrally located lamp pole from which to stick one’s flyer?

Laura Kalbag on blogging – Colin Devroe (cdevroe.com)
In fact, I only syndicate to Micro.blog currently because it is effortless. I do not syndicate to any other social network. I sometimes wish that I were doing so again because I know I would get more readers here as a result, but – as Laura rightfully spells out – I just don’t have the time or energy to devote to getting that working again. I’ve spent countless hours trying to get it to work the way that I’d want it to (and took the time to catalog those issues here on my blog) and I’m just not going to do it again.

Oh my gosh! Yes, I’ve felt the same way for a while. I stopped syndicating links to social media — facebook, twitter — for a few months. I did see a drop off in traffic so I started doing it again. But … if felt forced. I don’t want to do this. Now that I know that I am in good company, I’ll stop doing it again.

It feels hypocritical to criticize social silos while using them to syndicate my content.

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Speaking as a citizen of the indieweb and not one … by AmandaAmanda (Amanda Unvarnished)
To add to all this, for me, social media, (with the exception of Mastodon and Micro.blog), has, to put it charitably, lost its luster. It’s become a chore, both personally and professionally, and the bad has finally gotten to the point where it outweighs the good for me. On a professional level, publishing criteria are getting so strict that publishing content, (especially when you’re scheduling it so as to not spend all your time staring at a social media client), has become fairly difficult, both because of the publishing rules themselves and because of the inaccessibility of scheduling services and their apps. This is most of the reason why I’m pulling the trigger and going full indieweb later this month. How the closed platforms treat their third-party developers also has some influence on my decision to pull the trigger.

Amanda, I agree, the social platform experiment has become tiring for me. My use of Facebook and Twitter have fallen off dramatically while my use of RSS feeds continues unabated. Even the act of POSSEing my content to social media is a chore. I have almost stopped doing it. And because of concerns about GDPR I no longer back feed comments and like from social silos. I disabled Brid.gy syndication to Facebook and Flickr and only occasionally syndicate to Twitter.

Avoiding syndication to social platforms has made discovery more challenging but I am hoping as the IndieWeb grows, this problem will be solved. We’ll find each other the old-fashioned “Web” way. For example, I discovered your post and your website via Chris Aldrich’s website.