Update to the Syndication Links plugin for WordPress for Custom Endpoints by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)

David Shanske has recently updated the Syndication Links plugin for WordPress that now allows users to add custom syndication endpoints to their websites so they can actually syndicate their content to external sites. In particular, this now includes syndication endpoints like IndieWeb News and indieweb.xyz subs. Configuring the plugin with a syndication name, UID, and the appropriate URL will create additional endpoint checkboxes in the “Syndicate To” metabox.

Hello Chris, the WordPress Crossposter has not been updated in three years. Is there another method for POSSE from self-hosted WordPress to WordPress.com using the Syndication Links plugin?

Following Amanda’s lead I have disabled the Social Networks Auto Poster and Brid.gy plugins and will no longer automatically syndicate links to social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. I am not sure how long this experiment will last or how it will affect website traffic. But I won’t know unless I try. I am also leaning toward making Webmention the only form of a comment this website accepts. But I am not ready to do that yet. I want to try using the open source Isso commenting system first.

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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.