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Humanist technologist. Equality and adventures.

I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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It's time for media companies to help build the web. My first post for the International News Media Association: http://www.inma.org/blogs/media-leaders/post.cfm/why-media-companies-should-support-a-decentralised-web

Demoing my beautiful new site theme!

Does anyone know if there's any beer or hamburgers in this town?

http://www.andy-j-miller.com/ being held up as an example of a great personal website. It's beautiful. Inspiringly organic.

For clarity: I won't tolerate or work with, in any capacity, anyone I know to be a misogynist or bigot. And I'll warn others.

I need more

Just came across Open Signal: a new kind of community media center. Looks really impressive. https://www.opensignalpdx.org/

Too many projects think "if we build it they will come". It's not about building cool tech. It's about making something people need.

This cat posts what she eats on her very own website. https://indiewebcat.com/ate

This is a big list of decentralized web technology. I wish Urbit wasn't listed, but otherwise: cool! https://decentralize.tech/

Super-fun to see a Known to Mastodon integration demoed at Summit. Really proud of this open source community.

Not quite true that some content types won't work on @Medium. Embedmaker lets you embed your own site: https://embedmaker.com/

Four years ago, I came to this event to demo something called Idno.

Four years later, Known is such a great community. I'm really proud to be back.

Extremely cool. Here's the entire social graph of independent websites as queryable data. http://www.indiemap.org/

What's out there? @schnarfed built a web crawler in 15 lines of code and found 706K social connections between independent sites.

New to me: Common Crawl does a regular public crawl of the web and makes the data available to everyone. https://commoncrawl.org/

Worth saying: if you're helping people own their own content and monetize on their own terms, we should talk.

"There isn't a good funnel I can push people into." @anomalily making a very good case for much easier, friendlier resources.

An aside: I've stopped displaying brid.gy webmentions publicly on my site at http://werd.io. Facebook friends were complaining.

Brid.gy is an awesome way to take silo comments (on Facebook and Twitter, etc) and host them on your site so you have them.

WordPress is still the most customizable way for non-developers to host their own websites.

"I want to monetize *my* way [...] So, how does someone who's not a developer take her shit back from Facebook?" @anomalily

"I want to document that I made it." @anomalily wants to host her own work, and attach to her identity, so she can show it's hers.