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CTO at The 19th. Writing a novel.
Previously: Co-founder of Elgg and Known; former investor at Matter.

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Meridian

Meridian finds places based on a user’s latitude and longitude - and is open source and distributed. Useful for all kinds of purposes, not least indieweb checkin apps.

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There’s no substitute for having the primary copy of your work being in a space you control (and, ideally, own.) https://twitter.com/christi3k/status/926228598712950784

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‪I haven’t seen any team applications yet. But there’s still time. ‬https://matter.vc/apply

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Media companies should own their websites + audience relationships. , I want to see your applications. https://matter.vc/apply

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If they're capturing social media handles on popular, large sites, there seems like an obvious workaround. https://gizmodo.com/us-homeland-security-will-start-collecting-social-media-1818777094

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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"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.

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Says @anomalily: "I am not a developer". But she's been building and hosting her own website, on her terms, for 20 years.

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Email: ben@werd.io

Twitter: @benwerd

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