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Working at the intersection of technology, media, and democracy. He / him.

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.