Indieweb - Restoring people's control over their online presence

The Indieweb is a community promoting the use of individual rather than corporate web sites. It focuses on people owning their own data, on their own domain– both to prevent large sites becoming information silos and to mitigate against the risk of any given product being shut down. Content can be syndicated (cross-posted) elsewhere, like how this site cross-posts to Twitter, but Indieweb community members use their own personal domain as their identity on the web. They interact with others in the Indieweb community, and the broader web, using a minimal set of principles, protocols, and formats.

Its “people-focused” mission makes it the perfect candidate for what Improving the Net is trying to promote. I do have my own domain but still need to add some of the biographical information and links to my other online profiles. Maybe that will be a project for over the holidays! - The way the social internet should work (the site this blog is hosted on) is a blogging platform and social networking site designed for human-driven (rather than machine-driven) interaction.

On, you can write short “micro” posts or longer content. You can comment or reply to other blogs. You can host a blog with your own domain name, or it can connect to an existing blog hosted on Wordpress or elsewhere. You can add “bookmarks”, which are essentially private “likes” (no one else can see them). You can see who other accounts are following, to learn about other blogs you might want to follow. You own your content and can export it at any time.

You can’t see a list of everyone who follows a specific user, or know how many people do. You can’t amplify other content except by adding your own reply. You can’t use “likes” as a measure of popularity. All of these prevent the worst sides of human nature that other social networks try to exploit.

I cautiously hooked this up to a new Twitter account, to hopefully make more people aware of and the rest of the things I’ll be sharing on here.

To me, it seems like has tried to take the best parts of Twitter and leaving the rest, not to duplicate or replace it. But maybe we’ll all get lucky and it will replace Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram and…) anyway.