Great post by Chris Aldrich that echos my own feelings about the potential for an integrated content creation, consumption, and interaction experience for the open web. I've already got a good start on it, since I have a website that supports Webmention and Micropub, and I've created a plugin for Nextcloud News, my feed reader of choice, that enables interactions.
My goal is to completely exit Facebook by the end of 2017 and Twitter shortly thereafter.
I hate that we're not only giving up our data to ad-driven content silos like Facebook, we're also giving up content discovery and consumption to their biased algorithms. I continue to believe that the web needs to change as quickly as possible, wrestling control back, and placing ownership, identity, honesty, and authenticity back at the forefront.
David Shanske is writing a blog series on WordPress and the IndieWeb. The first article in the series addressed comments, and this one talks about Webmention and Vouch. Its a great series worth following, especially if you're a WordPress person who is interested in learning more about the IndieWeb and how you can take part.
Great post by Daniel Jalkut on Apple's new Clips app, an upcoming app that takes inspiration from Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook "stories" to enable users to create fun videos to share with their friends. Interestingly, rather than trying to build out yet another social network (which Apple has famously failed on in the past), Clips targets existing social networks.
... any time Apple might have spent building out their own social network is better spent investing in tools that maximize users’ enjoyment of the social networks they already belong to. Rather than obsessing over the venue in which social interactions occur, Apple can profit by equipping its users to be more expressive, wherever they may roam.
I like this core philosophy, and it actually aligns quite nicely with my vision for the IndieWeb. Rather than targeting only silos like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, it'd be wonderful if great user experiences like Clips could enable publishing and sharing to user sites through Micropub and the ilk. Looking forward to playing with Clips!