Well, @Hulu has been an absolutely terrible experience for watching the Oscars. I pay for no ads, but I get them. Audio gets out of sync. I get “playing this part of the video isn’t allowed” when attempting to rewind. Trash.

I’m really enjoying using Together from iOS for reading and posting on the IndieWeb: https://cleverdevil.io/s/A94HmEbBLALplpcALmAc.mov

I wish I had watched more of the films nominated for the Oscars!

Freeing Myself from Facebook

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Ever since my discovery of the IndieWeb movement, I've wanted to free myself from Facebook (and Instagram) and their brand of surveillance capitalism. I want to own my own data, and be in control of how it is shared, and I don't want it to be used for advertising.

I've had this incarnation of a personal website for a few years, and have mostly been following the POSSE publishing model, publishing most forms of content on my website, and then automatically (or manually) syndicating that content to silos like Facebook and Twitter. But, much of my content still remains trapped inside of Facebook and Instagram.

Until now.

As of March 4, 2018, I've pulled the vast majority of my Facebook content into my website, and all of my Instagram photos into my website, paving the way for me to delete myself from Facebook (and potentially Instagram) by the end of 2018. What follows is a high-level overview of how I made the move.


Exporting Data from Facebook

While Facebook does offer an export feature, its extremely limited, only includes very low resolution versions of your photos, and is generally very difficult to process programmatically. After some research, I discovered the excellent fb-export project on GitHub. Once installed, this tool will dump a huge amount (though, not quite all) of your Facebook data into machine-readable JSON files.

Since my website is compatible with the Micropub publishing standard, I then needed to convert this Facebook-native JSON data into microformats2 formatted JSON. Enter granary, an amazing swiss-army knife of IndieWeb by Ryan Barrett. Using granary, I whipped up a quick script that transforms the exported data into native microformats2 formatted JSON:


Publishing Liberated Data

At this point, I had a directory full of data ready to publish. Sort of. Unfortunately, not all of the data is easily translatable, or even desirable, to publish to my website. As a result, I created another script that let me, on a case by case basis, publish a piece of content, choose to skip it entirely, or save it to deal with later.


After running this script, I had a significant amount of my data copied from Facebook to my website. Huzzah!

Dealing with Photo Albums

Facebook has a "photo albums" feature, and I definitely wanted to get those memories onto my website. Again, I wrote a script that processes the exported data, and selectively allows me to upload all of the photos in an album to my website via Micropub, and then drops microformats2 JSON out that I could publish later.


Once I finished processing and uploading all of the photos for the albums I wished to copy over, I ran a simple utility script I keep around to publish all of the albums as new posts to my website.

Here are some of the results:

Notice, one of these comes all the way back from 2009!

Almost There

There are still quite a few photos and other types of posts that I haven't yet been able to figure out how to migrate. Notably, Facebook has strange special albums such as "iOS Uploads," "Mobile Uploads," and "iPhoto Uploads" that represent how the photos were uploaded, not so much a group of related photos. Unfortunately, the data contained in the export produced by fb-export isn't quite adequate to deal with these yet.

Still, I am quite pleased with my progress so far. Time to move on to Instagram!


Instagram has been slowly deteriorating as a service for years, so much so that I decided to completely stop publishing to Instagram earlier this year. It turns out, dealing with Instagram is a lot easier than Facebook when it comes to liberating your data.

Downloading My Data

After some research, I found instaLooter on GitHub, which allowed me to quickly export every single photo in its original resolution, along with nearly every bit of data I needed... except the photo captions. I ran instaLooter, and embedded the unique identifier in the filenames (which instaLooter refers to as the "code').

Getting Metadata and Publishing

I wrote a script that used granary to lookup the photo metadata and publish to my website via Micropub:


Note, I used the non-JSON form of Micropub in this case, because Known's Micropub implementation doesn't properly handle JSON for photos yet.


It turns out, that with a little knowhow, and a lot of persistence, you can liberate much of your data from Facebook and Instagram. I feel well on target to my goal of leaving Facebook (and maybe Instagram) entirely.

I’ve successfully copied all of my Instagram content to my website, from 2010 on. One step closer.

Once I'm finished copying over individual photos, I'll complete my goal of completely extricating myself from Facebook by the end of 2018. 🎉 #OwnYourData #IndieWeb

I've officially managed to copy all of my Facebook status updates and most of my photo galleries to my website. Just individual photos left to worry about.

Looking good, but I think you mean Microsub, not Websub 😀

Well, that was one of the more delicious steaks I’ve ever prepared!

Dinner tonight is sous vide New York strip steaks, bacon-wrapped pesto stuffed mushrooms, and roasted broccoli with garlic butter. 🥩🍄🥦

Kiddo Concentration

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William and Colette have been asking for “homework,” since they’ve heard about it from others. William is practicing his fine motor skills and Colette remains goofy.

Made some tasty keto-friendly pancakes for breakfast this morning. Ricotta, eggs, and almond meal, sweetened with some Surkin Gold. Fried up in ghee and served with butter! 🥞

Congrats Eddie 😀

For the first year in a long while, I’ve only seen one of the films nominated for Best Picture. Time to step up my movie watching game!

Gorgeous view! Where are you?

Lacey is out with friends tonight, so I’m treating the kids to their first ever viewing of Back to the Future in the home theater. 🚗💨⏰

One of my favorite Instant Pot applications is chicken soup. Leftover rotisserie chicken, lots of fresh veggies and seasonings, and 30 minutes on high pressure, and you get a rich, chickeny soup! 🐔

Been craving a low sugar cocktail. Muddled five blackberries in a glass and poured on bourbon (Larceny). Added ice. Tasty! 🥃

FWIW, I am not saying that I think Dropbox made the wrong decision. I'm just not convinced on the prevailing narrative or the long-term viability. Also: the vast majority of businesses aren't Dropbox! Their scale is rare.

Also, because they now have their own infrastructure, Dropbox has to remain organizationally excellent at managing, deploying, and modernizing it. It potentially distracts from other things. Wise long-term bet? I'm not so sure.