An Open Call

Open call to all you web developers, bloggers, and just people who want to try a new way to identify your internet self. Try out the indieweb.

Want the easy way / tldr ? Just check out http://withknown.com and try creating your own site there.

So how is this different from any of the blog platforms out there? Well a number of ways. First, you own your data. What does that mean? Well lets say Facebook goes offline tomorrow. What are you left with? Where are your photos? What happened to all those things you have been writing, collecting over all this time? Well its just gone. Period. Don't believe thats a problem? These site deaths happen all the time. The most recent was twitpic which used to be a great way to share photos on twitter before they did that themselves. Lets also think about what happens if your account gets locked for some reason. You get the point.

The indieweb says you should have everything you write owned and controlled by you. Just by the fact that you have access to all your own data, you have control of it. Things stay online as long as You want. If you want to use Facebook, or Twitter, thats up to you. But there should be another choice that doesn't mean you lose all your friends. Which brings me to the next bit, Interoperability.

At this point some of you might think "Hey. I've got a WordPress blog." That's a good start but let's be honest, you still have friends on Twitter. How do you interact with them without just losing control of what you wrote. Well in the indieweb there is a concept called POSSE. This backronym stands for Post on Own Site, Syndicate Everywhere. Instead of posting to Twitter, I post a note on my site and have the code copy this message over to Twitter. Where this really gets neat is the code could then watch that post for any comments and bring those comments back to your site. Your friends using Facebook can see what you post and you can see their comments.

Now all your data is in one place. So what? Well now you really have an identity online. Not just a collection of accounts but really a digital YOU. Because of this you need some way to identify yourself. So get a domain name. Your URL is really your name. No one else can own that name. I own ben.thatmustbe.me. If I want to create an account on some site it would be great if I could just tie my login to the fact that I own that site. Whenever I want to login all I'd have to do is again prove that I am the owner of that site. Enter IndieAuth.

... in progress