In today’s age of the Web, we’ve resigned ourselves to using social Silos, such as Twitter, Facebook or Medium. Content we create on their platforms is owned by them, free for them to profit off it, and we can’t move off the platforms because then all our followers would need to use a new platform.

The IndieWeb is all about taking the control of where we post, and how. As citizens of the Web we deserve to own the content and data we so lovingly produce, so why don’t we do it? Why don’t we use our websites as our social hub, publishing on our own site, and then syndicating everywhere else?

If there’s something that you want a Silo to do, why not build it yourself? If we build our own platforms, we can decide how they work and interoperate. By selfdogfooding we can use our own projects to help drive the functionality we want, being the change we want to see in the world.

We’ll talk about the underlying open standards and Open Source components that are driving the ease of adoption across it, such as Microformats2, Webmention, Micropub and Microsub, and IndieAuth, to name but a few!

This is truly about creating the Social Web, providing an RSS-feed like experience to follow all your friends, colleagues, and people of interest, but being able to interact in-feed, as you would on i.e. Twitter. You can add inline comments, like, or reshare the content for those following your own site.

And of course, it’s all about enabling everyone to get involved - feedback from not-as-technical folks, through to multiple implementations of the same tools are actively encouraged.

But don’t even get me started on the Fediverse (i.e. Mastodon) - which would be a whole talk in itself.

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Jason at 16:09 on 20 Oct 2019

Clearly a very knowledgeable and competent speaker, but I was left puzzled as to what the IndieWeb actually _IS_.
Maybe I'm just to old, but I didnt understand why calendar information etc should be public or why it was still considered "OK" to support the likes of Twitter etc.

Anna Dodson at 17:28 on 20 Oct 2019

Really interesting talk, very good points raised around owning your data and online identity!

Andrew Howe at 17:55 on 20 Oct 2019

Another well put together and delivered talk from Jamie. Interesting points raised. Definitely has inspired me to get around to sorting out my own site and domain! Lots of different ideas and resources suggested. A good talk to round off the weekend. Thanks to Jamie for putting on the talk.

Jon Spriggs at 11:41 on 21 Oct 2019

Fab talk, and well delivered. I'd be interested in seeing some of the code that takes 3rd party tools (like Google Fit) and puts that into his blog!

Henry Sprog at 21:34 on 30 Oct 2019

Really enjoyed this talk. Our data is probably our most undervalued assets so being able to keep as much control as possible is good.