I've had trouble distilling down the single "thing" I'm after. Is it web publishing? Alternatives to social media?

I think it's partly the latter, and I think the model for me is the personal web.

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In real terms, personal websites are better than social profiles for a few reasons:

- They can be more stable and reliable, and not subject to feeds or changes in platform policies and design
- They're much more intriguing, artistically, than some cookie-cutter profile on an app or the web

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If the web itself is the social network, the website is the atomic element of that network. We just need it to be easy to create a website, and then connect it with others.

The cool thing is this could take a million different forms, on both the creation and connecting sides.

The website builder could be generic and user-friendly, like Figma, or more niche and purpose-made, like a blogging platform.

Connecting sites is as easy as linking to them. So a site-building platform could make it easy for people to manage these links to friends' sites (e.g. a "blogroll"), and then publicly display those links or not.

I feel like you only really need other protocols when you want to notify people and/or have a private feed.

Of course blogrolls publicly show everyone you "follow" or "friend" on your site. But additional protocols and formats, like RSS for plain subscribing and for notifying others, could enable a private home feed and everything around that.

@matt
Have you looked much into the IndieWeb stuff? Thoughts on how closely that fits the vision you've laid out here?

indieweb.org/

#IndieWeb

@strypey Yep! The vision is basically identical, and some of those standards could be really useful!

I think where we differ is in usability. IndieWeb seems more oriented toward / only accessible to people who understand web development.

I'd like to make this stuff as easy to use as social media is. So the tech isn't the selling point, but the long-term stability and creative latitude are.

@matt
Would it be fair to say the IndieWeb folks are about a DIY approach to the web, while you have more of a service approach? I agree that both are legitimate and useful to different kinds of people.

@matt that's what the hypertext links are about. A way to connect pages (so websites) with each others (the link is unidirectionnal though)

@matt This 👆 this is exactley what I think and keep telling people. own your own space, your own digital plot of ground, and make it yours. (I miss the old days of the original weird and wonderful internet)

@matt @alastair To be fair the personal and open web is making a comeback, but certainly has its work cut out for it. It may never match up to its heyday with the corporate interests dominating the web these days.

@pim @matt Agree Pete, but I kind of feel if enough of us keep trying, me might make some headway into a better internet, a guy can dream 🙂

@alastair @matt Absolutely, despite evidence to the contrary these days, I’d like to think individuals still have some amount of positive influence in both the real world and the digital one.

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