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i just realized i made my intro post followers only, oops. lets try this again

hi, im mars :)) im a queer person from california who is still trying to find out what i want to create. poetry has started to really interest me because its usually short and allows me to speak plainly while also being cryptic. i want to share what ive been working on and meet other likeminded people. nice to meet everyone

✅ It has decentralization: you can self-host
✅ It has interoperability: you get a JPEG on your hard drive
✅ It has payments: your grandma can use them
✅ It has status-signaling: leave your name as a patron

It is web3 and I am now web3

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As a fun project last night, I made a little storefront for selling JPEGs — or what I'd call NFPs (Neat, Fun Photos) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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We found a very critical issue with our spam detection system that led to many people being marked as abusive users if they had a gmail address on their account. It seems to have started around June 24.

Truly sorry to everyone who's been affected by this.

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For those of you wondering who I am, I've been tooting over on the Mastodon.NZ instance posting mostly flower photos (@AlexW).

I wanted a new space here on the writing exchange to post more about writing and to share stuff from my new micro blog too.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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"When the influencer creep is complete, every moment will have to speak to loving one’s job, as if no other sort of experience or emotion were possible." ift.tt/2VmDqWw

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Hello Fediverse, I’m Pete and I’m back on the Writing Exchange! I’m an avid reader and aspiring author, hardcore minimalist, and eclectic husband to my beautiful wife — who clearly has a lot of patience to put up with my quirks. I come alive in fall and winter, hibernate in summer, and function normally all year long with copius amounts of coffee. I also have a deep love of analogue tools and workflows, despite being a tech fanatic. Feel free to follow me here and on my blog.

the revolution will not be algorithmically amplified

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staying optimistic through societal collapse

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it's saturday and that means another (the third!!) chance to step into the metaverse with fellow writers!

join us today at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 18:00 UTC / 20:00 CEST in the café! (no goggles required)

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Writing Exchange registrations 

I've changed registrations on to invite-only again, as new accounts have slowed down a lot, and we're starting to see some spam accounts.

Remember, you can always send an invite link if you know someone else that would like to join!

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