When I set out to create a Micropub endpoint as flexible as the Kirby CMS itself, this turned out to be a rather complex task. The result, however, opens up opportunities that frankly surprised myself. Once the initial setup is done, publishing content is more flexible than ever.
The Indieweb describes itself as “a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’”. It’s a grassroots movement, with activists all around the globe working on open web solutions to maintain content ownership and control while enabling social interaction between individuals.
Micropub for Kirby — a design exercise unlocking countless possibilities
Using Kirby as an IndieAuth authentication endpoint
I adapted the open source Selfauth server into a Kirby 3 plugin, allowing to log in to IndieAuth-enabled websites using one’s own domain.
Sendmentions and Commentions - webmention plugins for Kirby 3
Designing and creating my personal Kirby 3 webmentions solution.
Self-hosting maps: taking control over UX and users' privacy
OpenMapTiles allows for efficient self-hosting of embeddable OSM maps without significant resource requirements and with reasonable effort for a web professional.
The Indieweb privacy challenge (Webmentions, silo backfeeds, and the GDPR)
Originally intended to showcase a privacy-centred implementation of emerging social web technologies - with the aim to present a solution not initially motivated by legal requirements, but as an example of privacy-aware interaction design - my “social backfeed” design process unveiled
Bookmark: "Taking Control of Your Digital Identity"
This is great: while I see (university) teachers and course instructors elsewhere requiring students to join Facebook groups or the like, Howard Rheingold makes the participants in his “social media course” acquire a domain and server space for a self-hosted Wordpress instance as the
Bookmark: "Still Blogging in 2017"
An hommage to the web, its freedom and why it still is the superior medium for self-expression online, by Tim Bray: The great danger is that the Web’s future is mall-like: No space really public, no storefronts but national brands’, no
Note, published 28 Apr 2017
Unintended tagline on my #datensummit17 badge: great conversation starter, turned me into an #indieweb ambassador :D
Reposting a post by Tantek Çelik
Tantek Çelik comments on the successful crowdfunding of micro.blog: This is a huge step forward for the creation of an alternative to Twitter, in numerous ways, some obvious, many more subtle. Reading through the project’s goals and philosophy, this truly looks like a promising
IndieWebCamp Berlin 5.-6.11.2016
One week to go for IndieWebCamp Berlin! Join us: https://indieweb.org/2016/Berlin
Takeaways from IndieWebCamp Brighton 2016
The fifth edition of IndieWebCamp Brighton saw a good two dozen enthusiasts gather for a weekend of debating, brainstorming and prototyping the social web of the future. Amongst a myriad of random inspirations, many of which for sure will find their way into projects of mine in the near future, I would like to summarize three main takeaways from this memorable weekend in Brighton […]
Note, published 23 Sep 2016
Freshly arrived in Brighton and a breathtaking sunset at the seafront. Tomorrow morning: IndieWebCamp kick-off - exciting!
Bookmark: "The Blog That Disappeared"
I occasionally find myself accused of being overly critical of cloud services. Which I am not - per se. My critique is not about the technology and its undeniable potential, but about the terms at which it is provided …and the prevailing silence with which these are commonly accepted. The
An audience/context-conscious POSSE syndication plugin for WordPress
In my January post titled Identity, content, audience and the (independent) web, I described the approach of using a self-owned website as the primary place to publish online content, while sending out (“syndicating”) copies of the content to social platforms. My motive was to reflect
Identity, content, audience and the (independent) web
My text on “fixing the internet” from two weeks ago triggered an inspiring online discussion with Michael Dlugosch, through which kind of a working hypothesis has started to emerge for me. In a first attempt to paraphrase:
The question of how to create/restore a more open web providing control over one’s own representation hovers around three core issues: identity, content, and audience. It needs to be considered how an independent identity is being established, how users control their content and how they can build and cater to an audience despite independent ownership of identities and full control over content.
Not quite coincidentally, the discussion has touch points with debates going on in many places. […]
"Own your data", part I: Bringing the bookmarks home from the cloud
The archives reveal it was October 2005 when I started to use Delicious to collect my bookmarks, at a time where I had to use various computers daily.
Four years later, competitor Ma.gnolia lost all user data, marking the first occasion that I (along with a shaken community of their users) questioned the value of cloud services for storing personal data. Yet, both for lack of alternatives and for being lazy, I kept using Delicious - though making regular backups a habit.
Today, we live 2014 and it is time to move on; more specifically, time to reclaim ownership over my bookmarks and to host them myself. Naturally, having grown used to a cloud service, a suitable web-based replacement had to be found. […]
2014 - time to fix the internet?!
Within the last year, and increasingly during recent weeks, a recurring theme in writings from web design commentators has been that the web is in an unhealthy state and needs some care.
Maybe most prominently, Anil Dash’s “The web we lost” from November 2012 is a wake-up call to everybody working with the web to recall where it originally came from and the opportunities it provided.
More recently, Jeremy Keith has summarised the debate in his article “In dependence”. […]