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Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing by Manton Reece — Kickstarter

Manton Reece has finally launched the Kickstarter for his Micro.blog project (formerly Snippets.today). If, like me, you’re interested in the open web and a more decentralized future online you should back this project. I think Manton’s onto something big, something much more sustainable then the good old Twitter clones.

Hi, my name is Manton Reece, and I’m writing a book called Indie Microblogging. I’m also launching a brand new platform for microblogs.


I want to encourage more independent writing. To do that, we need better tools that embrace microblogs and the advantages of the open web. We need to learn from the success and user experience of social networking, but applied to the full scope of the web.

I first set out to build a new service just for microblogs. It has a timeline experience like a social network, with replies and favorites, but it’s based on RSS, with the main posts pulled from independent sites.

Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing by Manton Reece — Kickstarter

IndieWeb: Make your social media posts open first

Adactio: Journal—A decade on Twitter

Jeremy Keith writes about being on Twitter for ten years and comments on how things have changed on Twitter at large and, more importantly, on Twitter for him as he for the past few years has been treating it as nothing but a syndication service. I do the same and for the past few months I’ve visited Twitter.com very rarely and I no longer have any Twitter client installed on my iOS devices. It’s liberating to know that you own your content and as long as you keep your site running it’ll live on regardless of the rise and fall of various social networks.

I’m not sure if my Twitter account will still exist ten years from now. But I’m pretty certain that my website will still be around.

Adactio: Journal—A decade on Twitter

That last paragraph rings so true to me. I intend to live for at least fifty more years and I hope my blog will be with me all the way. How many huge companies have existed for fifty years? How many of those have not changed in significant ways in fifty years? Do we really think that the social media of today will preserve our ideas, our quips and snapshots, and our memories – happy and sad –  for the foreseeable future? Or do we not care if they don’t?

The Tragedy/Farce of the Open Web according to journalists – Baldur Bjarnason

At every turn, right from the beginning, [the modern journalist] made horrible websites, laden with ads, demonstrated no understanding of the medium, and then blamed the medium itself for their inadequacies. As an industry they have always done and said the wrong thing about the open web.
Stop listening to them. They aren’t here to help.
The Tragedy/Farce of the Open Web according to journalists – Baldur Bjarnason

Baldur Bjarnason makes a compelling case for why we shouldn’t listen when journalists keep telling us that the open web is dead. The open web is very much alive, and very important.

Using Medium is truly a great way to get more readers…

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As I’ve mentioned previously Manton Reece discussed his upcoming microblog platform/aggregator Snippets.today on Core Intuition 2#41. I’ve linked to it before but this is an Overcast link that takes you straight to the beginning of the discussion of Snippets. If you’re interested in the open web and the future of blogging and microblogging, you should really check this out.

I think Manton’s on to something big.

➡️Dennis Cooper fears censorship as Google erases blog without warning

This is a prime example of why open alternatives to the corporation controlled silos on the web is so important. Best way to protect your content from being taken down by Google is to not host your blog using Google’s services. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/14/dennis-cooper-google-censorship-dc-blog

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Manton also spoke about snippets.today on this weeks Core Intuition. I haven’t listened to it yet but it’s probably worth checking out.

If you’re following my site, then you are likely interested in the open web and how we might build a sustainable future outside of the big social network silos.

If that’s the case, you should check out Manton Reece’s snippets.today. This has the potential to be huge.

The basic building blocks of Twitter

At its core, Twitter is just three fairly simple things. A simple way to post short status updates. A list of people who’s post you follow. A timeline that mashes the posts from those people together into one stream. Every piece of the puzzle was there long before Twitter. For posting we had, and still […]

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? Manton Reece: Time to rethink blog comments

  • Twitter’s 140-character limit and easy retweeting encourage and amplify negative tweets. Sincerity is less common. Everything is an opportunity for a joke.
  • Widely followed, long-time Twitter users don’t find the joy they used to when interacting with followers. Some have retreated to private Slack channels, at the cost of public discussion and approachability.
  • Developers have never completely forgiven Twitter for crippling the API. This doesn’t directly impact most users anymore, but it’s a backdrop that gives every new Twitter feature a tone of distrust. Progress is slow.

Meanwhile, blog comments have slowly been killed off over that same period. The rise of social networks, combined with the technical problems of fighting blog comment spam, pushed most bloggers to prefer answering questions on Twitter.

Manton Reece, Time to rethink blog comments

We need a feed reader that’s also a publishing tool and that has the ability to send webmentions. That way we could like, re-blog, etc. on the open web just as easily as we can do inside silos.

My frustration with Twitter, succinctly summarized by Dave Winer (and than commented way too rambly by me)

Yesterday Dave Winer made a harsh comment regarding twitter. Everyone: When you ask ”Isn’t that what Twitter already does?” the answer is no. Twitter does nothing well because of the 140-char limit. You might even say Twitter does nothing. The Seinfeld of social networks.The province of snorts and gusts. Miscreant sarcasm and trollery. – Dave […]

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Dave Winer: What bloggers need from Facebook

This is an important post by Dave Winer.

Here’s what’s needed to make that work and then why it’s important.

  1. Links.
  2. Styling — bold, italic, lists, subheads.
  3. Enclosures — for podcasting.
  4. Titles — lots of blog posts have them.


With these four features, we’d have a baseline, and I think some very cool stuff would happen both inside Facebook and on the open web.

Dave Winer, What bloggers need from Facebook

Second wave

I responded to a wave by Joel Comm on Anchor suggesting the name ”micro podcasting”. Here’s my response, both as an audio file and as text.

(This is part of my microcast feed so you can subscribe to it in your podcatcher of choice.)

Two thoughts on that:

  1. I’m with Adam and Erik, I prefer microcasting since it’s shorter and has been used ”in the wild” before Anchor.
  2. If a name alluding to podcasting should be used, Anchor needs to actually embrace the openness of podcasting. Each user account should have an RSS feed with the Waves so that it’s not locked down in Anchor and instead can be used in regular podcatchers as well.

(Facebook) Instant Articles

Built for Publishers

Instant Articles keeps publishers in control. Publishers decide what to share on Facebook, with article templates that mirror the look and feel of their brands. Publishers can even automate their workflow by using RSS to publish Instant Articles directly from their existing content management systems.

Instant Articles

(My emphasize.)

Yes, this is the way to do it. If you want people to add stuff to your silo, make it easy for them to do it using their existing infrastructure, and thereby enabling them to cross-post to the silo, as opposed to exclusively create and post there.

And yes, using a tried and tested technology like RSS is a smart move. No, it’s not the latest hotness. Yes, XML feels clunky. But it’s a frozen format. It’s widely understood, easy to implement and most publishers already have it implemented.

Please Anchor, be a good citizen of the open web

I’ve tried Anchor today. It’s a service that let’s its users post short audio posts, like Twitter but for audio. Or put more accurately, it allows its users to make short-form podcasts. I thought it was really fun to use, and discussing a topic on it with a friend seemed much more fruitful that doing […]

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So I have a question for Anchor…

Does the service have an API? Or a way to listen to peoples waves inside a regular pod catcher? Do the people behind Anchor intend to play nice with the open web or is this just another silo that want to usurp the web? I’ve searched their help and found nothing regarding APIs or XML/RSS.

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What should I do? How should I prioritize my free time?

I’m having a problem. I currently feel like I need to ”accomplish” something, and that I haven’t done that in quite a while. In reality this is so not true. For the last five weeks I’ve been on vacation and most of that time have been spent raising my baby daughter. Before that I worked […]

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I’m taking back my content

Or how Dave Winer got me to post frequently on this blog again. Almost a year ago I wrote about how it was time for me to take back my data. In that post I announced that I planned to switch most of my search engine use from Google to DuckDuck Go. That has worked […]

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The closed nature of Google+

I’ve never used Google+. This article is solely based on me reading other sources. The word ”open” is often used by Google, and even more often by Google’s proponents, as an argument for why Google and their products are better than others (especially better than Apple, but occasionally Microsoft). In my opinion though that has […]

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