Indie Microblogging by Manton Reece

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Table of Contents

Introduction

How the web used to be, and how it should be again.

  1. What is microblogging?
  2. Uses for a microblog
  3. Leaving Twitter
  4. Mission to movement
  5. The way forward

Part 1: Foundation

All the basics. Setting up WordPress and other blogging platforms.

  1. Domain names
  2. Syndication
  3. RSS for microblogs
  4. JSON Feed
  5. Introducing Micro.blog
  6. Starting with WordPress
  7. Alternative platforms
  8. Micro.blog and feeds
  9. Migration
  10. Blogging workflow
  11. Why indie microblogging
  12. Interview with Brent Simmons

Part 2: IndieWeb

History of the IndieWeb. Microformats, Micropub, and posting tools.

  1. Permanence
  2. Silos
  3. Decentralization
  4. Microformats
  5. Blog archive format
  6. Owning your content
  7. IndieAuth
  8. Micropub
  9. Posting tools
  10. Interview with Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki

Part 3: Photography

How social networks embraced smartphone photos.

  1. Influence
  2. Reposts
  3. UI impacts behavior
  4. Square photos
  5. Using HTML
  6. Starting a new photo blog
  7. Posting photos
  8. Sunlit
  9. Photo feeds
  10. Interview

Part 4: Notifications

Improving the blogging user experience. The rise of Mastodon. Real-time notifications with WebSub.

  1. Mastodon
  2. ActivityPub
  3. Cross-posting
  4. WebSub
  5. Indie readers
  6. Interview

Part 5: Community

Conversations across blogs. Curation and discovery.

  1. Replies
  2. Webmention
  3. Harassment
  4. Unattended algorithms
  5. Open gardens
  6. Discovery
  7. Misinformation
  8. Popularity contests
  9. Banning users
  10. Micro Monday
  11. Interview with Jean MacDonald

Part 6: Microcasting

Easier podcasting and the threat against the podcast ecosystem.

  1. Penn Station
  2. Starting a podcast
  3. Netflix for podcasts
  4. Spotify acquires Gimlet
  5. Video
  6. Hope
  7. Interview

Conclusion

What's next.

  1. Breaking up Facebook
  2. Regulation
  3. The way out
  4. Sticking to the mission statement
  5. Special thanks