I’m signing on and standing up for the #indieweb cause

If it wasn’t already obvious, I should mention I’m totally on board with the #indieweb movement.

The independent web “is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’” and it means being intentional and strategic about owning the space one inhabits online.

Let’s suppose you have a thought, question, observation, or idea to share. Sure, you can quickly post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or to any platform, but then what happens? What becomes of your intellectual effort or creative labor of love after you push that ‘Post’ or ‘Submit’ button?

Corporations scrape, buy, sell, and monetize your data. Algorithms determine who sees it. Your thoughts are stored in a server somewhere, probably far away, in a database you can only access through the proprietary platform itself. Your content becomes subservient to someone else’s terms and conditions. Your words, your pictures, and your ideas now live under the lock and key of a user agreement you probably didn’t even read. Then one day, when the service shuts down, all the stuff you shared might be instantaneously deleted and disappear forever.

Along with a growing contingent of people around the globe, I want to personally use the web in such a way as to foster more openness and the broader exchange of information. And I want to act on this commitment. This means making what I post online accessible, not dependent on a specific platform or corporate business model, and not stored in a format where I essentially lose all ongoing control and rights to my data. This means that I will primarily be posting here on my site going forward, and continuing to syndicate updates to various social media platforms automatically.

The truth of the matter is that the #indieweb is not a ‘new’ movement at all: it is merely going back to the heart of what the Internet was intended for in the first place.

Interested in joining?

3 comments on “I’m signing on and standing up for the #indieweb cause

  1. The last point is the killer. It IS what the internet was intended to be in the first place. For most of the first two decades it achieved that goal. Let’s get back to those roots.

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