Getting started with indieweb

Several months ago, I came across a Wired article that described the IndieWeb movement and the history behind why its developers started it.

icon 4611.png Your content is yours

When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost all of their users’ data. By joining the IndieWeb, your content stays yours and in your control.

icon 31635.png You are better connected

Your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place.

icon 2003.png You are in control

You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as These links are permanent and will always work.

~taken from IndieWebCamp~

While I loved the principles that underpinned the idea, and was keen to see if I could figure out how to make it work, actually doing the work seemed to call for skills that I did not have. Some intense programming and software/web development knowledge. I put it off for a while. When I came back to it some time later, I discovered that several events were happening in June 2014. In Portland. In San Francisco. In New York. In Germany. Which led to this:

And the suggestion from Aaron Parecki:

Fast forward a few weeks and it turns out that others had the same idea. Thanks to Nicole, an Indieweb Minneapolis Homebrew Website Club meetup has begun. I attended one of the Minneapolis meetups earlier this week. Scott and I shared our website plans, and explored the IndieWeb wiki.

We both left with some goals as to what we wanted to accomplish prior to the next meetup in two weeks. Thanks, Nicole, for organizing it even though you were not able to attend! The location was easy to find and quiet.

Progress to date:

  • installed IndieWeb plugin
  • completed the IndieAuth setup
  • tested the web sign in with Roa-roh. Facebook and G+ not linking back. Not sure if Pinterest supports the rel=”me” format, but added it to see what would happen. (short answer = does not work.) Does this mean that it’s not possible to POSSE with Pinterest, or was it a setup error on my part? Something to look into.

Next steps:

  • figure out a better theme to showcase tweets, facebook posts, webmentions, etc. (ex, SemPress?)
  • figure out what else needs to be installed and how to do that. It looks like since I already installed the IndieWeb plugin, I may not need this one.  Another thing to look into.
  • dig into some of the web taxonomy
  • read a few more entries on the IndieWeb wiki (ie., what are microformats about?)
  • see how other WP users using POSSE have their site set up. There are several examples in the WP section of the IndieWeb wiki.
  • implement RelMeAuth. It is different from IndieAuth, but I need to read through both explanations/sites a few more times for it to conceptually make sense.

I think this puts me at IndieMark 1.2 and one-half.

2 thoughts on “Getting started with indieweb

  1. oh, so cool that you blogged about this… I’ve signed up to be a beta-test for “known” which I guess is an offshoot of Indieweb? I am a bit confused as to who does what at this point 🙂 but excited about the movement as a whole and plan to blog about it as soon as I get my hands dirty 🙂

    • I am just starting to get more into it. It’s been kinda fun exploring the history of the group and seeing the connections. Have you poked around much on the IndeWebCamp wiki? There’s a lot of info on it, mostly geared towards the dev side. There’s also an IRC channel, so if you have questions, that’s a good resource. I have visited a couple times – friendly group!

      I signed up to beta-test Known as well. I hear that another Reclaim hackathon *may* be in the works for the November Open Ed conference. It would be so cool if they had a virtual session, like at the Sloan conference back in April. I remember seeing another tweet about it…I wish I could think of who that was. Sounds like there’s definitely interest in that option though!

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