I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been paying more attention to the #indieweb recently but striking out on your own definitely seems to be more popular lately.

Perhaps it’s just a bit of observation bias where you see (or at least pay attention to) more of what you’re focused on.

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Status

Levels

Aristotle may have been describing connected drainage systems when he said “water seeks its own level” but it is a perfect metaphor for the social web.

Given time and freedom from interference everything finds its level, especially our communication methods.

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Levels

Blogs are thrivingComments

If there’s one thing that backing the Micro.blog Kickstarter has taught me it’s that blogging is really holding its own.

The enthusiasm for self-hosted, independent blogging (beyond microblogging) is amazing and the range of available platforms, from CMS style set-ups to static site generators all of which I was unaware, is diverse.

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Blogs are thriving

Life without Twitter

For a number of reasons I decided to take a break from Twitter – some of you out there may moan “not again!” as I’ve taken social hiatuses before.

But, with the way 2016 has been, and things going on in my life offline, I decided to step away. So, on December 1st I stopped tweeting1, uninstalled the app from my phone and took the drastic step of deleting all 13K plus of my old tweets.

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Life without Twitter

An idea of its time

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History is filled with instances of simultaneous invention, also known as multiple discovery, where more than one person or team arrives at the same point independently.

Classic examples are Newton and Wilhelm with calculus, Darwin and Wallace with evolution, or Bell and Gray with the telephone. It’s as though the answer was always there just waiting to be discovered and was destined to be found at that time.

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An idea of its time

The social jigsaw.Comments

The social jigsawSocial
/’sōSHəl/
adjective

  1. of or relating to society or its organization.
  2. needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities.

Social is a series of shared experiences.

We join networks to communicate and share data with our peers. We may gather in subnets (communities or groups) to better manage resources but there is something more fundamental:

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The social jigsaw.

Does the IPO herald a new dawn for Twitter?Comments

How can Twitter grow to satisfy investors after the IPO? Is change essential, will it foster much-needed engagement or does it come at a cost?

TwitterOver the past couple of years I have found myself going in circles when writing about how Twitter might develop; ideas that seemed fanciful wishes might actually become a semblance of reality. In the run up to its IPO, the company is making the news on a regular basis with much of the focus around how it will make money for potential investors, if at all, and whether a new design or functionality may contribute to this.

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Does the IPO herald a new dawn for Twitter?