An IndieWeb experiment by Justin Johansson

Talking with Aaron Parecki & other IndieWebbers

Reply to Aaron Parecki on Twitter 2016-12-29.

Hurray, I've finally got a place to write something longer than 140 characters. So let's see how this goes in replying to a reply to a comment I made as @IndieScripter on Twitter.

Let me state out the outset that I am not criticizing anyone or anything; just that I'm really new to the IndieWeb idea & haven't figured it all out yet. Just in case anyone reading this hasn't heard of the IndieWeb yet, here's the link, What is the IndieWeb?.

Ok, so what transpired was this. I was reading messages on my @IndieScripter Twitter account and saw this tweet by @IndieWebCamp:

This week in the #indieweb

Being an avid follower of @IndieWebCamp, naturally I followed the link. Under "Posts about the IndieWeb" I found 100 Days of IndieWeb by Again I followed that link and read the short post there:

100 Days of IndieWeb Thu, Dec 22, 2016 9:25am -08:00

Inspired by the "100 Day Project", I'm setting out on a goal to accomplish 100 days of visible improvements to my IndieWeb projects. The challenge is to ship something visible and post about it for 100 days. Some of the improvements may be super tiny, some of them might be big ...

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The text of this post is irrelevant to what I experience next, suffice to say that I found it interesting and wanted to comment on it. Noticing that there were already 2 likes and 2 mentions listed just below the post, I perused the webpage looking for how to "like" or comment on it but found no manner of doing do. Eventually after clicking a few links I somehow ended up back at the Twitter silo on the 100 Days of IndieWeb account.

At this point I'm feeling somewhat confused as to where/how one could likewise "like" and/or comment on Aaron Parecki's post about 100 Days of IndieWeb at the point where it was published, namely here, rather than at other places that the post linked to (e.g. IndieWeb wiki).

Rather than simply give up, I thought I'd reply to the original tweet that started me on this rabbit hop, tweeting from my @IndieScripter Twitter account:

@indiewebcamp Starting to feel as an indieweb newbie that I don't get it. Still seems all silo-centric. Also my AU timezone no good with IRC

to which Aaron Parecki, @aaronpk replied:

@indiescripter @indiewebcamp hm, what do you mean "silo-centric"? We often replicate silo UX on our own sites, and we syndicate to silos to…

Now I'm not saying that I should have been able to "like" or comment at the post's point of publication, just that for some reason I seemed to have an expectation that it would be possible to do so. Perhaps it was possible & I just missed on how to do it in the user interface at the post site, or simply that the post site is not designed to or just doesn't have that functionality implemented yet.

Guess now I better let Aaron Parecki know that I've tried to explain what I meant by "silo-centric", so I'll go back to the silo to do just that ;-)

Thanks for reply @aaronpk @indiewebcamp . Explained in my 1st #indieweb article. Hope counts as 1 of the 100 days!

As said first up, I'm just looking forward to full IndieWeb enlightenment. My experience described in this story is a criticism of no-one and nothing.

Update T0+2hrs

Wow, this IndieWeb thing is amazing and so are the people. An IndieWebber, Chris Aldrich just chimed in on this thread with a detailed response to this very article that he just published on his own site and syndicated back to Twitter. The information Chris has given me to help me on my IndieWeb journey is ex auro purissimo. Thanks, Chris.

Update T0+8hrs

Feeling quite pleased with myself that I put in the effort to turn a little Twitter chat into an article that survives independently from the noise of social media. Woke this morning to this reply from IndieWeb maestro, Aaron Parecki:

@indiescripter @indiewebcamp Thanks for the explanation! It's great to hear this feedback from people new to #indieweb. Your point about your…

If you are considering whether or not to add commenting functionality directly on your site, Aaron's take on the matter is food for thought.