What is Indieweb.xyz?
Indieweb.xyz is a syndication service—meaning you can notify us when you've posted on your blog and we'll link back to you. The whole thing is organized like Reddit into subs, which are topic-based (usually) collections of links.
The trick is: you may only post to one sub. (If you post to multiple subs, those additional posts are marked as crossposts, which no one sees by default.)
What's Wrong With Just Using Reddit?
I realize I just made a Reddit comparison, but that only applies to the organization by sub.
Everything else is different:
- Self-promotion is encouraged. You have material that you are writing or building and you want a community to see it. This whole site facilitates that.
- Your posts are on your blog. Rather than posting on a social media site where layout options are limited and you are thrown into a busy plaza where everyone is talking, on Indieweb.xyz a link to you redirects to your blog with your own unusual design and your own history.
- No algorithm. Neither upvotes nor your past habits influence the sub. The newest entries appear first. (This has the nice side effect of pushing a link to the top when it is bookmarked again, since it is considered updated.)
There are massive advantages to Reddit: lots of users, wikis and moderation, and your stuff will likely live on there forever.
So do both. Share here and there.
Is Indieweb.xyz a Silo?
Ok, so. Yes. Sort of. But here's the thing.
Even in a decentralized world, you still need some silos. You need a central point of discovery. Otherwise, everything is dispersed and detached with only small connections—no large, exhaustive ones. Wikipedia is a silo—a useful one!
Ok, but the good thing is: Indieweb.xyz stores very little! It doesn't store your posts or your comments. It simply stores a link to you. And any metadata I can get from that link.
This means that anyone else out there can link to that stuff and I own nothing. You can change all your syndication links to a new silo in a few minutes. Fire off your Webmentions and you're setup somewhere else. Webmentions can be troublesome, but this is the amazing benefit of them.
What About Spam?
Well, yes. So—fighting spam requires an algorithm or a lot of manual work. Spam is an unsolved topic for now.
Thing is: the Modern Web has traded spam for clickbait. The algorithms are there to prevent spam. So spam has now figured out how to game the system.
On the bright side, there is no (and will be no) advertising here. So that's a start!
I Want to Read More!
Sure, sure. Settle down. There's a bit more.
Please enjoy your stay!