My whole presence in the #fediverse is predicated on POSSE (and PESO) principles along with federated posting and SNS. I’m a semi-active part of the Indieweb community where this grassroots methodology sprang forth. It’s one of “build your own website and have others comment on it — that’s the network right there” simplicity.
Just like email is still the most universal messaging app, websites are still the least silo’d SNS app. It seems as if my cause to get back to basics has been taken up by a lot more than I thought lately, so much so, that today a very popular podcast topic was all about this very thing and features just about everyone I’ve personally tapped at some point for guidance in my own #indieweb journey.
In summary, the article and accompanying podcast talk about:
- POSSE: A way of posting on your own website and syndicating to other platforms. It gives you more control and reach over your content.
- Challenges: POSSE requires technical skills, time, and tools to manage cross-posting and engagement. It also raises questions about platform norms and audience preferences.
- Solutions: Tools like Micro.blog, Bridgy, and WordPress can help with POSSE. A two- or three-step publishing process can allow customization for each platform.
- Future: POSSE is part of a more open and decentralized social web. It might lead to new tools for reading, moderating, organizing, and algorithmizing posts.
- I goofed the title… It’s ActivityPub not Activity
Web. I don’t know why I keep subconsciously making that mistake.
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t link to Tantek’s beautifully crafted summary of his own thoughts about the interview and a deeper reflection/explanation of the subjects therein; Also his site is one of the oldest and comprehensive POSSE/PESO efforts ever seen and should be used as an example. Visit it at ttk.me t5TZ1
- The Indieweb.org site is the perfect place to get all this information about crafting your own effort in this space if you want to give it a go. Visit indieweb.org/start and if you get stuck, you can chat with other enthusiasts and advocates like me thru IRC/Slack/Discord as well.