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Replied to a post on github.com :

Are birthday wishes likely the most common examples of this type of post?
eg: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisAldrich/posts/10101384341809765 (sadly the audience for this may not be public, and worse, doesn't seem to be changeable.)

 

Sure enough. Mom Likes it! ❤️

Since my post hit #1 on Hacker News and blew up the article in a whole different way, I thought I ought to change the audience setting on Facebook to public so mom could finally see it.

Sure enough it only took about 10 minutes from the time of the change for my mom to not only "like" it but to "heart" it. This time she went over-and-above and also wrote a note too.

I love my mom!

 

For the syndicated portfolio, you might want to take a peek at the PressForward plugin for WordPress [http://pressforward.org/]. While it is a stand-alone feed reader under the hood and could be used for creating an editorial flow, it will let you use a simple bookmarklet on your work published on another site to make a quick and complete copy of the post on your own site. Within the plugin settings you can set a "time to forward" (I use one second) such that people who visit that particular post will be automatically forwarded to the original (and canonical URL) on the commissioning outlet's site.

As an example, compare:
http://boffosocko.com/2017/06/09/%F0%9F%94%96-feed-reader-revolution-its-time-to-embrace-open-disrupt-social-media/ (which is a bookmark with some commentary pointing to my post)
to
http://boffosocko.com/2017/06/09/how-feed-readers-can-grow-market-share-and-take-over-social-media/ (which is an exact copy of my post, which only I can see on my backend, that redirects the viewer to the original on AltPlatform).

This is beneficial as you can syndicate (POSSE) the post with your own URL to Facebook, Twitter, et al. and folks who click to read will be sent to your site for a moment before being forwarded on to the original. Thus you get a ping and the original outlet also gets a ping (as well as the advertising revenue for it.) And if, for any reason, the original outlet goes out of business, gets sold, or disappears, you've got a word-for-word copy of your original and can simply un-forward it so that it can appear on your site as it was originally published. Naturally if you prefer and the outlet doesn't stipulate otherwise, you could publish the original to your site and not forward it (or even forward it for an exclusivity window of time pre-agreed with the original publisher.)

Additionally, if you're using Brid.gy for backfeed, anyone who comments on your POSSE copies will have their commentary sent to your site. While others won't necessarily be able to see the commentary (if you're forwarding the URL to the publisher's original), at least you'll be aware of it and can reply to it and get your own replies in return. I suspect that in the future brid.gy may be able to scrape commentary based on the syndicated URL so that your personal version aggregates commentary from the publisher's original as well as mentions of it on Facebook, Twitter, et al.

There are still some missing pieces I'd like to see in such a workflow for journalists, but it's slowly and surely getting somewhere.

(I've written about other parts of PressForward before at http://boffosocko.com/2016/12/31/pressforward-as-an-indieweb-wordpress-based-rss-feed-reader-pocketinstapaper-replacement/ as I also have an off-label use-case to replace read it later apps like Pocket and InstaPaper.)

 

Virtual Homebrew Website Club Meetup | July 12, 2017

Join some like-minded people in building and updating your personal website.

Location: Online: Google Hangouts (link TBA)

Time:

Ends:

•Work on your IndieWeb Resolutions for 2017
•Finish that blog post you’ve been working on
•Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs
•Share what you’ve gotten working
•Ask the experts questions

Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site.

Any questions? Ask in chat: http://indiewebcamp.com/irc/today#bottom

Google Hangout: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/nu3zwcimzbhxrmlxv343yq2zsme

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 16:30 (Pacific)

Add your RSVP in the comments below, by adding your indie RSVP via webmention to this post, or by RSVPing yes to one of the posts below:
Indieweb.org event: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-07-12-homebrew-website-club#Virtual_Americas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/237991833381531

The IndieWeb is a growing people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.

Skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Replied to a post on github.com :

I'll check to see if it's the case with altplatforms' bug, but I've discovered that it's having Jetpack's commenting feature "Let readers use WordPress.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ accounts to comment" activated that prevents the Webmention Form from appearing on the page. If I deactivate it, it not only appears properly, but shows up twice with the standalone plugin installed.

Incidentally it also causes issues on my 2016 theme where if one types too much in the enclosed field, the UI moves down and it becomes impossible to actually post the comment!

While I'm thinking about it, as an Indieweb-forward thought, would it be possible to put the Webmention Form at the top of the comment section instead of underneath it? While I'm (and I'm sure most of us are) receptive to comments in general, it would be nice to encourage others to own theirs at the top and then provide the default comment form underneath it. Just a thought...

I'll do some additional testing and report the bug to JetPack shortly.

 

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I've read that it was something they tested out last year in select markets around Mother's Day. It's possible that it was brought back today again for Mother's Day on a limited basis.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/13/15635974/mothers-day-thankful-facebook-camera-flower-reaction-instagram

https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10207656192377271

 

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Interestingly these "loves" (and I suspect other reactions) from Facebook aren't parsed as webmentions (I'm guessing by semantic linkbacks plugin) as the comment_type in wp_comments is empty rather than "webmention", but they are assigned a semantic_linkbacks_type of "reply". I suspect that this is why they're not categorized in the webmention section. I'm not sure what the bug is for giving all the names the same URL....

 

Even Facebook has a (well-hidden) toggle to allow you to see "Most recent" posts (an unadulterated feed??) instead of "Top Stories" (the algorithmic feed). Sadly one has to know it's there and painfully and consciously choose it, which I'm sure very few do.

 
 

Losing My Patience with Google+ #indieweb

And this is where I start to get really mad. Like many others here, I have invested a lot of personal time and energy building a following here. Like many of you, I have poured heart and soul into filling this place not just with great content, but also with a sense of community. I could have made those investments in Twitter or Facebook or reddit, but like many of you, I made them here. And now I'm starting to wonder how smart of a decision that was.

We've heard these cries before all too many times, and sadly we're likely to continue to hear them into the future until and unless people begin taking the web into their own hands.

 

I'm in the same boat with you Jeremy. Each silo certainly has it's own set of functions, personality, and even audience. For me, Facebook and Instagram are more close friends and family, LinkedIn work-related, Twitter and Google+ generic town squares for interacting with people I might not otherwise meet in real life, and Foursquare/Swarm/Nextdoor are for interacting (albeit, not much) with neighbors and people in my geographic vicinity.

Twitter is almost too short in some sense while platforms like Mastodon, pnut, and 10C give more length and often feel more like chat rooms (or IRC or old multi-person instant messenger) interspersed with Twitter-like status updates. There's also a difference in who you're communicating with and which of your audiences they fall into (friends, family, real life acquaintances, internet friends, people with similar interests, etc.). Some of it comes down to interface, space given, and the organic nature of how the people in those communities choose to use them. Though Mastodon is very similar to Twitter, it's the more conversational direction that the users and community who are actively using it push it into that will determine some of its fate--certainly an interesting topic of study for cultural anthropologists.

Another thing I find interesting is their relative sizes. The smaller they seem to be (or perhaps closer to the Dunbar number of users they have) the more conversational and less "post-y" they feel. While I might syndicate some articles or status updates to some of these more chat-like services, I don't feel as much like syndicating all of my chat to them--at least until I could make my personal UI easier to use to do that, and that portends to be quite a way off.

As I bring up Dunbar's research, I also realize there are only so many slivers of the web that I can mentally keep up with at any given time. The closer I come to posting on my own site and interacting that way, the lower my cognitive load seems to become. I no longer spend time in or visit some of the major silos 3-10 times a day anymore since those interactions come back to me in a more natural way.

 

@miklb I literally started an outline of a post today entitled "How WordPress could improve the world while eating Facebook’s Lunch" as I was having a chat with David Shanske over IM. The outline essentially had three bullet points and one of them was really just a bonus. I'm sure it'll take a day or two to flesh things out, but hopefully it will get to the heart of the same idea you're writing about.

 

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Jonathan, perfect, the new version fixes the issues with the content showing on the permalink.

The separate, but somewhat related issue is that the post interface still shows all of the UI for syndicating to all of the options (facebook, twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn, etc.), yet choosing those options doesn't actually syndicate the content. (Typically I wouldn't POSSE these post types anywhere anyway, but other users may expect this piece to work if it's shown.) I know some post types in Known hide the syndication targets when they're not supported (ie, only audio related posts can be syndicated to soundcloud), but I'm not sure how these are done.

Interestingly, when editing these types of posts, the syndication targets (correctly) aren't shown in the editable version.

 

Homebrew Website Club Meetup | March 8, 2017

Join some like-minded people in building and updating your personal website.

Location: Starbucks, 4430 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Time:

Ends:

•Work on your IndieWeb Resolutions for 2017
•Finish that blog post you’ve been working on
•Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs
•Share what you’ve gotten working
•Ask the experts questions

Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site.

Any questions? Ask in chat: http://indiewebcamp.com/irc/today#bottom

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 18:00 (Pacific)

Add your RSVP in the comments below, by adding your indie RSVP via webmention to this post, or by RSVPing yes to one of the posts below:
Indieweb.org event: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-03-08-homebrew-website-club
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/263613614086597/
Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/IndieWeb-Homebrew-Website-Club-Los-Angeles/events/238151537/

The IndieWeb is a growing people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.

Skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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