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Kevin Marks

sending webmentions for all links in mention.tech #indieweb #yesvember

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A while back I built mention.tech which is a webmention sending tool with a couple of differences - you can set it as your webmention endpoint, and it will pass through webmentions, but it will also cache the mentions itself, in case the linked URL doesn't have an endpoint.

What it didn't have was a way to look for all outbound mentions and send them for a post, so I added that tonight. It may need to work more carefully wiht h-feeds, but with an h-entry it should be OK.

Try it out at mention.tech/mentionall

 

Kevin Marks

Rel-me, mastodon and browser plugins

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If you go to an account on mastodon.social, like mastodon.social/@kevinmarks you can see that it now verifies rel=me links:

However not all mastodon instances have updated to 2.6.1 yet, eg xoxo.zone/@kevinmarks

Help is at hand though - with the verify-me chrome plugin it will check when you click the green tick:

And if you go try this on the mastodon.social version, you can check their checkmarks should be checked:

Which is helps see if aral is being sneaky.

Kevin Marks

How do we replace Flickr? #Indieweb #Yesvember

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Flickr, like all successful social software, is different things to different people. When something is done well, we internalize the communities that we interact with on it as part of the character of the place.

Just two average guys, minding their own business, walking down the street in SF.  The usual.  This is usual, right?

Flickr was intentionally built as a community - it had community guidelines and a welcoming presence from Heather Champ and George Oates, who tummelled it brilliantly, welcoming new people and setting the tone.

Don MacAskill, Smugmug CEO and new owner of Flickr, wants to retain this:

We bought Flickr because it’s the largest photographer-focused community in the world. I’ve been a fan for 14 years. There’s nothing else like it. It’s the best place to explore, discover, and connect with amazing photographers and their beautiful photography. Flickr is a priceless Internet treasure for everyone and we’re so excited to be investing in its future. Together, hand-in-hand with the the most amazing community on the planet, we can shape the future of photography.  

However, he also wants to change things, in particular he wants to undo Yahoo's 'Free TB of storage' model:

In 2013, Yahoo lost sight of what makes Flickr truly special and responded to a changing landscape in online photo sharing by giving every Flickr user a staggering terabyte of free storage. This, and numerous related changes to the Flickr product during that time, had strongly negative consequences.

First, and most crucially, the free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography. This caused a significant tonal shift in our platform, away from the community interaction and exploration of shared interests that makes Flickr the best shared home for photographers in the world. We know those of you who value a vibrant community didn’t like this shift, and with this change we’re re-committing Flickr to focus on fostering this interaction.

I get this, but the heuristic that Don has chosen—free photos will be limited to 1000, and the oldest ones will be deleted first—is likely to damage the original community feeling that he wants to preserve. Ton points out the Creative Commons ethos, but it is an earlier mode that I want to point to.

In the early years, before cameras in cellphones and huge bandwidth became commonplace enough that we all had photostreams, Flickr was the place where we shared a community record of events. We'd upload our photos and tag them together to make a shared sense of occasion. I know if I want to remember etechmicroformats first anniversary or the vloggies, the photos will be there.

DSCN0375Microformats One Year Anniversary PartyLike Father, Like Son

However, a lot of these photos are from free users, and they may have gone over 1000, so the collages will be ruined.

I'd like to suggest a more subtle heuristic. If images are public, and tagged, and especially if they are creative commons, Flickr should retain them to preserve this archive. If as Don says there are 3% of users with many thousands of photos that are private, they will still be hit by this without enclosing the commons.

On the creative commons side, the Internet Archive can download those:

As for the people who want a big private archive of photos for free, send them to Google Photos, who love users like that (and will run machine learning over them for fun and profit).

Meanwhile, over in the fediverse, pixelfed is just getting started.

Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

Day 9: Previewing Mastodon instances as h-feed #100DaysOfIndieWeb

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I was watching Christopher try to decide which mastodon instance to join. This made me realise that we need a way to preview instances’ local and federated streams. So I made one: Here's mastodon.social and here's  toot.cafe

How this works is that from mastodon 1.1.1 the public timeline json api no longer needs authentication, so I can read it by default. I do this, then use a tempate to render it as an h-feed compliant view.

I also added a list of known instances from  instances.mastodon.xyz, though I wasn't able to  fetch the list dynamically.

I hope you find a mastodon insatcne community that you like.

 

Kevin Marks

Day 8: A specification for rel=canonical, by request #100DaysOfIndieWeb

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Domenic pointed out that rel=canonical was not well specified in the HTML spec. We had a stub page on the microformats wiki, so I expanded it into a more detailed discussion.

I tried to follow my mantra that 'standards should be documentation, not legislation' by explaining and linking rather than just writing a list of imperatives without much explanation. 

Do let me know what you think

Kevin Marks

Day 2 Saving webmentioned URLs to archive.org #100DaysOfIndieWeb

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With many pages vanishing from the web this week, we've been thinking about archiving in

One thing that several people have started to do is to send their posts and the pages they link to to the internet archive

I was already doing this for all SVG's posted to svgshare.com, my vector image sharing site (though I fixed some bugs in that today too).

But what could I do for my other posts? Well, I previously made mention-tech to send webmentions, which is handy for my static posts on kevinmarks.com, so I made it ping the archive for both source and target URLs in the webmention sent. Do try it yourself.

Kevin Marks

Well done!

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I think Ashton is the first person to be able to play all 3 roles in SWAT0

Kevin Marks

Where is the editor for facebook notes?

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John Biesnecker posted a note on facebook today that had a banner header and large, readable serif font. However , the "poste by" link goes to 'blog.facebook.com' - is this support for external editors?

If so, that seems an friendly possibility. For now it's just confusing.