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Kevin Marks

Hello and welcome to the indieweb - do come and talk to us at - if you want to start a Homebrew Website Club in the Philippines we'd love to help.

Kevin Marks

“All the bubbles since had just moved money from the world of the useful into the pockets of the hyperrich, to be flushed back into the financial casino where it would do nothing except go around and around again, being reengineered by high-speed-trading ex-physicists who should know better.”

Kevin Marks

I made a site that will let you make a subdomain for your tumblr blog I'm told by Peter Molnar that this will let you avoid NSFW censorship and Oath interstitials

Kevin Marks

seeing if quill still works with my hosted known

Kevin Marks

sending webmentions for all links in #indieweb #yesvember

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A while back I built 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


Kevin Marks

Rel-me, mastodon and browser plugins

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If you go to an account on, like you can see that it now verifies rel=me links:

However not all mastodon instances have updated to 2.6.1 yet, eg

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 version, you can check their checkmarks should be checked:

Which is helps see if aral is being sneaky.

Kevin Marks

The verify-me plugin is now approved at the Chrome store:
Not sure how to get the firefox version updated.

Kevin Marks

I updated the verify-me plugin at to use Martijn's local code instead of - it's pending review at the chrome store

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

“I look at all the people in tech who are convinced they are saving the world, that what they do matters. When the money goes, and it will, that feeling will go with it.”