It has been 235 days ago when I subscribed to my first Known powered site and a lot has happened since. Let me take you back 235 days and relive my journey that led to the current state; social media almost removed and fully independent social publishing. The tagline of my site “my consolidated home on the internet” was never more true than nowadays. It really is my consolidated home and I have torn apart most of my social media presence and turned it into something much richer and nicer. I now can proudly state I’m a truly independent member of the indieweb.
I already explained my reasons to start with Known and the indieweb. Since my first baby steps on the indieweb a lot has happened;
I’m planning on doing so as well, though first the problem of “visibility” needs to be solved. I tested a while with no syndication, just my site and views dropped dramatically and interaction went to zero. It turns out people do not (yet) use other means of staying up to date. They open Facebook and expect the internet to be handed to them. What is not on Facebook, does not exists for them.
With Tantek and various others experimenting and eventually building features to basically create my very own open social network of independent sites (and people behind them) that can operate both publically like it does today as privately within the boundaries I set, like family or friends only, I think the future will be much better and less distracting then the current Silo based social networks. Also it feels great to own my content and to be able to set the rules myself. If I’m not mistaken Known is heading in that direction as well.
One day my family and friends will have their own (hosted) site and be able to see all of their friends’ updates without leaving their own environment. It will be without any distraction and tailored explicitly for them. Then we all will be free from the corporate web.