Indie Web Camp Frequently Asked Questions
How do you add discoverability of an ActivityStream
Q: What would the best practise be to add discoverability of a ActivityStream to an indie web site?
A: Check out the guide on How to set up your realtime feed for best practises and tips for publishing feeds
Q: Aren't you just talking about federation?
A: Federated social networks and distributed social networks have been touted as an answer to the same problem indie web people are trying to solve. It's not the same. Having federated social networks would probably be an improvement on having single silo services, but it still doesn't put the individual user in control. With an indie web approach, the individual is the primary actor in the network rather than the network.
In a federated social network, it may be the case that there is some equality and transparency and compatibility between services like Twitter, Facebook, status.net, Google+ etc., the networks rather than the individuals are still the primary actors.
With an indieweb approach, the individual users control their own identity, control their own publishing process and syndication (see POSSE) and networking is secondary.
It also doesn't mean that we have to sit around and wait for big sites to agree on protocols (often decided behind closed doors, and often far too hard for individuals to implement) and can just publish stuff on the web.
Not everyone is going to want to run their own website
That's not a problem. Those who want to run their own sites can, and those who don't want to don't have to. There will hopefully be network effects as more people do so in the future. But the great thing is that if you are publishing on your own site, you are getting an immediate benefit out of it now (extra control and flexibility), and are still syndicating to existing social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
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