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Known is an open publishing / community platform project.
It aims to be a simple, beautiful way to share your story using a variety of media from any device. It adheres to the IndieWeb technologies and principles.


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Goals & Model

Known aims to be easy to install, use and customize. It adheres to IndieWeb technologies and principles.

Known is also a full-time business endeavor with the following paid products:

  • A managed, SaaS service.
  • Enterprise licenses.
  • Support subscriptions.
  • Customizations.

It is currently concentrating on higher education educators and institutions as its first customers.

Ben Werdmuller and Erin Jo Richey have founded Known, Inc as a seed-funded startup incubated at Matter Ventures. It formally launched on September 11, 2014, and has graduated from the Matter program.

Releases

Known was released in September 2014. Packages can be downloaded from withknown.com.

Development

Known was released at withknown.com in September 2014. Both a fully-hosted version and a self-hosted version are available. Users will be able to move their content from one to the other, in order to (for example) try the software using the hosted version before configuring their own server.

Documentation is being written at docs.withknown.com.

Plugins & themes

Known has a full plugin architecture, making use of PHP lazy loading and the observer pattern. This makes it very easy to create new content types or behaviors.

Known is being developed with the rule that "indie" content - internal posts, likes, etc - are bundled as included plugins in the main source code repository. If you want to POSSE to external sites, you need to install those plugins separately (although they may also be included in a downloadable distribution of the content).

Currently, content includes:

  • Posts (articles)
  • Status updates (notes)
  • Photos (images)
  • Events (events)
  • Checkins (places)
  • Chickens (chickens)
    • Chickens were demonstrated at the 2013 camp but have not been made available as a plugin.

Supported webmention annotations include:

Known also has a Webfinger endpoint that plugins can extend.

IndieWeb Examples

People currently using Known as their primary site:

People currently using Known as a secondary site or trying it out:

People currently using Known as a public stream for a private community

As of September 25, 2014, there were over 3,000 Known sites, spread between the Known service and self-hosted sites.

How to

Setup Known on nginx

User:elliottucker.net has posted a full how-to here https://elliottucker.net/2014/setting-up-known-with-nginx-indieweb. Note - the source code change is no longer required and you can now also use Known with MySql.

User:rascul.io provided his nginx configuration (based on a more recent version of Known) https://gist.github.com/rascul/ad665c9df9898c6e5074

User:kylewm.com tried unsuccessfully to reproduce reported issues with callbacks from Twitter and Facebook. Here is the configuration that worked for me https://gist.github.com/kylewm/7d8cbc9a72984d67c646

Use MongoDB

The current official documentation says that no config.ini file is needed to use Mongo, but this appears not to be the case any more. Mongo is only used now if it's explicitly specified in the config.ini file, e.g.,

database = 'Mongo'
filesystem = 'local'
uploadpath = '/var/www/data/'

(of course replace /var/www/data with your chosen data directory)

Fix 404 Not Found on /begin

This usually means .htaccess is missing or more often, not allowed, based on the Apache configuration. If you manually visit /index.php/begin instead and see a landing page, it means that htaccess is not being allowed to rewrite URLs.

At least in recent versions of Ubuntu, Apache is configured by default with AllowOverride Off. To allow, create a new <Directory> configuration in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf for your Known install, with AllowOverride All, and restart Apache.

<Directory /var/www/html>
         Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
         AllowOverride All
         Require all granted
</Directory>
  • Would a better sysadmin than me review this please! Kylewm.com

Plugins and Themes Missing

We're not sure what causes this yet, it should "just work". Some things to check:

  • Check that your www-data user has read/execute permissions on the IdnoPlugins and Themes directories
  • Try adding path = /path/to/your/known/ in your config.ini
  • The Apache error log may give some hints, e.g. /var/log/apache2/error.log.

Update: This seems to have been fixed in version 0.6.3

Itches

Notifications

New content types

IndieFriends

Known is designed to be a multi-user system (although Ben and Erin are currently using it as single-user sites). The intention, therefore, is to implement a traditional asymmetrical social networking friends / following model - with an IndieWeb spin.

  • Each user will have a following page, with h-cards marked up using XFN links to each followed user's profile.
  • When User A starts following User B, an appropriate link is made on the following page. A webmention is sent with the source set to User A's following page, and the target set to User B's profile page.
  • User B's system notifies User B, who can react accordingly.
  • Ideally, this is then attached to a reader component. See below ...

In a future embodiment, each step in the webmention process could be signed on a per-user basis (I'm interested in HTTP signatures, with keys exchanged / assigned at the point of mention. This would allow content to be made privately available to individual users. Other methods of retrieving private web content should also be considered.

Reader

Because it's not enough to publish: a way to _consume_ IndieWeb content from a Known user's followed sites and users.

Articles

Articles written about Known, especially in the press / mainstream media (most recent first)

Videos

Videos about Known (most recent first.

Unrelated

See Also