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A silo, or web content hosting silo, in the context of the IndieWeb, is a centralized web site typically owned by a for-profit corporation that stakes some claim to content contributed to it and restricts access in some way (has walls).

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Silos are characterized by the following:

  • require you to create an account specific to that site to use it (silo identity)
  • allow you to interact on the site only with others with accounts on the site (silo contacts / social network)
  • allows you to post some type of content (text, hypertext, images, video)
  • and typically one or more of the following:
    • an access wall that prevents indexing of (at least some of the) content you contribute
    • a restrictive terms of service (TOS)
    • claims some ownership or license to any content you create within the silo
    • restricts your ability to import/export your content, or content about your content (e.g. comments, tags)

In contrast, see: commons.

Perspectives

What are the silos? Control. The silos are computer-generated dream worlds built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this.
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History

Main article: History

For a brief history of the rise and fall of various silos, see the History page for launch, acquisition, death, and zombification years/dates. See site-deaths for upcoming and past silo deaths in particular.

Popular Silos

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These silos are both popular, and used by a number of indiewebcamp community members (often via POSSE) to stay in touch with their friends.

If you have friends that are active on a popular silo, feel free to add it to this list.

Specialized Silos

Add any silo to this list that you're an active user of and especially if you can document how to export data from it.

Other Silos

  • Cybe appears to be a splash screen and silo at cybe.me with a ton of rhetoric ("manifesto", "vision", etc.).

Silo Quitting

A number of individuals, prominent and otherwise, have publicly "quit" various silos

Linkwrapping

Many silos wrap any links posted on them with their own domains or link-wrapping domains, sometimes in an attempt to make links shorter, sometimes to provide a bottleneck which they can use to mass disable spam/phishing links.

Downsides:

  • Breaks link referrals (you just see the silo wrapper, not the actual post that linked to your domain)
  • Fragile for all the usual link-shorteners by a site other than the owner are fragile problem. As well as their typical use of database ids.

Examples:

See also