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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).
Silos are characterized by the following:
In contrast, see: commons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of individuals, prominent and otherwise, have publicly "quit" various silos
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.