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Zach Leatherman

Own Your Content on Social Media Using the IndieWeb

October 18, 2019

Originally presented at JAMstack_conf_sf in San Francisco, CA USA 🇺🇸 on October 17, 2019. Based on the blog post I’m Taking Ownership of my Tweets on this very web site.

For this talk I built a social media platform: MySpaceBook.info, the only social media site exclusively for astronauts. Unfortunately midway through the presentation an investor called me up to make an offer on the site and I was left with no choice but to sell it, taking all of the user data down with it. If you use the principles I outline in this talk, you would have been able to take agency over your data, preserving it on your own terms.

Abstract

You’ve been posting to Medium, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. The gardens are walled. The silos are tall.

Inevitably when we are beholden to social media, the terms of service for these sites are subject to change. What can we do to protect our stuff and take back our digital social interactions out of these silo’d spaces and move them to places that we control?

With the IndieWeb and JAMStack, this is not only possible but pretty approachable too.

Video

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Slides

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Zach’s ugly mug (his face)

Zach is a builder for the web with IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.netlify.comNetlify. He created the IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.11ty.devEleventy site generator and is still fixated on web fonts. His public speaking résumé includes talks in eight different countries at events like Jamstack Conf, Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. He is an emeritus of Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and still helps out with nebraskajs’s AvatarNebraskaJS. Read more about Zach »

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5 Comments
  1. Derek Homan

    @derekhoman

    awesome watching now. thanks for sharing the link

  2. Mark Boulton

    @markboulton

    That's a great talk! I would *love* to get this up and running on my site. Any plans to release some of the magic you've built?

  3. Zach Leatherman ❤️’d @jamstackconf

    @zachleat

    Yes, I absolutely plan on doing this! It’s pretty close—stay tuned!

  4. Jordan Winslow

    @JordanDWinslow

    This is a paradigm shift that MUST happen for human evolution. 1. Eliminates censorship. 2. Potential to pay users for good content (redistribution of gains) 3. Cambridge Analytica anyone? 4. No more privacy breaches. 5. Users dictate social policy, not 15 white men in suits.

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