Dear Facebook, So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

5 thoughts on “Dear Facebook, So Long and Thanks For All The Fish”

  1. Sam, I’ve been having very similar thoughts on this topic. I’ve started using http://bmoore.me as my origination point for posts, RSS reading (via Tiny Tiny RSS), curating an archive of interesting stories, and my personal cloud (via OwnCloud). I’ll soon be setting up email service there, too.

    The old FB habit and ecosystem comforts are hard to break, though. My personal blog lacks the tagging/notification/location features that make network so natively social. If I visit a coffee shop with a friend, for example, they’re not notified when I create a simple link on my blog like they are when I tag them on Facebook.

    My hope is that we can find ways to make personal cloud and blogging systems more inherently social. First, we’ll own our data, like you mention. Second, we will build a more sustainable online ecosystem that won’t fail when a single platform fails, so we won’t have to keep reinventing the wheel when services like Facebook go the way of MySpace.

    1. Exactly, Brandon. Great points about having multi-points of failure.

      I think we were really close to getting to the pinging/notification system for updates in ’07ish at the height of Twitter’s open API, tracking and protocols like pubsubhubbub. Much of that excitement died down with the expansion of Facebook etc but I think (hope) more and more folks (especially young folks) are going to start investigating how to get us out of the walled gardens. At least the ones who want a better web.

      I’m using Fever installed on my server mainly because it integrates with Press on Android but I’ve been tinkering with TinyTinyReader. It’s a great idea for sure.

      I’ve been using my host for my mail but looking into turning this Ubuntu machine into a mail server (already serving well as a media server with Plex).

      I keep meaning to install OwnCloud. Downloading now. Thanks for the reminder!

      Subscribed to your blog. Keep it up!

  2. Sam, I’ve been having very similar thoughts on this topic. I’ve started using http://bmoore.me as my origination point for posts, RSS reading (via Tiny Tiny RSS), curating an archive of interesting stories, and my personal cloud (via OwnCloud). I’ll soon be setting up email service there, too.

    The old FB habit and ecosystem comforts are hard to break, though. My personal blog lacks the tagging/notification/location features that make network so natively social. If I visit a coffee shop with a friend, for example, they’re not notified when I create a simple link on my blog like they are when I tag them on Facebook.

    My hope is that we can find ways to make personal cloud and blogging systems more inherently social. First, we’ll own our data, like you mention. Second, we will build a more sustainable online ecosystem that won’t fail when a single platform fails, so we won’t have to keep reinventing the wheel when services like Facebook go the way of MySpace.

    1. Exactly, Brandon. Great points about having multi-points of failure.

      I think we were really close to getting to the pinging/notification system for updates in ’07ish at the height of Twitter’s open API, tracking and protocols like pubsubhubbub. Much of that excitement died down with the expansion of Facebook etc but I think (hope) more and more folks (especially young folks) are going to start investigating how to get us out of the walled gardens. At least the ones who want a better web.

      I’m using Fever installed on my server mainly because it integrates with Press on Android but I’ve been tinkering with TinyTinyReader. It’s a great idea for sure.

      I’ve been using my host for my mail but looking into turning this Ubuntu machine into a mail server (already serving well as a media server with Plex).

      I keep meaning to install OwnCloud. Downloading now. Thanks for the reminder!

      Subscribed to your blog. Keep it up!

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