I've noticed that some IndieWeb blogs converge towards Xanadu's most popular design patterns.Table of Contents
I've known about the fact that IndieWeb exists as a vague concept for a while.
I'm more religious about (as in: attached to, committed to) the idea of digital gardening than I am to IndieWeb, but these communities have different strengths.Digital gardening is more focused on the form of a website (is there a knowledge graph on the site? are there link previews on hover?) than its function.
I really went to an IndieWeb meeting out of curiosity and stayed after receiving kindness from strangers. The concept of having your own website is pretty simple, but I'm most drawn to the people of IndieWeb - the indiewebbers.
Ted Nelson's idea of transclusion requires pieces of online content to have a single source of truth - no copies, no duplicates. POSSE (post on your site, syndicate elsewhere) embraces this "single source of truth" idea.
POSSE relies on copies of content, but all those copies point to the original. This is different than the common practice in which you can copy the content of a webpage to another webpage without any attribution or hints as to where the content originally came from.
Webmentions are similar to Xanadu's bi-directional links that allow you to see where a certain piece of writing has been referenced online.
James wrote some code that enables visible linking (link previews on hover) for self-hosted sites.
Xanadu is a 10+ year long project that was never finished. I listened to a podcast recently where Ted Nelson, decades since the beginning of Xanadu, was harping about his failure and bitterness. The Future of Coding podcast made the observation that early computing researchers like Ted Nelson and Alan Kay come off as bitter and unhappy when discussing modern computing.
I understand that Xanadu never came to be. I understand that Ted Nelson and Tim Berners-Lee disagreed on the nature of hypertext.
I still don't understand why Ted Nelson sounds bitter about the fate of Xanadu when the project was so influential regardless. I'm talking about it now. Creators of apps like Notion and are.na have been inspired by Xanadu. Even the creator of glitch.com likes Ted Nelson. Why does Ted Nelson still feel like he failed?
I actually have more to say about Ted Nelson but those thoughts apply to Alan Kay as well, so I'll end this now 🔚