Category: i.webthings

I’m on a mission here

i.webthings is a subset of jenett.webthings, an independent web and networking initiative. Two of its projects, the dailywebthing linkport and dailywebthing daily pointers, born of my long-term appreciation of the potential of hypertext and the medium, have similar motivations behind them. I've been curating and sharing links online since 1997 and have continually done so because I enjoy doing it so much and get to help others discover new things in the process. The linkport and daily pointers are in my blood.

more important now than ever

Last Fall, my enthusiasm for what I do on the web was somewhat rejuvenated, sparked by initiatives like Micro.blog and the IndieWeb and by people like Brad Enslen whose human-edited web directory appeals to me and Kicks Condor who provided helpful feedback to something I wrote in December as part of an ongoing conversation between us (I also like his directory btw). Both of these guys made me more aware of the concept of human-curated links, new ways to find them, and the benefits of new tools (webmentions, etc.) we now have at our disposal. They've inspired me big time. Thanks Brad and Kicks.

learning some other things

I recently learned one needs to be careful when cross-posting to social networks, particularly when one has two linkblogs that update every day set to automatically cross-post to a single social media account. After only 2 days and having cross-posted from each linkblog once each day to my new i.webthings account on Mastodon, I received a message from the instance admin:

Your account was reported for spam, which is against our Code of Conduct. I have silenced your account (people can still follow you but you won’t show up in the local/federated timelines). Let me know what I can clarify, have a good day.

Nothing like this to curb one's enthusiasm! After a total of 4 cross-posts in 2 days, my mission to share links was somehow mistaken for advertising or excessive promotion or they thought i.webthings is a bot. That's about all I can glean from said Code of Conduct.

I'm probably more sensitive to spam, advertising, and self-promotion than most people and regret I didn't foresee this happening considering my linkblogs are updated daily. It never dawned on me that someone might mistake my promotion of others' sites to be self-promotion. Oh well.

I didn't care to argue the point with anyone and decided to simply delete the account and move forward with what I learned and modified my plans accordingly. I don't like it but I do get it.

When it comes to what I do on the web, the positives have always outweighed the negatives. That's why I'm still here and remain even more determined and committed to my mission.

Carry on.

updates: i.webthings site network

Update 02/07/19: Revisions below reflect changes made due to recently received feedback.

I’ve pretty much finished the first stage of upgrading the five sites which I consider part of the i.webthings family. These are the most active and regularly updated sites among those I’ve built.

The project involved migrating the sites from an outdated ‘legacy’ version of moveabletype to WordPress, which allowed for easier addition of indieweb functionality and a different design approach, which I rather enjoy.

sites in the family

As noted above, the first three sites in the list are associated with @iwebthings while the last two are associated with @joejenett. If I’ve done things right, all posts from these five sites will cross-post automatically to their respective twitter accounts, and should receive webmentions from the twitter platform as well starting tomorrow.–> Occasionally, posts from these sites may be cross-posted to twitter.

Though I said I’ve completed this stage, I have to admit I’ll still be watching and fixing things that may go awry. For now, let’s see how it goes. I hope you enjoy these new ways of following and interacting with the i.webthings family. The future is certainly now.

(previously syndicated to IndieNews)

i.surfing adventures

I could have called this the good, the bad, and the ugly but since that’s a little cliché and already taken, I’ll stick with adventures. I do this thing daily and every session brings both joy and annoyance and in between those two extremes are things that simply provoke thought and wonder. So here we go with a few things encountered just this morning…

good: obscure little gem

A blog with a single post from 2013 features a delightful music video from 2010 and though many of the links on the page are broken, I’d be a fool not to share it somewhere so enjoy!

bad: what were they thinking

There’s something I encounter now and then that’s more comical than it is annoying and I can’t help but question what the site designer was thinking when they decided to put all the important links in the footer. While that, in itself, is not really a problem, the site in question also keeps adding content at the bottom as you scroll down.It does so over and over again leaving you to wonder just how long you’re going to have to keep scrolling before you finally have a chance to click on that Privacy link you keep seeing for a tenth of a second in the footer. It’s a usability nightmare, thank you very much and as funny as it is, I just don’t wanna play no more.

ugly: you won’t slap me again

You’ve seen it and it’s a most disturbing trend. You land on a site’s homepage for the first time and a big box is overlaid on the page. They want you to sign up for their oh-so-important newsletter and decided that getting your attention is so critical that they’ll make you have to take some action (sign up or close the overlay) to get to the content. To me, that’s a fucking slap in the face and I am so gone!

Toot toot.

(prior discussion)