Replied to Not Just ‘Yet Another Microblog’ (

An app built with Bonfire is a preset configuration describing how a collection of extensions should plug and play together. And users can then add more extension to end up with an app that fits their specific needs. For example, imagine installing an extension that adds end-to-end encryption to the messaging functionality, or an extension that adds a calendar view showing any-date based information from other extensions (like the kanban app, or events federated from Mobilizon).

Interested in testing Bonfire and appreciate how it is not ‘just another microblog‘. Really intrigued about the idea of assembling federated apps.

“Doug Belshaw” in Bonfire beta | Open Thinkering ()

Replied to Leave Facebook and Twitter, join the Fediverse (

The Fediverse is a social network by the people, for the people. It’s free in all senses of the word. It’s a loose connection of various servers. It’s like Twitter but not built for advertising.

I love the idea of the Fediverse, but am yet to build the same sense of community I used to have on Twitter. Doug Belshaw talks about following a wide range of people. For now I am happy with RSS.
Listened Microcast #077 – Making the move to Mastodon | Doug Belshaw on Patreon from Patreon

This week’s microcast is about Mastodon and federated social networks.

I enjoyed this Doug. I am not sure where I fit within Mastodon and the fediverse. I have been thinking of trying the IndieWeb instance, however I just don’t have the same sense of community that I found on Twitter.

Also, I use Granary to generate an RSS feed from my Twitter lists.

Bookmarked Almost Everything About Goodreads Is Broken (Medium)

What Goodreads is good for is keeping your own list of books you want to read or have read this year. It’s a list-making app. And while that’s useful, it doesn’t live up to the company’s full promise of being a haven for readers. Readers and authors deserve a better online community. And while Amazon has at least some nominal interest in improving many of its other products — Alexa, for example, becomes more advanced with each passing year — Goodreads lingers in the dustbin of the early aughts, doomed to the hideous beige design and uninspiring organization of a strip mall doctor’s office.

Angela Lashbrook analyses Goodreads and highlights a raft of limitations associated with the site. I wonder if a future possibility would be to create a federated site to support book clubs etc, in the same way that Pixelfed and Mastadon offer alternatives to Instagram and Twitter. This could be supported by micropub clients like indiebookclub which allows users to provide updates on what they are reading.
Bookmarked Bridging the IndieWeb and the Fediverse, part 3 – WordPress ActivityPub plugin by Neil MatherNeil Mather (

Carrying on the sporadic series (here are parts one and two), this is my next tinkering around with a means to connect a WordPress-based IndieWeb site to the Fediverse.

For my hackday project at IWC Utrecht I set up Matthias’ ActivityPub plugin that fully fedifies your WordPress site. It’s dead simple and most excellent.

Neil Mather continues his discussion of the Fediverse. He discusses the difference between using Bridgy Fed and ActivityPub.
Liked Bridging the Indieweb and the Fediverse with Bridgy Fed, part 2 by Neil MatherNeil Mather (

In part 1, I discussed why you might want to bridge your Indieweb site to the Fediverse.
In this follow up post, I’ll describe one way of doing it that I’ve been tinkering with recently.
The tl;dr: using WordPress Indieweb plugins and Bridgy Fed; it works pretty smoothly; still a few quirks at p…