One of the best $10 I’ve ever spent was on the micro.blog kickstarter. For my money I was pledged:
PDF and ePub versions of the book, plus early access to Micro.blog. You can reserve your Micro.blog username even before the book is finished.
This week I got an email from kickstarter. The draft of the Indie Microblogging book is available online at book.micro.blog.
I’ve started dipping into the book rather than reading it through. Being beautifully organised online makes this easy.
The book is lot more comprehensive than I expected. Everything I’ve read so far has delighted me. It includes, history, different platforms, interviews with lots of interesting folk. There is also technical information about microformats and other indieweb technologies. This looks like being very readable and useful.
Manton’s personal way of telling the story makes it easy to read and digest.
A couple of quotes, that might not capture the range and depth of the text but resonated very strongly with me:
We want smaller platforms again as was common in the height of Web 2.0. Back then it was more like a fabric of web tools, where one app might build on Flickr’s API, or another app might plug in missing features in early versions of Twitter like search or photo hosting. But with indie microblogging we want to go further, even more decentralized, where platforms fade away and all we have are our own blogs, woven together as a new foundation for the social web.
There weren’t enough blogs back in 2002, and there aren’t enough now. I have no doubt that some of the blogs created today will be important in the years ahead, maybe contributing to a debate on politics, or showcasing new writing or art, or serving as an archive that reflects today’s culture.
Manton asks for feedback, I’ve not spotted anything I think could be improves so far, my only feedback would be lovely stuff!
In classic primary school book reviews a question is often, who else would like this book? If you are interested in any aspect of social media, blogging or online life you will find something of interest. If you are uneasy about Facebook algorithms, or you dislike the politicians and government announcing and pronouncing on twitter, this is for you.