On the Open Web and Walled Garden Echo Chambers
There are two proportions to the web. One is the open public web and the other is made up of wall-gardens like Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and the countless closed communities.
The more we all use the latter, the more the former shrinks.
I’m not here to ask you to stop using those platforms. It’s your content and your choice. 🤷🏻♂️
It’s perfectly okay to publish your content on these platforms. Most of you have no options either way as you are bound to that network effect. My point is, it won’t hurt to also keep your content open and accessible by maintaining a simple website for yourself or hosting it on an open platform. A place where you control the data and you own it. Where your friends don’t need an account to access your post/photos.
It’s very easy to maintain a personal blog these days. If you are reading this, it’s very likely that you have found this content via a web search or a text or email from me. See! Content can exist on the open web too!
Why not consider creating one?
This post was first published on September 12, 2012.