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Mitch Lasky: Is Publishing Dead?

Mitch Lasky‘s talk from GDC this year, Is Publishing Dead, is great. Blunt, funny, smart, and most of all, thoughtful in a way that conference talks rarely achieve. I’ve thought a fair amount about how digital distribution and cheap tools will affect publishers and media of all forms, and Lasky nails the question at its bones. Highly recommended.

(It also doesn’t hurt that Lasky is a partner at Benchmark, which funded Quip. Coincidence, I swear!)

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Webmentions for Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress.com

One of the main IndieWeb goals is to do more social networking on our own personal web sites, instead of on silos like Facebook and Twitter. To do this, our web servers need to talk to each other. That’s what the webmention protocol is for, and it works great, but it’s still young, so many big web hosts don’t support it yet.

To address this, I’ve launched a new Bridgy feature that adds webmention support to Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress.com. When you sign up, Bridgy starts receiving incoming webmentions for your blog posts and adds them as comments. It also notices when you publish a new post and sends webmentions to other sites that you link to.

This lets bloggers send IndieWeb comments, likes, event RSVPs, and even private messages. It also lets them use Bridgy to show comments and likes from social networks on their blog posts (aka backfeed).

If you’re on Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress.com, give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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IndieWeb people: update your webmention discovery

Hey IndieWeb developers! We recently added an important feature to the Webmention spec: discovery by <a> tag. If you maintain webmention code or have an IndieWeb site that sends webmentions, please add this! It should be just a few lines of code; here’s an example.

Originally, web sites could advertise their webmention endpoint in the Link HTTP header or in a <link rel="webmention"> HTML tag. This change adds the option to use <a rel="webmention"> too. This is useful on hosts that don’t allow custom HTTP headers or <link> tags, notably WordPress.com.

This change was inspired by a big new Bridgy feature: webmention support for Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress.com. (More about that soon!) Blogger and Tumblr let you add <link> tags, but WordPress.com doesn’t, so we needed this to close the loop there.

Happy hacking!

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