We ran into Aaron Parecki at Portland Startup Week and he told us about IndieWebCamp. It wasn’t too long after that that we met some more people talking about it. And then a little later we got to interview renowned web developer Jeremy Kieth and he, too, told us about IndieWebCamp.
There’s a reason it’s a growing movement. IndieWebCamp wants “to make it easier for everyone to have a personal website and own their data.” That’s in quotes because gRegor Morill (capitalization is his own) is also talking about IndieWebCamp. It makes total sense. Twitter, Facebook, and other convenient online platforms are great, but too many of us are simply forking over assets to big online companies while losing control over our own data.
So what is the mission of IndieWebCamp? Well, here’s Cathie LeBlanc saying it much better than we can:
IndieWeb wants us all to have a web presence that we own and control. We can still use tools like Twitter and Facebook to bring us together, but we publish our content first on our own web sites.
The growing movement will gather to share and build ideas in Portland on Monday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 27. We’ll be there as a sponsor because what they’re teaching is what we’ve been preaching: building your own website is fast and easy, and allows you to maintain control of your content.
As Parecki says, “The 8th annual IndieWeb Summit brings together innovators, artists, designers, developers, and journalists who are passionate about sharing, making, and growing the independent web, publishing & interacting directly with each other using personal websites instead of social media silos.”
Actually, there is a whole whole lovely blog entry about it here.
We’re excited to be there and spread the word. Those giant social platforms are useful tools to share what you’ve built, but there’s nothing like owning your online presence.