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Director of Web Strategy at the Internet Society. Author, speaker and podcaster on Internet technologies, VoIP, telecom, security, social media, IPv6, DNSSEC. Addicted to the sport of curling.


Watching the spammers invade Known

Watching the spammers invade Known

It's been over 3 years since I last posted here on Known. I had in fact not thought much about this site.

UNTIL... about 5 days ago when I started getting notifications about comments being added to various posts here.

Yep, the spammers are here.  Maybe they have been for a while and just hadn't yet targeted my posts. But now they have.

Rather ironically, they were posting spam comments on a post I wrote in 2014 about Webmentions and the possibility of spam.

Obviously that is still an issue. :-(

This is why we can't have nice things.


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Watching Known Evolve... And Being Intrigued By Convoy...

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While I haven't posted here very often at all, I've definitely been following the impressive growth of Known.  I'm subscribed to the notifications of the Github repo and as a result get an email whenever issues are opened/closed, etc.  It's been great to see all the work that has happened here to make Known better and stronger.

I'm particularly intrigued by the new Convoy service for connecting a self-hosted Known installation out to social networks.  This addresses one of the challenges I found with self-hosting Known: configuration of the connectors out to different individual social networks is cumbersome and involves a good bit of work.

This new Convoy service appears to act as a connection broker in a very similar way to how the Jetpack plugin's "Publicize" module works for WordPress.  In Jetpack's case it is using the connectivity into social networks to allow self-hosted WordPress sites to ride along on those existing connections.  You simply activate the connection between your self-hosted WordPress site and via Jetpack and, ta da, you can connect out to social networks.

Convoy appears to work in a similar fashion.  I haven't tried it out yet but that is what it looks like.  Very cool to see.

While I'm quite happy with my current sites being hosted on WordPress and am not yet ready to move my own writing over to Known, I'm very glad Known is out here and evolving as it is.  We need a competitive market of self-publishing platforms so that we as writers and publishers have a choice of innovative and useful platforms.

Congrats to the Known team for all they have done so far!


That moment when your computer makes a notification sound… but you can’t identify it, nor know which browser tab or app made the sound!


Soo... if I want to comment on Jon Udell's post on Known from my own Known site... do I just put in a link to his post: This is not very clear in any of the Known documentation.


Pleased to see that former neighbor Jon Udell is on Known as


"Innovation requires serendipity." - Eli Pariser in "The Filter Bubble"


Of Leaf Banks, Yankee Frugality and our Disposable Society -


FIR On Technology Episode 2 Is All About Known And The IndieWeb

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Yesterday I published episode 2 of "FIR On Technology with Dan York" where I spoke with overall FIR co-host Shel Holtz about Known and the IndieWeb.  In the 44 minutes we covered a wide range of topics.  The web page for the episode contains a long list of links to articles and sites we discussed.

Comments are very definitely welcome!


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FIR On Technology Episode 2 - Known and the IndieWeb