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own your data is one of the principles of the IndieWeb and is an encouragement to always post content directly to your own domain with permalinks that you control instead of posting to silos (or only posting copies of your posts to silos per POSSE, and if so, preferably both automatically & with permashortlinks back to your original posts).

Why

See why.

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How

The Basics

See and follow these in order:

Per Silo

Commit to owning your data by using your site, instead of a silo, for each silo you currently use.

Each silo you stop directly using (POSSE is ok), and use your own site instead, is a step forward in owning your data.

Per Post Type

Commit to owning each kind of post you publish, by using only your site to publish particular kinds of posts (again, POSSE is ok).

Each kind of post you stop posting directly to any/all silo(s), and use always use your own site to create instead, is a step forward in owning your data.

Per Post Type Per Silo

A more incremental but still significant step is stop posting a particular type of post to a particular silo, and always use your own site to publish that type of post instead of that silo.

IndieWeb Examples

INDIEWEB ALL THE THINGS Add yourself here if you:

  • have an indieweb site, and
  • are using it exclusively to post either
    • a particular kind of post (e.g. notes), and/or
    • if you are posting to your site completely instead of a particular silo (e.g. Twitter)

and note what date you started owning your data of what kind(s) of posts, or instead of which silo(s).

For the purpose of this page, please succinctly list, only

  • specific silo(s) you have replaced usage of with your own site. E.g.: I use my own site instead of Twitter (notes, replies, favorites)
  • post type(s) you use your own site for instead of / before any silo posts. E.g.: I post notes on my own site instead of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.
  • post type(s) instead of specific silo - what post type you use your own site for instead of / before a specific silo. E.g.: I post notes & replies on my own site instead of Twitter.

Optional details, for each of the above post types / or "instead of silos", optionally note which projects or tools help you do so.

Examples of what doesn't count:

  • You post some notes on your own site, and some notes directly to Twitter.
    • Why: All or nothing. Either you've committed and are following through with posting all your content of a specific kind to your own site, or you don't yet "own your data" of that type.

Examples of what belongs on your user page instead:

  • owned other things besides post types / instead of silos (sites, domain names, project installs)
  • what other sites you post to

Examples of what doesn't disqualify you:

  • A small number of test posts on any given silo of any given content type, especially if you're doing it as research for how to best POSSE to that silo, especially if you document the results of your research here on the wiki. Though for research purposes, you really should create one or more separate test accounts on silos.

gRegor Morrill

gRegor Morrill has:

Tantek

Tantek Çelik has:

Notes:

  • not yet ownyourreplies. I can't say I yet I follow "ownyourdata" for ALL my replies, as I have posted replies directly to posts on Facebook, whereas I should be posting even those replies on my own site first, and then POSSEing them to Facebook, perhaps via Bridgy publish. Thus I've scoped my "ownyourdata" of replies to only being a replacement for my use of Twitter to post replies.
  • not yet ownyourlikes. I also can't yet say I follow "ownyourdata" for ALL my likes, as I still like photos directly on Instagram, and posts on Facebook.

Snarfed

Ryan Barrett has:

  • instead of Instagram, posted:
    • posted photos on his own site always [24], POSSEd manually, backfed via Bridgy
    • read his Instagram stream via instagram-atom instead of the Instagram app
  • instead of Google+, posted on his own site:
    • articles, notes, and photos always, POSSEd manually, backfed via Bridgy

Bear

bear has

  • owned his articles since 2003-12-18. [25].
  • owned his own replies since May of 2014.
  • owned his own replies to others since November of 2014 but until I add in-reply-to' markup I cannot call them comments.

Aaron Parecki

Kartik

Kartik Prabhu has:

  • owned his articles since 2013-06-01. Invictus.
  • owned his notes since 2014-03-08. [37].
  • instead of Twitter, posted on his own site:
  • instead of Google+, posted on his own site:
    • notes and manual POSSE to Google+ since ??
  • instead of on others blogs not supporting webmentions, posted on his own site:
    • replies and manual POSSE replies to others blogs not supporting webmentions since 2014-08-28. original

Ben Werdmuller

Ben Werdmüller has since 2013-07-11 using Known:

The Dod

ĎÚβĨŐÚŚ Dod has:

Sebastiaan Andeweg

Sebastiaan Andeweg has:

  • instead of Instagram, posted to his own site:
    • photos and POSSE to Instagram (since 2016-11-22, with import of all earlier photos)

... add yourself ...

Hashtag

#ownyourdata is a rallying cry hashtag for aggregating content across indie web sites and 3rd-party silos about "owning your data", "owning your own data" etc.

#ownyourdata posts tend to be a a subset of Posts about the IndieWeb.

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