This history provides brief one-line descriptions of contextually historic website events of and around the indieweb, including blogging precursors, and the rise & fall of notable social network silos.
When writing history, please mention people involved, dates, and sources for each.
- timeline for a brief history of key indieweb ideas, standards, achievements, implementations, and in-person events.
- founders for a brief history of IndieWebCamp itself.
- (L) - Launched. Site, service, or group launched.
- (A) - Acquired. Site or service acquired.
- (F) - Finality known. Site shutdown announced.
- (D) - Died. Site shutdown, crashed and didn't recover, or otherwise came to an untimely demise.
- (Z) - Zombified. Site/domain still up but permalinks/posts/content gone or heavily removed/damaged. Functionality drastically reduced or changed.
In chronological order, grouped by year:
When adding from site-deaths, please shorten description of event to a minimal one-liner, keep citations in bracket  form, and only include events about notable social network silos.
- 1994 (L): Geocities launched
- Your personal domain/blog was a way to host identity and data
- People learned how to program and to do web development through their blogs
- RSS emerged, diverged
- 2006-07-15 (L): Twitter launched
- 2007 (L): Gowalla launched
- 2008 (L): Posterous launched
- 2008-02-03 (I): XMPP PubSub Federation implemented between Twitter and Jaiku silos by Blaine Cook and Ralph Meijer respectively, at Social Graph FooCamp.
- 2008-11 (D): AOL Hometown shutdown (with only 2 weeks notice)
- 2011-06-29 (A): MySpace acquired by Specific Media
- 2011-12-02 (A): Gowalla acquired by Facebook
- 2013 (D): Lavabit shutdown
- 2013 (D): Upcoming shutdown
- 2013-02 (F): Posterous shutdown announced
- 2013-04-30 (D): Posterous shutdown
- 2013-06-13 (Z): MySpace deleted nearly all existing user content
- 2014-07-21 (L): W3C Social Web Working Group launched with a wiki home page, and a charter citing key IndieWeb technologies: IndieAuth, Webmention, h-entry, h-card, h-cite, and web actions.
If you know specific dates for the launch, acquisition, death, or zombification of these sites (or any of the above year-only or year-month-only dates), please edit and move to the appropriate year, preferably with online citation.
2002-2006: Rise of Social Networks Silos
- Friendster (2002) (what was significant about Friendster in 2002?)
- Facebook (2005) (what was significant about Facebook in 2005?)
- Myspace (2004) (what was significant about Myspace in 2004?)
- Integrated UI and subscription model
- One click signup
- Posts about the IndieWeb
- Lots of good site start years citations etc.: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/07/internet200807