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Solid is an abbreviation for Social Linked Data (originally capitalized as SOLID, sometimes as SoLiD), a web-based protocol designed for decentralized social web applications and Linked Data with features such as single sign-on, universal access control, and a universal data API.


Solid was named by Sandro Hawke during a W3C Social Web Working Group meeting as captured in the meeting minutes.


High-level goals description from:

Solid technically is a new level of standard at the web layer, which adds things never put into the original spec, such as global single sign-on, universal access control, and a universal data API so that any app can store data in any storage place. Socially Solid is a movement away from much of the issues with the current WWW, and toward a world in which users are in control, and empowered by large amounts of data, private, shared, and public.

Solid Applications

There's a growing list of applications at with some promising projects, like Plume for blogging.


Hype around initial announcement

Solid was announced with a vehement approach in it's early days, which attracted quite a bit of criticism, particularly because it seems to be hard to set it up.

Hard to set up

Misreported by the press

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