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.
- (R) - Read-only. Site placed into read-only mode.
- (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. Possibly resurrected by unaffiliated party and used for link spam.
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
- 2004-01-24 (L): Orkut launched (Wikipedia)
- 2004-02-04 (L): Facebook launched
- 2004 (L): Lavabit launched
- 2006-07-15 (L): Twitter launched
- 2007-07 (L): FFFFOUND launched (Wikipedia)
- 2007-10-02 (L): FriendFeed launched (Wikipedia)
- 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
- 2011-07-14 (L): Persona launched (blog post)
- 2011-10-17 (L): OpenPhoto 1.2 launched (blog archive), no earlier versions on blog
- 2011-12-02 (A): Gowalla acquired by Facebook
- 2013-01-14 (L): Branch launched (Techcrunch)
- 2013-01 (D): MyVidoop.com (an OpenID provider) shutdown, after the company dissolved in 2009 (crickwaters.wordpress.com)
- 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
- 2014-01-13 (A): Branch acquired by Facebook
- 2014-01-13 (A): Potluck acquired by Facebook
- 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.
- 2015-03-31 (D): The Photo Project (formerly Trovebox, launched as OpenPhoto) shutdown
- 2015-04-10 (D): FriendFeed shutdown
- 2015-06-03 (D): Branch shutdown
- 2018-01-27 (R): Lanyrd goes read-only after being down a bunch.
- 2018-04-20 (A): Flickr acquired by SmugMug (USA Today)
- Add one line summaries for each social media and/or open/federated/distributed/decentralized web service site-death (D) and preferably also (L)aunch date as well.
- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, ...
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