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An original post link (or original post permalink / OPP) is a hyperlink from a POSSE copy to its original indieweb post.


You should post original post links on a POSSE copy of your original post in order to make it:

  • more clear that the POSSE copy is a copy
  • easier for humans to click through to the original post
  • enable original-post-discovery for readers and other uses like preferring to link to and display original comments instead of their POSSE copies.

How to

When you post a POSSE copy, you should link to it at or near the end of the content of your POSSE copy with text like:

(Originally posted at : URL)

This was originally posted on my own site.

For shorter POSSE destinations like Twitter and Foursquare, consider using a simple trailing permashortlink.

Ideally you original post links should use rel=canonical as well.

IndieWeb Examples


Tantek Çelik has been posting original post links (as plain permashortlinks, and then later sometimes as permashortcitations) on his POSSE tweet copies since 2010-01-26.

... more examples ...

There are many more indieweb examples on specific silo POSSE pages that should be incorporated here, e.g.:

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith posts original post links with the text:

This was originally posted on my own site.


Roland Turner

Roland Turner posts articles to rolandturner.com, and syndicates some to Medium, e.g.

Service Examples

Bridgy Publish

Bridgy Publish has the option (default) of posting an original post link along with your POSSE copy.

E.g. POSSE Facebook copy: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101972337421793

has original post link text at end of post:

(Originally published at: http://tantek.com/2015/318/t1/thoughts-friends-colleagues-paris)

where the URL is in the text content and auto-linked by Facebook

Other Examples

Additional examples of how pages / publications link syndicated copies to theri originals:

Article First Appeared

This article first appeared at Name of Original Source.


  • "article" links to the original post permalink
  • "Name of Original Source" links to the original blog/publication home page


See Also