The IndieWeb movement is about owning your own website, while using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to share and stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Leaders include Ward Cunningham, who invented the wiki; Kevin Marks, former VP Web services at British Telecom; and LiveJournal founder Brad Fitzpatrick, who now works at Google.
They call it the Indie Web movement, an effort to create a web that’s not so dependent on tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and, yes, Google — a web that belongs not to one individual or one company, but to everyone. “I don’t trust myself,” says Fitzpatrick. “And I don’t trust companies.” The movement grew out of an egalitarian online project launched by Fitzpatrick, before he made the move to Google. And over the past few years, it has roped in about 100 other coders from around the world.
Initially, with projects like Diaspora, Indie Web looked to replace so-called “silos” like Facebook and Twitter. But advocates now see that’s unreasonable. “We want to keep in touch with our friends,” says Indie Webber Tantek Çelik. “It’s not practical to go live alone on an island.”
This blog is on WordPress.com, a hosted service, but it seems IndieWeb-friendly. The software is open source, and not only can you export your data to move your blog elsewhere, for $129 WordPress.com will do it for you.