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The Web we need to save

The Web is under constant threat from closed platforms which are becoming increasingly popular as publishers and other content creators look to those captive markets to distribute their work. There is a greater Web we need to save, the open Web.

This quote speaks for itself. It comes from an article on The Guardian titled “Iran’s blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web” which you should read. It’s important.

I miss when people took time to be exposed to opinions other than their own, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. I miss the days when I could write something on my own blog, publish on my own domain, without taking an equal time to promote it on numerous social networks; when nobody cared about likes and reshares, and best time to post.
That’s the web I remember before jail. That’s the web we have to save.

Thanks to Matt Mullenweg (co-creator of a technology that helps keep the open Web a thriving space for everyone) and Kevin O'Keefe for the link.


Originally published at pauljacobson.me on December 31, 2015.