What is Webmention? What can I build on top of the Webmention protocol? How do I start sending and receiving Webmentions? These are three questions I'm going to answer in my upcoming talk on Codementor Events: Decentralized Website Communication with Webmention.
I have been musing on the potential for Webmentions, a W3C specification that enables social commenting and reactions on websites, for the last few months. With Webmention, you can post comments and reactions on your own site and they will show up on someone else's site. I use Webmention to post comments on friends' websites and to tell people I have bookmarked their content (which, for me, means I have read and enjoyed their work!).
In my talk description, I note:
Personal websites are a place to call home on the web. You control how your content is published and presented on your website. A common refrain is that personal websites aren't social: often, people will comment elsewhere (email, Twitter). With Webmention, this is no longer the case. You can like, bookmark, and comment on websites that support Webmention on your own site and your comments will show up on their sites.
Being able to post social interactions on your own site and have them show up on another website excites me. You can retain ownership over the interactions you post and curate them in a way that you would like. For instance, I have a separate website where I publicly show my comments. There's so much I can do with this information. I could start adding tags and curate by tag. I could use some natural language processing to understand what categories of content I consume and bookmark the most.
In the talk, I'll be explaining what Webmention is and what's possible, with a dose of fun and humour. Webmentions are only the plumbing: it's what you do with them and on top of the protocol that matters!
Join me on Sun, Jan 15, 2023 at 6pm UK time for the talk!
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