Returning to the “slow web” for 2017

For 2017 I’m planning on returning to the “slow web”. A web of a few years ago. The web of choosing what, and when, I respond.

The Slow Web Movement has been around for some time now. Jack Cheng and Rebecca Blood wrote about this about 6 years ago. I’ve been mulling it around for some time and the more I put into practice IndieWeb methods, the more appealing it becomes.

Value, not addiction or lock-in. We’re not trying to make people hate themselves. We also can’t assume actual value creation based on engagement with the product. We have to connect the engagement to actual impact.
Walter Chen

If you search for ‘slow web movement’ there really isn’t much written after 2014. But I think that a lot of the products and methods we’re seeing today; turning off notifications, blue-light filters, snoozing emails, sleep apps, are a indirect manifestation of that slow web thinking.

I’ve had virtually all notifications off for years now, apart from Twitter DM‘s. I treat those with the same import as a text message.

This year all of my posts, replies, and retweets on Twitter will be coming from this blog and not using the Twitter app (#OwnYourData). That probably means doing it at the end of the day. I’m hoping that will make them more considered (something we may all want to be in the coming years).

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