We need a light switch for static hosting

I’ve never been self-loathing enough to get a Twitter account, but I hear there’s a lot of riff-raff on the internet about people moving to different platforms. Most of that is just the media looking for reasons to post about whatever the current viral thing is, of course, I don’t think a large percentage of people are moving. Oh noes! Twitter changed ownership from people who are motivated by money, and now it’s owned by someone else who is motivated by money! Nothing big is going to happen, most people will stay on Twitter, and I hear the alternatives suck anyway.

BUT:

If everyone owned their own domain on the internet, Twitter would be obsolete. Whatever service you’re leaving Twitter for would be obsolete. People wouldn’t be able to get “cancelled”. Everyone could have a static website where they post things, and they could have an endpoint “/following.json”, containing an array of urls from people whose stuff they like to read.

Somehow the entire development community so far has pretended it’s hard to provide an all-in-one domain registry + static hosting solution. You get a domain, and you get an interface where you can read and post stuff like on a social media platform. But instead of on some megacorp server, it would just be hosted on your own website.

Imagine nobody ever came up with the concept of a light switch. You’d have to wire up the cables yourself when you wanted the light to go on, risking your life in the process. Most people (including myself) would’t consider getting electric light: it’s far too complicated and dangerous! That’s what’s going on on the internet. It’s hilarious and depressing at the same time.

Anyway, I hate articles like the one you’re reading right now. Another opinionated developer who has an idea of how an issue could be solved, who isn’t actually solving it. Sorry about that, I just don’t have the time. Got mouths to feed, yo!

Ciao for now,

harryvederci


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