I am making a note here, so when we take for granted how awesome our information streams are, we can look back at this snapshot and see how we did it in the ol’ days. Bonus humor, if you catch how meta the topic is.
- Mike makes a post about, among other things, blogging and the IndieWeb.
- Matthew leaves a considerate and detailed comment on Mike’s post.
- Matthew decides to document the sentiment on eir own site (correctly, I think).
- Mike employs a snarky editorial method and posts an excerpt on identi.ca.
- That gets me thinking, and I reply, both to that particular line and the observation of how RSS is used on the web.
- To ensure that my reply is part of a conversation, I post a link in reply to Mike’s identi.ca post.
- Mike points out my reply in further commentary, on the original blog post.
- Since I am not participating in the conversation on the original post, and other reasons, Mike then replies with the link to this new comment in the identi.ca thread.
The hosted software involved in this conversation includes one or more email stacks, WordPress, Drupal and pump.io, and content was published on no less than five websites (not including the federation in pump.io for non-participants).
Not our DRYest moment. ^_^
The important lesson here is that Mike, Matthew and I are obviously comfortable with all the software involved, and the additional cognitive expense in posting in multiple places is mitigated by other factors that include dopamine and connectedness. The same things that bring people back to Facebook and Twitter. It isn’t fair, but fighting to stop the exploitation of human nature was never going to be a fair fight.