Defending The Small Web

It's unfortunate that an oligopoly of large social media corporations have come to dominate the web. Why? Those big guys don't have your best interests at heart.

It is common to refer to universally popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest as "walled gardens." But they are not gardens; they are walled industrial sites, within which users, for no financial compensation, produce data which the owners of the factories sift and then sell.

- Alan Jacobs, Tending the Digital Commons (pdf link)

I'm staking out a little turf away from the industrial wasteland.