The Need for a Solid Mobile IndieWeb Experience
A bit of a ramble about how mobile for the IndieWeb sucks and what I'd want it to look like.
As much as the Web community would love to tell us that the Web is completely ready for the mobile landscape, it doesn't come close to the speed of native code running on a consumer device. Not a vanilla emulator but a two-year (or older!) device with a bit of wear. I tried for a month to use applications on the Web solely through Chrome and Firefox on mobile and it didn't work out too well for me. I got too used to the snappy nature of these native applications and I wanted that in the Web browser on my phone. Even this site isn't fully optimized for mobile.
The Need to Opt for More
I decided to look at the client landscape for micro.blog, the most mature social platform that's built around IndieWeb principles. I defined maturity as a platform that allowed immediate on-boarding into the community, provided a very simple (no-explainer) interface on how to get started and made it easy to go beyond it. That level of support is something I want my suite of tools to have - and I'm still working on it.
The client application in question that caught my attention was Dialog for Android. I didn't bother look into the iOS landscape since the founder is an Apple developer - there's insured support for that platform. It has probably the best interface for a social tool outside of Tusky for Android. If I had the money and time, I'd hire this person to build a open version of this application that provided first class support for Koype (via Micropub and Microsub). Something like this combined with the ability to just 'make' a IndieWeb site on the fly - registering a domain, getting a sample site going - can help adoption a lot too since more people are online. I can see a platform like Glitch with the ability to remix a site being a driver for this. A lot of the pieces are there.
I mentioned in my keynote at IndieWeb Summit 2019 how things won't get better until we attempt to reach out and pull people in. Soft advocacy only works for so long.
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