corenominal

Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

Tagged: indieweb

3 open source link shorteners image/svg+xml

Want to build your own URL shortener? These open source projects make it easy.

I quite fancy having my own URL shortener — it’s mentioned on the IndieWeb ‘Getting Started’ page, which is something I’ve been looking at getting involved in. The thing is, I’d need to register a new short domain and I’m not sure I want to do that. Anyhow, if I were to go down this route, the 3 URL shorteners in this article are all written in PHP and are worth investigating further.

Why social media is like the railways – and must be saved image/svg+xml

Medium, Soundcloud and ultimately Twitter are – like the railways – worth saving even if they cannot be run at a profit.

I’m not sure about Medium and SoundCloud, but I often wonder what would happen if Twitter was to threaten that it was closing down. Ideally, a non-profit would step-in and run it as a public service. There’s no doubt that it would be expensive to run, but governments have been known to waste money on more frivolous projects.

Anyhow, it’s an enjoyable read, if only for this accurate remark of the big social media sites:

The sharing capacities of the internet are being overwhelmed by the profit models of large corporations. The tsunami of crap, fake news, celebrity gossip and plastic music that has taken over social media is killing it – or rather killing the spirit in which it flowered six or seven years ago.

Sad, but true.