Okay, so one of the reasons that I love working across domains and with a variety of different kinds of organisations is that I get this glorious firehose of different ideas and information which, more often than not, bleed into each other in the best possible ways.
This morning, whilst engaged in some elegant repose avec cafe and les chats, I came across a post from my OSI colleague Simon Phipps, boosting a report about updates to the new v2.0 ActivityPub plugin for WordPress. I’ve had the version 1.<something> of the plugin installed for a while, meaning to poke it and give it a good look. Best laid plans and all that…
What jumped right out at me was:
“When you respond to comments from the fediverse on your blog, they will now be federated. This allows you to finally engage in (threaded) communication back and forth directly from the comment section of your blog!”
Now, reading through the Mastodon thread that goes into more detail there are limitations, related to user accounts and GDPR. And I’m not sure I understand it all fully (my brain has clearly been addled by too much elegant reposing of late).
(As an aside, I also went down the rabbit hole of Simon’s blog and found this excellent post on the really exciting potential of the Fediverse, though I remain unclear about just exactly what this all means for the animals in the zoo).
So this post is an attempt to try work it out in the ol’ classic learning-by-doing fashion.
I’ve installed the plugin, activated it, and you can now follow me on your Fediverse client of choice at: email@example.com
After that, who knows?