Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet

Comments are one of the most terrible and hateful places in all of the internet. Yet, they are key to providing feedback and to bring a collective community together. The problem with comments are often they are castaway mentions with no ownership, web mentions helps change that.

If you’re looking to implement it onto your site and you’re running WordPress you can do so using Webmentions. I’ve just included the plugin on this site so feel free to mention away.

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If you use Twitter, your friend Alice only uses Facebook, your friend Bob only uses his blog on WordPress, and your pal Chuck is over on Medium, it’s impossible for any one of you to @mention another. You’re all on different and competing platforms, none of which interoperate to send these mentions or notifications of them. The only way to communicate in this way is if you all join the same social media platforms, resulting in the average person being signed up to multiple services just to stay in touch with all their friends and acquaintances.

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