Since November of 2023 I’ve attempted to use my WordPress based site as my window to the Fediverse. I’m using a combo of these plugins: Friends, Enable Mastodon Apps, and ActivityPub.  While this more or less works as it should there are still some rough spots to iron out and it’s far from ideal. Granted, most of my interaction is via Mastodon and that is but a portion of the Fediverse but there are various things I cannot do even if accessing my site via Mastodon apps. Sharing links externally is cumbersome, I would need to leave the app I was using and go to my Friends page on the web, find the link, click it, then share it. I cannot follow hashtags (yet). Following new accounts needs to be done via the web interface and doesn’t work within apps. I have no intention of decoupling my site from the Fediverse but I will return to my Mastodon instance (follow me! @vaughnhannon@m.socialyeti.club ) for regular posting and consuming of all the goodness.

Now that the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress is mature I’m going to attempt to use only my WordPress based site as my gateway to the Fediverse. The Friends plugin should make this feasible. I’m also hoping to eventually use the Indiepass app  for reading/writing. Don’t quite have the reading part sorted out yet tho. I may follow you again from my social.vaughnhannon.com domain. Don’t be alarmed.

Really great reminder from the EFF about protecting yourself in the Fediverse (and on the internet in general). Remember, Mastodon (and many other ActivityPub based services) are a public square and should be treated as such! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2023/07/fbi-seizure-mastodon-server-wakeup-call-fediverse-users-and-hosts-protect-their

Not that you asked…but I’m not leaving Twitter…yet. Just reducing my exposure. As usual I post to social.vaughnhannon.com first and I’ll be hanging on Mastodon as it is delightful over there. Either way you can follow me on any Fediverse platform either @vaughn@social.vaughnhannon.com or @vaughn@m.socialyeti.club  See ya there.