Core capabilities in the early era of blogging acted as open features for any site, and helped popularize social media itself, regardless of where the content appeared. Many have either disappeared or exist only in proprietary versions on closed platforms, so they only work between sites that use the same tools to publish.
As social networks grew in popularity and influence, the old decentralized blogosphere fell and those early services consolidated, leaving all the power in the hands of a few private companies. That’s left publishers and independent voices even more vulnerable to the control points of a few social networks and search engines.
My hope is that those who are building tools today will see what’s come before and use it as inspiration to help give voice to people on the web in ways that are a bit more open-ended and a little less corporate-controlled than the platforms we have today.