Welcome to OwnSocial®! We are an alternative social media platform where you own your data. Browse other people’s posts or make your own on the community page, where posts from individual OwnSocial® sites are aggregated. Or, you could ride the Elevator™—a directory of sites and links to explore. Enter any three digits to go to a random floor (try 555). If you’d like to have your own site, you can purchase a site here.
Customizing Ownsocial Sites
Having your own site means you can customize it to look however you want. You can subscribe to other sites (their posts will show up on your feed), and other sites can subscribe to you. You can also have your own elevator page and fill it with links you want to share with the world. Your site will be on our servers by default, but you have the option to take full ownership of your data by hosting the site yourself. You do all of the above by logging into your site through <>this link (if this is your site) or by going to yoursitename.ownsocial.io/wp-admin
Publishing and Privacy
You have full control of how much you want to share. You can publish your content to OwnSocial® Community page, or you can opt out and make your site available to a select few via forced login.
On anything you post, you have the option to open a connection. This creates the option for anyone reading the post to send you an email asking to exchange contact information.
When the connection is opened, both parties keep each other’s email, allowing you to accrue an email list of connections. This lets you “own” a permanent way of directly contacting your followers, unlike popular “friending” or “following” systems.
Editing and Unpublishing Posts
Some nuts and bolts about posting—if you ever make a post and wish you could change something about it later, you can edit or unpublish your post by clicking on the period icon at the very left of the menu with the heart button.
The Network Graph
The network graph shows which sites are subscribed to the site you are on and vice versa, which sites the site you are on is subscribed to. It’s a way of visualizing our community of OwnSocial® users.
You can also use the hashcode language built into OwnSocial® to do things like make elevator floors, or make media into NFTs by making posts. All you have to do is to type a # symbol followed by the keyword you want to use into the body of a post and press submit. For example, to make a new floor you would type #(floor number) (url) into the body of the post, and submit it. We’ve included a list of every hashcode we added so far. Check it below.
Customizing Player Page
To set the image used for the player start button upload an image in the post page and enter in the post content: ##player-startbutton
To set the page background color enter a named color or rgb value like this: ##player-pagebackground#black
To set the meta area border color enter a named color or rgb value like this: ##player-boxborder#yellow
To set the meta area background color enter a named color or rgb value like this: ##player-boxbackground#rgb(0,0,255)
Because we are using hashes the usual format of #FF0000 is disallowed.