It used to be the case. There were yearly subscriptions until some time after Facebook bought the service.
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Even though I prefer accessing my mail and notes through IMAP, and my calendar, contacts and files through DAV using native apps on my computer and phone, I love using Fastmail's web user interface. It's fast, it's responsive (UI is simplified on mobile but it's still the same design; not an alternative layout) and it looks really good.
Site is down because of bandwidth limits. This is also a Fastmail feature: you can serve a directory uploaded to your file storage through HTTP. Even though there are bandwidth limits, it works as an alternative to GitHub Pages or to just make available some files you want to share with multiple people. However, it seems it doesn't survive a Hacker News hug of death.
The protocols that drive the Indie Web movement are actually open standards published by the W3C Social Web Working Group . This year, some of these standards became W3C Recommendations. Webmentions is the successor to pingbacks and it can also be used for comments and replies in blog posts. IndieAuth is an authentication system based on OAuth that can be used for publishing content into your site using applications via Micropub. Microformats adds metadata to web documents so that applications can also scrap information from blog posts (in a similar fashion to OpenGraph).
One of the most interesting concepts about the Indie Web movement that I like is POSSE : you should own your content, but it's OK to then syndicate your content into silos such as Twitter or Instagram as long as there are links that trace back to your site so that your site is always seen as the canonical place where your content lives.
Honestly, I'm all in for PWAs in favour of Chrome Apps. To the final user, a PWA will work the same: an icon and a chrome-less window. However, they are built on top of open standards, so any browser can support PWAs and provide the same experience to their users, unlike Chrome apps, which only were supposed to work in Chrome. I hope that in the transition, we see more and more progressive web applications.
PWAs have replaced a few native apps on my phone and I couldn't be happier about it. I can use Twitter, Telegram, YouTube and even read HN (via the Premii webapp ) through a fullscreen interface that behaves like a native application (no address bar, tinted notifications bar, push notifications for Twitter and Telegram), but that nonetheless is still a browser.
Support for PWAs on Firefox for Android is around the corner. I'm a Firefox Nightly user and the support is there: websites that have a webapp manifest display an icon on the address bar to let you quickly "install" the application as an icon to the homescreen. It is supposed to reach stable channel on Firefox 58 .