I started using a computer right around the time that search engines caught on; in elementary school we were introduced to research using Alta Vista and the original Google. We've come a long way since then and now that it is easy to find information using one of these hulking behemoths, we've lost a cool thing of the past. Webrings
No, actually I'm not. Webrings are cool -- a simple registry to find sites written by people who are of the same tribe as the site you're on. It's a nice idea and leads you down some nice rabbit holes when they actually exist. I don't expect anyone to actually care or use them, but there's no reason they can't continue to exist.
Last year, tilde club and its ilk took off for much the same sort of tribal community building that webrings could and should solve for. It's interesting that giving a bunch of like minded people a space to collaborate together like that can evolve in to a real community with its own lore.
So I made a piece of webring software. Actually, I built one on top of Matrix.org (surprise!) that
doesn't have a central point of failure. A set of immortal webrings, if you will, that will persist
as long as there is a Matrix.org homeserver willing to host a
supernode for them. And I'm hosting
at least one, on ring.whatthefuck.computer. It's easy to add to your site, a simple
The textual web is important, and web sites should not be locked behind walls like Medium and Facebook. Build a site, host plain fucking HTML and let others discover it.