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Rediscovering the Small Web

"Today's web is mostly commercial. The smaller web of individuals has neither the resources nor the will to compete for visibility and audience the way the commercial web does"

Another great post by @neustadt - welcome to Mastodon by the way, a part of the new small web!

neustadt.fr/essays/the-small-w

This seems to have been a great welcome (and intro) to Mastodon for @neustadt. Tons of great comments on top of likes and shares. Beautiful! Thanks all!

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@markosaric @neustadt "Don't make users think. Follow conventions." Yup, that does sound like the web we've come to know.

@yarmo
People should post their personal sites more often in order to level with the crawler-bot bubble
@markosaric @neustadt

@markosaric This is a beautiful long read. Thank you very much, @neustadt ! 😊

@thilosophus, @yarmo, @orbjet : Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks also for the welcome to Mastodon, @markosaric. It's one of many, many cool things I'm only just discovering (and there's a lot more in HN thread).

@neustadt @thilosophus @orbjet @markosaric we're all glad you're here :) and thanks for the inspiring read!

@markosaric @neustadt any ideas how we can discover this part of the web?

Are there any search engines that literally block large websites, and will only search this part?

@daniels @markosaric

For search engines, there's wiby.me for small webpages, and someone posted millionshort.com/ on HN (this one omits the top websites and returns smaller ones).

And there's also curlie.org/, an excellent human-crated directory.

@daniels @markosaric @neustadt

I tried wiby.me (as recommended on the text) and I think it's a really good starting point. Also, its "Surprise me" option is cool for just surfing the web, as it was said back in the day.

Oh damn this is a great essay... and quite inspiring as well. I get the desire to continue where I stopped 15 years ago now. Well, not resurrecting rotten websites, but finally creating a new one. :)
Thanks for sharing this @markosaric and thanks for sharing your thoughts @neustadt
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@markosaric @neustadt a very good read. I kinda miss the good old times browsing just for fun.

Just recently discovered a neat little game, that reminded me of the old times.

subserial.network

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