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!
@zleap @daniels @neustadt i don't think there's anything that convenient right now. mastodon is a nice place to start, many users have their own sites in their profiles. start there and if you find something interesting, share it, link to it, submit it to niche communities and forums. this way we grow the individual sites and the awareness which leads to more discovery in search too. i wrote something along these lines couple of days ago. see https://markosaric.com/keep-blogging-alive/
@markosaric Good point.
I'm also trying to not consume content on big platforms anymore, if they are available by the "owner".
E.g. watch videos from Events on their sites, not on YouTube. That way I also share their websites instead of YouTube when sharing a Video on other platforms.
Indeed I found that Amazon and others are selling content (as eBooks), which is publicly freely available by owners on their website …
@daniels yeah i think doing things such as that can help make a difference
@zleap Sure, but it would be an "opt in".
You would be free to use other search engines, and it should claim that it does this specific kind of censorship on purpose.
Also not sure how it could work. It's more like old link lists on websites.
So yeah, maybe not the best idea ;)
But could imagine a filter option to remove "big sites" from current search result?
If you're not trying to monopolise I'd prefer you curated away the noise, so you can improve the metadata for the rest for a more powerful/useful search. If you are please don't, and I don't know how you can satisfy our mutually incompatible demands!
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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