The Simple Web
I remember those early days. When a lot of sites existed to teach, entertain and encourage debate. Small communities formed around interests. Exploration was fun, not addiction.
What I mean by the small, simple web is hard to define. Essentially, I mean things that are:
- Not designed for commercial purposes
- Not designed to track users
- Based on honest, genuine interest and purpose
- With what we'd now call UI/UX, functional and minimal
- Freely open and available for anyone to access
I'll continue to expand this page with resources to soothe the digital soul as I can, and I hope you find it useful (and fun!).
- wiby.me - search old-style, individual websites. I particularly love the random page feature.
- million short - a search engine letting you exclude the top X number of websites, more-than-likely giving you a site not fully of clickbait.
- gopher - still around, the plain-text protocol that allows easy reading (and writing) to share whatever you like. Phlogs are gaining in popularity (the gopher equivalent of a blog).
- gemini - an early-stage protocol similar to gopher, but with some interesting thoughts around using TLS. Thriving community!
- indieseek - a human edited, Indieweb directory
- subreply - a sort of text-only Twitter with gorgeous, minimal interface
- tildes - a ... classier type of Reddit?
- List of Lists - a directory of software (mostly Windows)
- acme.com - one of the oldest websites on the net. "Purveyors of fine freeware since 1972. On the net since 1991."
- fraidycat - a fun, simple RSS reader that emphasises following friends and indepedent blogs
- textfiles.com - a huge collection of text files posted on the web (and pre-web) covering so many subjects.