Discovering the Small Web May 29, 2020, 05:27:38 PM HN is experiencing an influx of articles about the state of the Web - with 'Gardens and Streams' getting reposted and a string of articles from neustadt.fr.Here's a comment from one of those threads:QuoteI've been thinking about this for ages, and I want my own contribution to this to be a simple webring service.If you're unfamiliar with the concept, a webring was a simple circular linked list. You had a link on your knitting-themed site to the "next knitting-themed site", that site had a link to the next one, etc.To join the ring, you just emailed someone and said "hey, I, too, have a knitting-themed site, can you add me to your webring?", they looked at your site, and changed their link to your site, you added the link they previously had, and the ring continued.I want to build something simple that'll serve a small widget with previous/next/random site buttons, it'll work like the webrings of old regarding the curation aspect, so to get added you'll need to be referred to by someone.Would you use something like that? You'd basically just drop a bit of HTML on your page and it wouldn't load heavy JS/analytics/crap, just whatever was necessary to paint a few links.People know that gaming the algorithm and SEO has become insanely obfuscated - time to get back to simple "linking to each other".Same thread has an interesting comment about webrings vs directories:QuotePersonally I also started longing for webrings recently; they seem more personal to me than directories, and there's more excitement of surprise and discovery. Also I think they're more "slow paced" and involved: you have to go through them one by one, whereas with directories you may look at the titles and already start making judgements based on the titles alone.I think I'd say there's space for directories (again???) and there's space for webrings (again!). Though it kinda feels weird to me how Google removed the need for directories and webrings at a time (and I distinctly remember the relief), and now Google results got so crappy (destroyed by SEO?) that the need starts to come back :/ such that even I myself feel it.I still prefer directories because webrings are just too constrained - but it's good to hear this perspective.