The Other Web
The other web #
The recently accelerated enshitification of Twitter made me realise that too much of what I do and make is trapped in that platform. I feel this especially when I start trying to explain projects or experiments I've worked on to people by sharing tweets, why isn't it on my blog?
Its probably not an understatement to say that Twitter has changed the course of my career, it's how Toonify went viral and me getting jobs at Lambda and Midjourney both started with Twitter DMs.
But with recent changes to Twitter making me think a bit more about why and what I'm sharing on the web I increasingly realise the internet doesn't just have to be big platforms, social networks, and the first page of a Google search. There is another web out there.
The other web #
I don't know what the right term for it is, but I've heard various ones:
- the slow/personal/handmade/outer/small/indie web
- digital homesteading/gardening (well maybe "digital gardens" has been taken by the person productivity/tools for thought crowd)
There's a lot I like about the ethos of tending a little personal place on the web and filling it with things that interest you. Hopefully a few people stumble across it and have that same great feeling of discovery that I do when I come across a lovely home made website full of curiosities and personality.
So I'm trying to share more of what I do here rather than Twitter, and preserve things that were only throw away threads as blog posts (starting here), and make my website my home on the web.
We need links, more links, to good things not the usual garbage listicles, click bait and ad vehicles. The authentic, real, handmade web is hard to find unless we all link to it. So here's some of the interesting places/articles I found delving into and around this topic:
- mmm.page and Kinopio and the communities around them are two of the places that have a wonderful ethos around what web software (beyond pure webpages) can be and helped me find lots more interesting threads
- html.energy has a fantastic podcast with interviews with many interesting people
- My website is a shifting house next to a river of knowledge. What could yours be? Poses great questions about what an analogy for a website might be, "Website as a puddle" anyone? (from the great Creative Independant)
- Handmade Web reading list
- An essay on the Small web
- 32-bit cafe: "a community of like-minded website hobbyists and professionals helping to make the personal web fruitful and bountiful again, full of self-expression and removing the capitalistic drive out of it"
- Darius Kazemi's Twitter archive An example of, and tool for breaking your archive out of Twitter
- Rediscovering Discovery on the Web
- A well curated old fashioned blogroll
- Some great examples of public collated rss feeds from blog rolls:
- An article on the "small web"
- Pages with many great links: