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I made a Web Ring 5 Days Ago. I'll see myself out.
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:28:10 PM »
Hi, my name is Brad, 5 days ago I made a webring for the first time in over 15 years.

See, the folks on the Indieweb have rediscovered webrings, only being developers they do their ring real high tech. They are talking about a "webring revival."  So I besides Webring I found Webringo.com one of the last old school web ring hosts left standing.  Once you kick the tumbleweeds away from the door it still actually works, straight out of 1998. 

Took me back to Virtual Promote/JimWorld days when there was a whole separate category of subforums devoted to non-search engine traffic including web rings.

So, in a burst of nostalgia, I made a ring.  It was kinda fun.  At one time I ran a lot of webrings in the science fiction, fantasy and horror field, most started when the search engines still sucked.

I will say one thing about the Indieweb.org folks, they are not at all intimidated by Google.  They mostly ignore Google and don't care if they get any traffic from it.  They are talented and create their own ways of communicating with at and around the social network silos.  Mainly they are talking to each other.  Anyway they are unafraid to try new takes on old ideas that we have long abandoned.  I wonder if I can sell them on Top Sites?

See one of the problems amongst blogs, especially new blogs, is discovery - getting found.  Same old story, Google indexes pretty quick but it takes awhile to start having articles rank if you are doing natural link building.  I can see were an old fashioned webring for blogs might help.  (We're not talking commercial SEO here or those levels of traffic.)

Hhh, I might make another ring.  Just one more...

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 12:25:02 AM »
>Anyway they are unafraid to try new takes on old ideas that we have long abandoned.

New-old tech!  I really like the idea in principle.   

Just today I was thinking about all the content being created and categorized on places like Reddit & Quora, a lot of the content is sh##, but some of it is also very good quality -- yet, that content is not owned or controlled by the authors and they hardly benefit from its creation.  I was thinking that something similar to a webring but curated by an engagement algorithm would really serve the public, not just the reader, but the publisher who retains ownership.

I didn't know about Indieweb.org, thanks.

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Re: I made a Web Ring 5 Days Ago. I'll see myself out.
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 12:31:34 AM »
Next thing you know, we'll be putting "Pages I Like" link pages at the back of our websites.

I used to spend hours every night digging through those.

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 12:44:04 AM »
>Next thing

Blogrolls are back.  Some of them hi tech most Web 1.0.  There is some sort of OPML file thing some are swapping back and forth.

RSS and RSS Readers are big in the Indieweb.  Of course, many are rolling their own and will make them available when they are done.  With some of these readers combined with Indieweb markup, you will be able to Like, Repost, Comment, Favorite, Mention a post or article right from your Feed Reader and that will work it's way around the Indieweb to original posters blog all without the corporate silos of Twitter and FB.

>Indieweb.org - littleman  you have a much better chance of understanding this stuff than I do.  There is some really neat stuff there, ideas, projects, guidelines.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 11:10:20 AM »
>new old tech

So here is the newfangled ring (not mine) https://xn--sr8hvo.  ws/  (made purposely unclickable)

Made with Glitch https://glitch.com/

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 11:18:18 AM »
Pretty cool. G and paranoia has really hindered people linking out liberally to stuff of interest.


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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2018, 03:44:34 AM »
Webrings wow, truly sentimental :) When it was just transitioning from BBS to Web :)
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2018, 10:26:07 AM »
I'm kinda thinking that the vast majority of young people have no idea what a webring is.  Only some of the young geeks know and of course old fossils like me.   ;D

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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2018, 12:07:00 AM »
I'm kinda thinking that the vast majority of young people have no idea what a webring is.  Only some of the young geeks know and of course old fossils like me.   ;D

Old fossils are never alone :)
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2018, 11:48:29 PM »
Its funny some the latest and "Greatest" seo shiz is very similar to old webrings, just using auth from parasites.

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 11:26:44 AM »
I'm seeing zero uptake of my 90's style webrings.

The new style rings made on Glitch, are more like a club.  people join to show they have the qualifications.  Traffic small, but again nobody really knows what a webring is anymore.

It's too bad there are no scripts for Bomis style rings left out there.  The Bomis rings were different in operation.