Surf the Web
The internet is huge but the average person only sees a tiny fraction of it.
There is a huge problem with content discovery on the internet today. Between how backed up the search engines are with 'SEO Optimized Content' and social media platforms luring us into algorithmic echo-chambers, how are we supposed to actually stoke our digital wanderlust?
Make sure to also check out my links page for even more links!
Webrings are a collection of website all bound by one thing: the topic or the theme of that webring. These are much more popular before social media, but now people are returning to their webroots.
It might be worth your time to check out some member sites, or submit an application of your own.
- Yesterweb Ring
- OpenBooks' Webring
- XXIIVV Webring
- Geek Ring
- Hotline Webring
- Indieseek Webring
- IndieWeb Webring
- Low Tech Webring
- The Retronaut Webring
- Weird Wide Webring
- Netizen's Ring
- null webring
- Gossip's Web (costs $1 to join)
These are lists of links, usually curated by a single person or group. They can be a great place to stumble upon links to unique websites!
- Yesterweb Links
a searchable list of interesting links
- Kicks Condor
a site that highlights unique and original websites
a curated list of links in 75 categories
a list of independent websites, assisting in the navigation of the Independent Web
a web directory and search
- /g/'s Good Sites a link list with lots of tech resources, pirating info, etc.
- Peelopaalu's Directory
a directory with a focus on 90s web nostalgia
another custom link directory
- Marjin's Linkroll
a link list with interesting stuff
a curated list of sites with an extra bit of fun
a subreddit highlighting interesting and unique websites
- Virtual Vault
a collection of old and nostalgic-looking websites
- Gossip's Web
a directory of user-submitted websites - they are all really great
- Cybervenus' Directory
a directory of interesting links
- sadgrl's link directory this one's mine!
Random Site Generators
(for fans of StumbleUpon)
StumbleUpon was a website that let you select your interests, and based on those interests would show you random websites. I don't think any of these websites have the complete vibe of StumbleUpon nailed down, but the general sentiment is there.
Websurfer (this one's mine!)
- Gimme Serendipity
- The Useless Web
We begrudgingly use Google to get quick answers, but sometimes you grow tired of seeing the same 10 websites on the front page.
A search engine for exploring the web.
- Daniel's Network
a personal web search engine!
an experimental "people-powered" search engine. the index is not built by crawlers but by user submissions.
searches Angelfire, Tripod and some old Geocities sites. It's good for finding old graphics
a search engine for Geocities-era gifs
an open source search engine for personal and independent websites
A search engine for OLD websites hosted in services like Geocities, Angelfire, Xoom, AOL, Tripod and so on!
neocities search engine
a non-commercial web search engine
search engine for the classic web
search engine for message boards & forums
an alternative private search engine
the oldest surviving search engine online today (non-commercial)