Where have all the websites gone?

Jason, from FromJason, on his post Where have all the websites gone?:

So when we wonder where all the websites have gone, know it’s the curators we’re nostalgic for because the curators showed us the best the web had to offer once upon a time. And the curators— the tenders, aggregators, collectors, and connectors— can bring us back to something better. Because it’s still out there, we just have to find it.

Here’s the best part. You can be that curator right now, at this very moment. You can start to rebuild the interconnectivity that made the web fun to explore. And you don’t need to be a computer scientist to do it.

I've been thinking lately about building outside of social media, on the open web.

I have always been a lover of self-publishing, especially the written medium, which is the one that requires the least intermediaries on the web.

This idea died with the emergence of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and was alive the most with Tumblr and classic blogs. WordPress made its part in favor of it too.

Syndication has always been the problem for mass adoption since it required the use of third-party apps. With elections comes the fall of the adoption, I think.

But still, in a time where more than ever people are sick of impossible goals because of what they see in their feed, and also the constant flow of the kind of content which maximizes retention but consumes our time and energy, I think it's worth a shot to go back to the calmer, under our control, open web.

The goal, in the end, is to escape the algorithms.