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Finding information

With artificial intelligence getting better and better at mimicking humans (e.g. ChatGPT, made available for free by OpenAI near the end of 2022), it is expected that the web would become even harder to navigate.

Finding information on the web is already extremely hard, unless one is searching for ads and not reliable information. This is caused by so-called SEO – practice of populating the web with text full of keywords, but rarely containing useful, reliable information. Companies want their products to be found, so they fight for the search results.

As a consequence, experienced internet users started bringing back things that used to be used before the “dot com” era: webrings, web catalogs and small search engines that don’t intend to rule the world of search. (And an alternative web space using a minimalistic protocol called Gemini, but that’s a different story.)

In my opinion, all three are important in making the web useful and reliable again:

All three retro-web tools mentioned above have one thing in common: they rely on relevance and actual human knowledge. They help find information, as opposed to just searching.

This work by Piotr Mieszkowski is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0