Have you been surfing the internet lately and thought to yourself, ‘this is soooooo boring’? I have too, but I think I know why.
The internet is not really the internet anymore, it’s like 3 or 4 websites, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and maybe Instagram, or TikTok, if you’re spending more time on your phone than the computer. And then a few ….. (ahem)…. more mature themed sites.
All everyone does now is open up one of the sites listed above, and scroll. Gone is the variety of the early days of the internet, when surfing the net, really meant you didn’t know what kind of stuff you’d find. People made their own personal websites filled with personal stories, animated gifs, vacation pictures, low resolution videos, repeated tile backgrounds or whatever else they wanted to put up. Things were not dictated by giant evil corporations like Facebook.
Social media and tube sties have taken the soul of the internet, homogenized it, prefabricated it, removed all of it’s unique features, and turned it what at best could be described as a formulaic and stale predicable landscape of click-bait, filled with ads that track your behavior to sell you more crap. Then at worst it could be described as a cesspool of propaganda, outrage mobs, AI generated algorithm-based content that makes you feel lonely, angry then finally apathetic.
I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but search engines don’t even really work anymore. Google is the #1 search engine in the world, but it actually quite sucks at finding things online that don’t fit into any of the above descriptions. For example, I tried finding a website about low-res photography. I’m into these weird early digital cameras and toy cameras that take crappy photos, and I am more than 100% sure that websites exist specializing in this content. (I know because I run one myself). But if you search in google, site about low res photography, all of the results are….. well….. see below, it’s pretty sad.
This is the first page, but I went about 10 pages deep and still there was absolutely no result anything close to what I was looking for. There’s nothing but these “how to” results. Nearly all of the how-tos will also just link to a blog post with an embedded YouTube video, once again leading you back to the same place you’re trying to get away from.
There used to be a site called Stumbleupon, that actually was pretty neat and basically took you to random lesser-known sites on the internet. Sadly they now too has transformed into a crappy pinterest type site called Mix.
So how can you make the Internet interesting again?
For one, delete all of your social media accounts. Facebook especially. Delete it.. do it. It is horrible for all living things. Twitter too, delete it. I’m actually deleting mine this weekend. I deleted Facebook 2 years ago, Reddit a few months ago, still have YouTube (since I’m a YouTuber) but for each social media account I delete, the better I feel and the more time I have to explore things like 404pagefound.com which is an index of some of the oldest websites on the internet.
Then go to your email, look at your address book, and just start emailing people. Email them for fun. Say, hi. Ask how they are doing. Attach a few photos. Tell them what you’ve been up to.
Then go find some new websites, something you haven’t seen. Go to somebody’s personal blog and read a few stories. Build your own site and do it the way YOU want to do it. Make one for your pictures, one for your music, one for your writing, or combine them all to one. But don’t do it with a service like Facebook, Twitter, Or any of those, register your own domain name and create something unique.
Do you already have something like that? Send me a link in the comments. I’ll check it out. If it sounds like something you want to do, send me a link after you finish. Lets start making the internet fun again!
The internet in 2019 could be fun and exciting again if people want it to be.