BBC – Future – Why there’s so little left of the early internet

It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.

via BBC – Future – Why there’s so little left of the early internet

I would bet not many people know The British Library does an annual crawl and archive of UK based sites too.


30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb? – World Wide Web Foundation

Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it’s understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. But given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.

via 30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb? – World Wide Web Foundation

This is the important part to me. The web is always evolving, its never finished. We can shape it how we choose.

You Need Feeds

Do you want to get informed of the latest updates on your favourite site, but don’t want to clog your inbox with newsletter after newsletter?

Ever had a website that you loved, but it didn’t update on any regular schedule? One that you eventually stopped checking, just because you forgot about it?

Are you sick of big websites trying to decide what you should see, despite what you’ve subscribed to? Sick of “the algorithm” shuffling what order you get told of things, if at all?


via You Need Feeds

Glad somebody has created this site and probably at just the right time – people seem tired of the unpredictable algorithmic social media feed to provide them with fresh content. You need feeds!

The internet’s problems haven’t changed in 22 years

A 1996 Wall Street Journal article that’s been quietly sitting on the web, waiting for its rediscovery and renewed relevance, has found its moment on Twitter this week. Though it discusses the contemporaneous issues and concerns of its time, if you extract the particular problems it identifies with the internet and apply them to our present day, you’ll find something disturbing: nothing’s changed. The core concerns that troubled us about our participation in online communities and services in 1996 are basically identical in 2018.

via The internet’s problems haven’t changed in 22 years – The Verge

RSS is undead | TechCrunch

I think the solution is a set of improvements. RSS as a protocol needs to be expanded so that it can offer more data around prioritization as well as other signals critical to making the technology more effective at the reader layer. This isn’t just about updating the protocol, but also about updating all of the content management systems that publish an RSS feed to take advantage of those features.

via RSS is undead | TechCrunch

I love and still use RSS. Many people are already using an RSS-like experiences and not even aware of it. People (myself included) use Twitter like an RSS substitute. Apple News – and its inspiration, Flipboard – is effectively RSS at heart. I have a feeling AMP could probably leveraged to function in this way too.

Apple News is probably closest right now in terms of balance of top publishers, the ability to follow #topics, and add web feeds ad-hoc from websites too.

I think whatever new future approach, it will face the same issues of  balancing over whelming people with the feed, filtering that feed, and the need to monetise.

It’s Time for an RSS Revival

No matter what your current disposition, though, in this age of algorithmic overreach there’s something deeply satisfying about finding stories beyond what your loudest Twitter follows shared, or that Facebook’s News Feed optimized into your life. And lots of tools that can get you there.

via RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED

I get a sense that people are tired of having an algorithm dictate what you see. RSS is a good way to see everything. It comes at the price of managing your own curation and consumption.

AMP letter

We are a community of individuals who have a significant interest in the development and health of the World Wide Web (“the Web”), and we are deeply concerned about Accelerated Mobile Pages (“AMP”), a Google project that purportedly seeks to improve the user experience of the Web.

In fact, AMP keeps users within Google’s domain and diverts traffic away from other websites for the benefit of Google. At a scale of billions of users, this has the effect of further reinforcing Google’s dominance of the Web.

Read the full letter at (via Hacker News)

Net neutrality is dead. It’s time to fear Mickey Mouse – The Verge

It’s a red letter day for the media industry. Disney just took control of 21st Century Fox’s media empire, and the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulations that prevent internet providers from discriminatory behavior. These two industry-shaking events will set media companies on a dramatic collision course with ISPs. It is the conflict that threatens the internet.

This week you might have seen lots of talk about fast and slow lanes, blocked websites, and the end of the internet. But the death of net neutrality is not going to look like a sudden apocalypse. It’s going to look more like things we’ve already seen: data caps, “free” data for apps, and service bundling…

via Net neutrality is dead. It’s time to fear Mickey Mouse – The Verge