Elliot Alker

The Small/Old/Indie Web

What is the small/open/indie web?

The small/open/indie web describes a section of the web that still values creativity, individuality and personalisation. It shuns tracking, advertising and other types of privacy violations. It is the web as it was 25 years ago. Increasingly, it’s also viewed as the web of tomorrow. The social web is dying, and the fediverse is taking its place.

Types of small/open/indie websites

Components of a small/open/indie website


A simple list of blogs.

Web Rings

The low tech webring and gossip web’s directory of handmade websites are two that come to mind.

How do you access it?

Google search is broken. A modern useful search query in 2021 looks something like:

mysearchterm -pinterest -facebook -reddit -twitter

Luckily, you can have a pretty distraction free (and useful) browsing experience by using the following tools:

Further Reading

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Smaller Websites

Website Obesity Crisis





https://sadgrl.online/cyberspace/webrings.html https://yesterweb.org/webring/ https://indieseek.xyz https://webring.xxiivv.com https://www.htmlhobbyist.com

Digital Gardens

http://www.eastgate.com/garden/Introduction.html https://njoqi.me https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/03/1007716/digital-gardens-let-you-cultivate-your-own-little-bit-of-the-internet/