Do you long for a simpler time, when America was Online and the only person you
could Ask was Jeeves? Hotline Webring is bringing that time back, with
In the 90s, search engines were of generally low quality, and people wanted
a way to discover related sites. “I wish I could see more sites about
puppies,” you might say to yourself over the sonorous clang of your
modem, while waiting for
a bitmap of a Clumber Spaniel
So people with websites joined webrings, which were collections of sites
where each site linked to their neighbors to form a ring. Sometimes there
was one button on each site that'd take you to a random site in the webring.
People got more traffic and less-popular sites benefited from being linked
to more-popular ones.
Now, in 2024 C.E., there are search engines and
aggregators so finding related sites isn't that hard, and webrings have
fallen by the wayside.
We here at Hotline Webring traveled to the wayside, picked up The Concept of
a Webring, dusted it off, and launched it to frankly astonishing acclaim.
Q: Can I control who I link to?
A: No, sorry, it's all automatic. But on the bright side it's easy to sign up!
Q: How can I reach the people who run this thing?
A: Email us! We're always delighted to receive email: firstname.lastname@example.org.