Independent web #

The independent web (small web, indie web) is what the internet could have been: people sharing ideas and content, unowned and unhindered by the grubby hands of corporations. It consists mostly of personal websites and niche communities, and provides the true experience of connection across distance through commonality.

Digital gardens are part of the independent web, as are some of my favourite personal websites. I see this as a valuable and interesting countermovement to the 2010s social media boom, which dramatically transformed the mainstream internet into a cesspool of clickbait and advertising.

  • Ben Hoyt on why the small web is beautiful.