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From: howe
on July 06, 2022

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blessyou

How did you find the small web?
thedarkweb

Favorite thing about the small web?
thedeepwavesofnostalgiathefeelingofcommunitythepotentialforconnection

Least favorite thing about the current web?
imtooenchantedtothinkofanything
From: olav
on July 05, 2022

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HitheregreetingsfromBonnGermanyWeareasmallcodingclubandhavestartedtosetupapubnixtildeonaRaspberryPi

How did you find the small web?
Linkfromichicity

Favorite website: https://100r.co

Favorite thing about the small web?
handcraftedwebsitesarefun

Least favorite thing about the current web?
corporatebullshitandSPAbloat
From: triptych
on July 02, 2022

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Iloveeverythingaboutthissite

How did you find the small web?
frombrowsingneocitiesorg

Favorite website: https://sadgrl.online/

Favorite thing about the small web?
gettingbacktothebasicsusingthebrowserasitwasintendeddecentralization

Least favorite thing about the current web?
fuckingNFTs
on July 02, 2022

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Thanksforthisgem

How did you find the small web?
Iwasboredonedaystartedtolookintoolderwebsitesandeventuallylandedonhere

Favorite thing about the small web?
Ilovehoweverywebsiteisunique

From: BECC
on June 29, 2022

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thegrembly

on June 28, 2022

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IlovethiswholeresourceThiswholethingleadmeintomyfirststeptakingalookattheGeminispaceNowImmatakeacrackandhostinmyownthingonthereIcantwaittoseemorefromhere

How did you find the small web?
ImamusicianandIwantedalternateavenuestofindwaystoputmycreativeoutputoutthereplusImlookingforanescapefrommainstreamweb

Favorite website: https://spacehey.com/

Favorite thing about the small web?
MyfavoritepartaboutthesmallwebishowmuchcreativitythereisItmakesmefeelathome

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Trackingadsdataminingexcessiveappspluscopyrightfair-usemurkiness
on June 24, 2022

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mmmirembeberthesetypesoftheweb

How did you find the small web?
thatseasyifounditwhenwatchingneocitiesmostfollowed

Favorite website: https://www.vidlii.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
retrofeeling

Least favorite thing about the current web?
advertisments
From: oasis
on June 23, 2022

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hijustlearnedaboutthisrecentlyandthiswebsitehasbeenagreatresource

How did you find the small web?
throughthegroupre-claimingtheinternetonspacehey

Favorite thing about the small web?
itsniceseeingpeoplebeabletoexpressthemselvesinamilliondifferentwaysusingtheirownwebsites

Least favorite thing about the current web?
italllooksthesamerampantadvertising
on June 23, 2022

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EyyoFIN

How did you find the small web?
Idkmayun

Favorite thing about the small web?
Theauthenticitythepunkvibe

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Socialmedia
From: RetroPunk
on June 22, 2022

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GladtoseesomeoneelsetryingtokeepthelegacyofthetruewebaliveKeepupthegoodwork

How did you find the small web?
FriendsharedthroughLocalsgroup

Favorite website: https://based.cooking

Favorite thing about the small web?
ItsacallbacktoamorecivilizedtimewhentheInternetmadesense

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Dynamicpagesandtrackingfingerprinting
From: mysite
on June 20, 2022

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forgottopostthisIamtheyguythatpostedthelastmessagethiaismysite

Favorite website: https://impressence.rs/

From: heyhellothere
on June 20, 2022

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IlovethisplaceitssoniceitslikeIwentbackintimetotheyear19992000

How did you find the small web?
agoraroadthansadgirlonline


Favorite thing about the small web?
timetrael

Least favorite thing about the current web?
almosteverythingfakeness
From: arggg
on June 20, 2022

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iluvithereandneverwannaleave

How did you find the small web?
myfraaandmadeaprojectcalledhomedomainaboutthesmallwebitsathttpshomedomaincargositehomepage

Favorite website: https://bus-stop.net/

Favorite thing about the small web?
thegentlefriendlynostalgiafeelslikeadream

Least favorite thing about the current web?
knowingthatitprobablyknowswhereigodowntotheminuteaaandwhycantichangethecolourofmostsocials
From: Josh
on June 19, 2022

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hello

How did you find the small web?
wiby

Favorite website: https://zoraster.org/

Favorite thing about the small web?
Hardertogamify

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Gamification
From: Pale
on June 16, 2022

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ilovesmallonlinecommunitiesandthecreativityitcontainsimetmylongtermboyfriendbecauseofitandbestfriends

How did you find the small web?
atweet

Favorite website: http://posting.cool

Favorite thing about the small web?
theamazingpeopleandcreativity

Least favorite thing about the current web?
seaofnothingness
From: Robijntje
on June 15, 2022

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WowsocooltoseecommunitieslikethisstillexistDImstrangelynostalgicforearlywebsiteseventoughIwasntevenbornyetbackthen

How did you find the small web?
Surfing

Favorite website: https://satyrs.eu/

Favorite thing about the small web?
Thedesignsandlinkpages

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Popupsadsandautoplayingvideos
From: GhostxOnline
on June 15, 2022

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Itsbeenapleasuretobeapartofthisweirdwackycommunitycalledtheinternetilyguys3

How did you find the small web?
beenheresinceIwaslike3


Favorite thing about the small web?
thenostalgiaittrulyfeelsliketheinternet

Least favorite thing about the current web?
itsnotthewayitusedtobedoesntquitehavethesamecharm
on June 15, 2022

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ThanksforgettingmefurtherintothisIamnotwellversedintheindiewebstuffoftentuningintofindinspirationrelaxAndeverytimeitislikestumblingintoaWinAmpskinmuseum

How did you find the small web?
Probablythroughthelhohqdashboardthroughthelinksonpeoplesnicknames


Favorite thing about the small web?
IfeellikemanysmallsitesexistregardlessifanybodyseesthemLikecarvingstuffontoatreeinthemiddleofthewoods

Least favorite thing about the current web?
ImUkrainiananditis2022WhenthewarbeganmanyUkrainianTelegramnewschannelsmadeclickbaitypostswheretheywouldfalselyclaimthatacitygotshelledprovidingalinktoseeminglyanewsarticleOnlytherewasnoarticlebutjustanotherTelegramchannelItwasanadvertisementLikeheywannaknowifyourbrotherisdeadornotBettertuneintoourchannelwemighthaveaclueIfeellikealotofbigcompaniesontodayswebhaveevenlessmoralprinciples
on June 14, 2022

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GreattofindthissiteImintheprocessoffixingmysitewithallofmyoldpostsWouldbegreattoconnectwithlikemindedpeopleImawebdeveloperbytradeandabsolutelylovevirtualgamingphotography

How did you find the small web?
IvebeenafanoftheIndiewebforafewyearsIvealsoselfhostedmastodonforawhilebutmovedtoyourinstanceduetocostsandmaintenance

Favorite website: https://adactio.com/

Favorite thing about the small web?
Individualsowningandcontrollingtheirownhomeontheworldwideweb

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Cryptoweb3bullSurveillanceLackofcontroloverdigitalshardsofmyself
on June 13, 2022

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hisystemlogicsoftwaresolutionissoftwaredevelopmentcompany

How did you find the small web?
googlesearch


Favorite thing about the small web?
webappandsoftwaredevelopmentcompany

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Itsjustsoboooooring-----ZZZontopofthatyoualsohaveallthetrackingpolarizationfilterbubblessocialmediaaddictionandthelistgoe
From: yot
on June 12, 2022

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MyopiniondidntchangesincethelasttimeIsignedherethissiteandthecommunityarestillawesome

How did you find the small web?
Acombinationofboredomsearchingskillsandluck

Favorite website: https://dimden.dev

Favorite thing about the small web?
JusthowdifferentallthesitesarethatsforsureYouhavesomanydifferentstylesfromcyberpunktocutepixelartandeverythinginbetweenD

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Itsjustsoboooooring-----ZZZontopofthatyoualsohaveallthetrackingpolarizationfilterbubblessocialmediaaddictionandthelistgoeson
From: GwarGuro
on June 12, 2022

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lmaowhyarethespacesbroken

How did you find the small web?
friend

Favorite thing about the small web?
onlyvisitingbuttheradioseemscool

Least favorite thing about the current web?
cookiesettingsmessagesoneverywebsite
From: thou
on June 12, 2022

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ThoucallinginIthinkitsinterestinghowthisisstillhereThisisHisplanHisdesignThefutureforthemodernhomogenizedwebisnottheplanWeb20Welcome

How did you find the small web?
IfoundthisonlainchanNormanIknow

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Alltheannoyingpeople
From: Audi
on June 11, 2022

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Idontknow

Least favorite thing about the current web?
nothing
From: anonymous
on June 10, 2022

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CouldntfigureouthowtoreachyououtsideofDiscordsorry-justwantedtosaythatasanIRCuserIwasprettybaffledbyyourWhyDiscordpageTheonlyhatespeechIveseenontheIRCnetworksIvebeenonweretrollswhowererapidlybannedObviouslythatultimatelydependsbothonthenetworkandthechannelsyoufrequentbutthatsthenatureofdecentralisationThebiggestIRCnetworkthispastdecadewasFreenodewhichwasfulltothebrimwiththeopensourcecommunityFreenodeslightlyimplodedbutthatsadifferenttangentByclaimingIRChasabadrepyourekindgivingitonePleasedontdothatIthinkitviolatesyourownEtiquetteapproachthingswithgoodfaithAndIforonehonestlyneedIRCtostaysaneintodaysworldthatsmysafespacePleasereconsiderhowyoupaintIRCinyourDiscordessayImconcernedpeoplewhodontknowIRCmaytakeyouonyourwordandnevergiveitatrytojudgeforthemselvesItsalreadydeadenoughasitissinceDiscordgotpopularSorryandthankyou

How did you find the small web?
Throughthering

Favorite website: https://www.schlaugh.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
Theunderlyingphilosophy

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Twitter
on June 09, 2022

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thankyouforthissiteyouveinspiredmetojointhecommunityandmakemyownthisisthemostfunivehadonlineinyearstyxoxo

How did you find the small web?
abreakcoremusicianthatilikepostedtheirownneocitiesandiimmediatelyrecognizedthenamereference

Favorite website: http://cinni.net

Favorite thing about the small web?
discoveryopensourceplayhyperlinkingtextnopaywallsrealusersactiveforumsavatarspixeldollsbadgescustomizationofeverything

Least favorite thing about the current web?
thealgorthimice-commercedrivenad-heavyappificationofthedigitalworldhasgottobetheworstwaytousethefreedomwehave
From: Nonnie
on June 06, 2022

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LovetheworkyouguysdoAheadsuptheOldWebissueofthezinespagesstylingisbrokenforallthepagesJustwantedtoletyouknowHaveanawesomeday

on June 03, 2022

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KeepitrunningNeverstop

From: axl
on June 02, 2022

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justafanofthesitekeeptheinternetsindividualityncreativityalive

How did you find the small web?
throughneocities

Favorite thing about the small web?
theabilitytodowhateverIlike

Least favorite thing about the current web?
theamountofadsandtracking
From: Yompurdingle
on June 01, 2022

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ReadTheBookofRokgreatread

How did you find the small web?
Friendsrecommendation

From: Seirdy
on June 01, 2022

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I love this community and hope to give back in the form of some useful ontologies (webrings, shrines, fanlistings, etc. could use some semantics) and guides for making simple sites accessible.

How did you find the small web?
I don't think I ever "found" it. It has always been a part of my web diet, but it just grew.

Favorite website: https://csarven.ca/

Favorite thing about the small web?
The original motto of the Web was "share what you know". Personal sites feel like a form of self expression, through content, presentation, or both. They're a mix of technical, aesthetic, and literary uniqueness. And they have the best shitposts.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Poor accessibility, from a visually and cognitively impaired perspective. Examples: flashing lights, animations, excessively high/low contrast, poor keyboard navigability, and a lack of landmarks.
From: Kleb
on May 26, 2022

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This is really dope. I got my start on the Internet in the 90's by making and maintaining my own site. It was so easy to meet new people and spend time just clicking through to new and interesting places. Somehow with the invention of social media, the Internet became a very lonely place. I am a professional web developer and I haven't had a personal site in a very, very long time. But now I feel inspired to be a part of something new and active myself.

How did you find the small web?
I randomly started checking out the BBS scene recently. Then I started thinking about protocols and missing the open Internet (not just the WWW as it is today). I somehow came across a Register article about a resurgence of Gopher. I learned about Gemini, which took me to a post at cheapskatesguide.org, and then somehow I ended up here.

Favorite thing about the small web?
People don't shout at each other. They communicate. There is an endless amount of ideas and information that enrich and entertain. There's creativity on display. There's a realization that platforms have been generally void of this and that the Internet is still alive.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Still getting my feet wet.
From: Forever
on May 26, 2022

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hello !!! how are you all?

How did you find the small web?
when I first installed Linux on my computer I discovered Mastodon; and everyone there had a website. (well i'm on misskey now, but doesn't matter)

Favorite website: https://seirdy.one

Favorite thing about the small web?
Personality and accessibility

Least favorite thing about the current web?
bloated, crapitalism, not personal
From: Arthur
on May 26, 2022

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This place is cool

From: glytch
on May 24, 2022

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there will always be a place for "simplicity"

How did you find the small web?
rss feed > Hacker News Daily Top 10 @2022-05-24 #674 > 1. Keep the web free, say no to Web3 (2021)

Favorite thing about the small web?
it's more personal. like you're connecting with people and their ideas, not some giant corporation that's out to make sure the factory grows

Least favorite thing about the current web?
seems bloated and impersonal
From: Gurley
on May 23, 2022

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🕴

From: AnarchistWizard
on May 23, 2022

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I love the message and how the site looks. Best of luck to you all!

How did you find the small web?
Reddit

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Crapitalism
From: TooManyToasters
on May 23, 2022

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Thank you for speaking out against Web3.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Free access
From: Mrook
on May 23, 2022

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I wish all websites would look like this. I haven't felt peace like this in ages. Thank you, fren.

From: Agamus
on May 23, 2022

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I love this site. It is the most pleasant "user experience" I have had since 2.0 reared its ugly head. A thousand thank yous!

How did you find the small web?
Hacker News - article on "Web3"

Favorite website: http://www.zombo.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
It's the actual web. The rest is BS.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
JS bloat, horrid user experience, and a lot more!
From: Father Pellegrini
on May 23, 2022

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Funky site

From: Aeris
on May 23, 2022

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Hey cool website!

From: dx
on May 23, 2022

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I never had a chance to experience the web as it once was but never want to live in a world in which it's controlled by something out of my reach.

From: DjBRINE1
on May 23, 2022

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Krya

on May 23, 2022

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Hello, I haven't checked in in a while to the Discord, I hope everyone is well!

How did you find the small web?
Originally through a slack channel in my local tech slack

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Para social relationshios
From: SodaBot
on May 22, 2022

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Drink Soda

How did you find the small web?
On the back of a can of soda

Favorite website: http://www.crouton.net

Favorite thing about the small web?
it reminds me of soda

Least favorite thing about the current web?
it doesn't have enough soda
From: Ramona
on May 22, 2022

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Great website and resources! Up until a week ago I didn't know stuff like the old internet still existed. Thanks for helping keep it alive~

Favorite website: https://www.OJ.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
Individuality

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Big social media platofrms
From: Mori
on May 21, 2022

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Truthfully I never experienced much of the old web, since I was born towards the tail end of it and wasn't allowed to use the internet as a baby. But I'm just old enough that I remember playing Microsoft Solitaire and 3D Pinball on our Windows XP computer and using Pidgin to communicate with family members. I'm largely riding off the accounts of others who saw the old internet firsthand, but there's a charm here that just can't be found in modern social media. The fact that groups like yesterweb exist is thrilling to me.

How did you find the small web?
I stumbled across Neocities and it was all downhill from there. It's amazing the things you find when you go surfing.


Favorite thing about the small web?
It feels so much more personal and interesting. When someone creates a retro-style personal website you can feel the personality and charm oozing off every page. It's harder to get around, sure, but surfing the small web is an adventure every time. Follow some different links and you'll end up somewhere completely new.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
It's simply impossible to be as creative on the modern internet as you can in communities like this. Social media has made it more convenient than ever to connect and share with the world, but in doing so it blocks out the ability to truly express yourself. I can't say it's impossible to make personal connections, but it's impossible to carve out a personal corner of the web that feels like it's your own. Instead all you have is a portfolio of links and nothing else to do but seek engagement and validation. I much prefer the anti-social network, where you put down what you want to see and then reach out and explore others' work at your own leisure.
From: Sage
on May 21, 2022

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It's so odd seeing people who don't know about guestbooks and webrings and even forums. People who are older than me, even! Did the old web last longer for poor families like mine who held on to the CRT longer? Don't know why it would when the shitty new stuff was always free. But I'm loving this little renaissance. Long live the indie web!

How did you find the small web?
I'm a native of the small web but I re-discovered it when I started getting into ARGs for a while.

Favorite thing about the small web?
Hyper-individuality combines with a collectivist and collaborative spirit in a way that is impossible elsewhere. Plus the graphic design is so much more fun and creative.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Everything looks the same as everything else, algorithms choke creativity to death, and personal information is sold to corporations who will never care about humans. Also, ADS! Even with adblock it's so fucking exhausting how every major website is designed for ads first and foremost.
From: Snipe
on May 20, 2022

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Seeing that sites like this still exist and are still being actively made makes me really happy. I want to try to contribute one day. I guess I'll have to figure out how lol.

How did you find the small web?
Pillowfort

Favorite thing about the small web?
Wandering around personal websites made for specialized topics feels more exciting than just pulling up a random Fandom wiki.

From: Rotary
on May 20, 2022

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Great website, very informative and I look forward to being part of the community in some capacity

How did you find the small web?
Neocities and Yesterweb

Favorite thing about the small web?
A sense of expressiveness and community

Least favorite thing about the current web?
DATA HARVESTING
From: Noriaki Gingerbrave
on May 19, 2022

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Just here to say hi and answer some of these questions! ଘ(੭˃ᴗ˂)੭

How did you find the small web?
Mostly by chain of stuff, like for example, I am into sites like pokefarm and chicken smoothie and I also like old things even though I wasnt on that era so I was bound to find it

Favorite thing about the small web?
How colofull is mostly is! it seem to be really colofull around!

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Its boring! everyone talking about their problems instead of their likes! grrrrrr!
From: Shaun
on May 19, 2022

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Least favorite thing about the current web?
lack of privacy
From: Zyico
on May 19, 2022

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hello

How did you find the small web?
from a friend

From: Abi
on May 17, 2022

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The concept of a guestbook on a website is new to me, but I love it.

How did you find the small web?
You've Got Kat's video, "You Should Check Out the Indie Web"

Favorite thing about the small web?
The sheer variety of the things people come up to do with their sites

From: coda
on May 14, 2022

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Might not have been there to witness the original web myself but I've always loved the vibes of sites like neocities or games like Hypnospace Outlaw. Keep it up!

From: NeoVoid
on May 14, 2022

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Its good to see someone preserving the old web (web2.0) till this day. The current state of internet mostly overtaken by commercialization. And due to this money making mindset we are loosing the innocence and honesty of netizens that we once had. Thanks to projects like yesterweb this beauty wont be lost in dust of times.

From: oliver
on May 12, 2022

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this is super coolio beans

on May 12, 2022

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This is wonderful!

How did you find the small web?
Mastodon post

Favorite website: http://exitmundi.nl/

Favorite thing about the small web?
The variety, perhaps; a lot of novelty just in web site formats/structures alone

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Paywalls
From: Spooterpoot23
on May 10, 2022

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This is the first web guestbook I’ve signed in YEARS! Hello from England.

How did you find the small web?
Mastodon, IndieWeb etc.

Favorite thing about the small web?
The nostalgia

Least favorite thing about the current web?
It’s not as engaging as more social platforms. It feels like people talking to themselves and not each other.
From: ref0rming
on May 08, 2022

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Wow, honestly a little floored to find this right now. You get a lot of this, but I'm inspired -- I kind of hope I can join up someday.

How did you find the small web?
Link off off wiby


Favorite thing about the small web?
It's weird to see places with this much control. I really wonder how 'community' the community part is ...

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Essentializing the self
on May 07, 2022

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Yo, really digging setting up a basic personal website and having a lot of fun with it!

How did you find the small web?
I'm pretty damn sure I just stumbled upon it as I was doing research on web development.


Favorite thing about the small web?
Freedom, the price is splendid as well. Bare bones nostalgic web coding is kinda what I've been looking for without knowing I've been looking for it.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Every person and their mother want to be a content creator without being creative. Conglomerates control conversation, while allowing a gross amount of misinformation. Everyone is out to make a buck through an exploitative system.
From: Cupid
on May 07, 2022

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Hello o/

From: syn
on May 07, 2022

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the work you guys do here is amazing

How did you find the small web?
ive generally always kind of known about it, but a tumblr post i saw inspired me to check out some really cool sites, and then i wanted to make my own!

Favorite website: https://cinni.net

Favorite thing about the small web?
the culture of things to put on your website like stamps, adoptables, blinkies and cliques, humans are always looking for ways to show themselves to others and i think these are all fantastic ways of doing so

Least favorite thing about the current web?
the way its become so centralized and sterile
From: tulpac
on May 06, 2022

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much respect for the work you do o7

How did you find the small web?
a certain internet forum lead me to spacehey, where this site features prominently on one of the top groups

Favorite thing about the small web?
it's a silly little thing, but it's just nice to see people congregate on various websites rather than one giant, samey social media network

Least favorite thing about the current web?
two things compete for first place imo – the most accessible content is noise carefully curated to fuel addictions, while actual informative texts are buried under a mountain of seo-optimized blogs (getting actual human input on google requires you to search site:reddit.com, and that is really depressing)
From: GissyEva
on May 04, 2022

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Hello! I've been looking at this site for quite a while since I've worked more on my own site and I have to say: It has been fascinating, especially the zines!! :D

How did you find the small web?
Neocities. ^o^

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Honestly, the lack of customization and how it seems that social media has been kinda run by bots nowadays. Bleh..
From: Sadness
on May 04, 2022

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Test

From: UltimateSpork
on April 28, 2022

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This is neat. There are some spammers here btw.

Favorite thing about the small web?
Has more freedom and cool stuff instead of the boring sterile and censored modern web.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Garbage content thats designed to make people dumber.
on April 26, 2022

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Just wanted to let you know I saw this website and am not a spam bot. There's a lot of spam bots on this guest book!

How did you find the small web?
Uhh, gemini?


Favorite thing about the small web?
No corporate interests allowed.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
The propaganda
From: Elizabeth
on April 26, 2022

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Cool website!

How did you find the small web?
Neocities

From: ashton
on April 22, 2022

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HELLLO idk much about this site but it's very cool ^_^ hello fellow 2000s enjoyers!!

How did you find the small web?
thru blinkies.cafe !!!!!!

Least favorite thing about the current web?
lack of pixels
From: schmudde
on April 21, 2022

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See yah around gemini!

How did you find the small web?
IndieWeb IRC

Favorite thing about the small web?
The creativity

Least favorite thing about the current web?
The similarity
on April 21, 2022

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Ahhh guestbooks. Really pretty site :)

How did you find the small web?
Just a night of thoughts

Favorite thing about the small web?
Everything

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Nothing :D
From: Pepy
on April 19, 2022

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Oh god I accidentally put my website in the message field

From: Pepy
on April 19, 2022

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https://pip-pepping.neocities.org/

How did you find the small web?
I was encouraged to return here when I saw a Tumblr post about it. I remembered I kinda did HTML/CSS when Deviantart still had that option, so I took the plunge

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Lack of customization, for sure. People can get away with using fonts and special characters on places like Twitter, but 1) that's probably hell for screen readers 2) you can use actual fonts on your own website
From: plate
on April 18, 2022

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this place has style, good work!

How did you find the small web?
if you mean this place, then cadence.moe -> sadgrl.online -> here in general i think it was seeing stuff like neocities, and luke smith's landchad.net project, but i never explored much

Favorite thing about the small web?
it's very human

Least favorite thing about the current web?
centralisation, a few large platforms shouldn't be the internet for so many people. things like the yesterweb encourage community
on April 18, 2022

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oh cool a guestbook, we will come back soon!

How did you find the small web?
lol found this here from a friend in irc

Favorite website: https://razorback95.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
No bloat required! And we can run it on old machines!

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Google and M£taV£r$e
From: absent
on April 17, 2022

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braided my hair this morning. pretty good. been wondering if i should cut it so i can look more masculine? but i REALLY like having my hair long. idk. anyway this is cool. im making a neocities rn, probably to hold comprehensive info about my OCs. i need a place to compile information about them that i can easily send to my friends. anyway. hope everyone's having a good day and if you aren't i hope it gets better :]

Least favorite thing about the current web?
NFTs, algorithms
From: mor
on April 17, 2022

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mor was here

From: Wind
on April 15, 2022

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aw hell yeah a guestbook

How did you find the small web?
from the yesterweb ring

Favorite thing about the small web?
fuck NFTs and web3

Least favorite thing about the current web?
un everything lmao
From: Tycho-2
on April 14, 2022

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They say you can't go back to the good old days but I feel like this is pretty damn close. Thanks for keeping it real!

How did you find the small web?
thru an irl friend

Favorite website: https://bogleech.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
It feels like when i was a kid and the only freedom I had was the internet, and I could find little digital escapes to hide into. It's an adventure and genuinely enjoyable to explore.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Corporations centralizing and sanitizing everything, or maybe the weird new social landscapes that have developed on social media where complete strangers feel entitled to interact with you in like, the worst ways. Everything is an advertisement or a performance, as if when people aren't selling something they need to prove something about themselves or someone else.
From: anis
on April 14, 2022

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found out about your site on reddit ! i love how you managed to revive what used to be the internet on your website. keep going, love from paris

Least favorite thing about the current web?
i hate browsing the same websites everyday. i wish i could go back in time to discover new sites
From: HorsePie
on April 13, 2022

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Hello! This site is really cool and I hope I can make something like it in the near future! Have a good day!

How did you find the small web?
Those cool little website link thingys people put to link to other sites :)

Favorite website: https://cybergrunge.net/

Favorite thing about the small web?
It promotes a good message and is presented really well!

Least favorite thing about the current web?
just how bloody centralised its all become! And this web3 nonsense is only going to make it worse!
From: AJ
on April 13, 2022

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Hello, you guys cool!

How did you find the small web?
I can't really remember...

From: eli
on April 13, 2022

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even though i wouldnt even consider myself conscious at any point during its reigning era the geocities web aesthetic is by far my favorite of all time

How did you find the small web?
i dont remember exactly where but i know it was through me scavenging random pages for silly 88x31 buttons


Favorite thing about the small web?
i love looking at all the silly and extremely stupidly well made and amazingly designed sites

Least favorite thing about the current web?
the soullessness
From: lucss21a
on April 12, 2022

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I just found out about this on r/neocities discord

How did you find the small web?
Well, it's curiosity.

Favorite thing about the small web?
Flashy gif gallore and wacky text effects

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Javascript, mainly
on April 12, 2022

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i think we should ban facebook

How did you find the small web?
Don't remember, probably tumblr


Favorite thing about the small web?
I love being able to customize everything about my site to be exactly how I want it, and I love seeing what other people do with that power

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Pick a random trait of twitter.com. That website is seemingly designed specifically to maximize misery. The ideal website, in my opinion, is just the opposite of twitter. But to give a specific answer, corporate ownership of everything.
on April 12, 2022

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Guys, if you use computers, get a website. https://landchad.net/ (Thanks LukeSmith)

How did you find the small web?
Through Bugswriter (very cool tech guy) http://bugswriter.com/

Favorite website: https://lukesmith.xyz/

Favorite thing about the small web?
The individualism and the following creativity & freedom.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Big media corporations basically own (majority) the used internet which gives them a lot of control -not a fan. Also, AHHH, I DONT LIKE THE GAY UWU FURRIES!!
From: Firestarter
on April 11, 2022

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I've been whining about the way I hate the new web and miss the old one for AGES and now I suddenly find this project. I'm feeling at home. Thank you. Definitely will make my own place in the net and try to join the community as soon as life lets me live a little.

How did you find the small web?
A post on Tumblr

Favorite thing about the small web?
Call me old (which I'm not) but it brings back the feeling of when the Net was new and magical and exciting. There so much stuff that got pushed out by the gentrification of the Internet. And no constant pressure to stay online 24/7. I love this. I'm gonna cry. I wanna be one of you. I used to code as a kid for this stuff precisely. TIME MACHINE IS REAL.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
THE LACK OF PERSONALITY. With the exception of Tumblr (which is arguably the closest to the old Web spirit out of the major social websites), every other site is like. Here you can change your avatar and if you're lucky you get a banner. Where did the customization go where are my glittery backgrounds and unreadable acid fonts. Why must everything be an equivalent of a sterile hospital (but with ads on every wall). Ugh.
on April 09, 2022

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My site started out as an HTML/CSS learning project, but now I keep it as my own place on the web. The $136USD it costs per 3 years is more than worth any free social media platform out there

How did you find the small web?
Tumblr

Least favorite thing about the current web?
How it’s centralized on less than 10 major websites
From: gonna make it for sure
on April 09, 2022

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so many soldiers fake, so they break and they bodies shake

How did you find the small web?
takin' no shortz

From: adabunn
on April 09, 2022

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haiiii

From: casper
on April 08, 2022

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arf :3

How did you find the small web?
under my bed!!!!!!!!

From: olliepup
on April 08, 2022

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whoeever is reading this i love love love you so much andyou are so pretty andgoreous and i care abt you and love you

How did you find the small web?
w e n d i g o o n !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: ollie
on April 08, 2022

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WOOF

How did you find the small web?
wendigoon

Favorite thing about the small web?
the storiez

Least favorite thing about the current web?
NOTHUNG
on April 06, 2022

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GRAND WAS HERE!!! <3 love you all

From: geebz
on April 06, 2022

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This stuff is really cool! It's so wonderful to see people devoted to making something so personal and having the generosity to share it. I just wanted to say thanks!

How did you find the small web?
From a tumblr post


Favorite thing about the small web?
It just all feels so personal, like people are just here to make things for their own sake. The web today can be so full of grifting/hustling and I just want to see more spaces that are fun and personal without a profit motive behind them.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Well I guess I already put it above but it feels like so much of the current web is people just trying to earn a buck or get ahead, but maybe that's not entirely the webs fault and more just a thing with society? I'm no sociologist I just wish the world was full of more spaces where people just wanted to share who they are and didn't have to feel like they gotta grift to get what they need.
From: Sambi
on April 06, 2022

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I like the feel of the website

How did you find the small web?
Some wendigo told me

Favorite website: http://www.killercoke.org/

Favorite thing about the small web?
The nostalgia for a time when I wasn't alive

Least favorite thing about the current web?
the pretentiousness
From: Hectoreumesmo
on April 06, 2022

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E aí rapaziada mandando aquele salve

From: Frootjuce
on April 05, 2022

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you guys are pretty epic. im glad theres a group of people like this

How did you find the small web?
i think i just went down a rabbit hole too hard and found heaven.

Favorite thing about the small web?
well most of it, but partially the fact that the people here know how to make music and thats pretty epic

Least favorite thing about the current web?
most of it doesnt have a dark theme on default, and also the fact that it endlessly contributes to the worst kind of dystopia that sucks too. i would rather the world not become cyberpunk hell until i have an outfit for it.
From: J8-Bit
on April 04, 2022

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Play Mega Man RAM/Mega Man Boss Exchange!

How did you find the small web?
One of my college roommates

Favorite website: https://magmmlcontest.com/

Favorite thing about the small web?
Retro graphics/custom pixel art

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Negativity
From: Keahi
on April 04, 2022

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Hi

How did you find the small web?
Wendigoon

From: x10102
on April 03, 2022

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#oldnetisnotdead!

How did you find the small web?
Browsing Neocities

Favorite thing about the small web?
Creativity, the *aestethics*, a bit of mystery. A way to express yourself.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Terrible design, omnipresent political debates, no "soul"
From: Gardenhead
on April 02, 2022

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wow this rocks

From: Seth
on April 02, 2022

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Awesome project!!!! I cant wait for more!

From: pug
on April 02, 2022

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eeehhhhhhh

From: mars
on March 31, 2022

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owo!

How did you find the small web?
hypanogic archives site i think!

Favorite thing about the small web?
its all so aesthetic, and you can tell that people really put heart into it.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
rampant advertising. :( capitalism thrives ig
From: Zabler
on March 31, 2022

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thanks <3

How did you find the small web?
coincidental

Favorite thing about the small web?
The creativity and nostalgia <3

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Everything looks and feels the same
From: Josef
on March 31, 2022

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I love the things you stand for, the content you bring such as the webrings and links page, as well as the community you guys have.

How did you find the small web?
Looking if someone was emulating the feeling of old Japanese ISP websites, and then one thing led to another and I found myself here and NeoCities.

Favorite thing about the small web?
community, individually

Least favorite thing about the current web?
severe lack of privacy, facebook is checking your location in 4 seconds WATCH OUT
From: solar
on March 30, 2022

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i wanna stay on here forever, love from kuwait

How did you find the small web?
from a spacehey group!

Favorite thing about the small web?
nostalgia, closeness and community, feels more real and less scary. its refreshing to see after seeing insta, tiktok etc everywhere

Least favorite thing about the current web?
current web feels too fake, people are meaner, i feel like 90% of users are bots on mainstream apps and websites
From: db
on March 30, 2022

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thank you <3

Least favorite thing about the current web?
most everything
From: jojo
on March 30, 2022

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your website is chill and cool.

How did you find the small web?
i've been here for a while. there are other communities similar to this like the self-hosting community and alt protocols like gemini,zeronet,ipfs etc..


Favorite thing about the small web?
the sense of community and individualism

Least favorite thing about the current web?
the bloat and making things complicated when it shouldn't be.
From: Sofly
on March 27, 2022

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I absolutely love what you guys do, what you stand for, and the ways you all have of achievieng that, more power to you all and i hope to see your names in the foundations of a better internet

How did you find the small web?
Bumbling arround Neocities, i think i found sadness' webpage first


Favorite thing about the small web?
The aesthetic, and how accesible it is, the lack of need for knowledge on how to make a website look pretty and professional is amazing

Least favorite thing about the current web?
The little room for creativity it leaves, a profile in, let's say, twitter, is not that different from another person's, it doesn't feel like i'm watching a different person's space, rather a mold someone decided to put green dough instead of blue
From: mossman
on March 26, 2022

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<3 mmmmyy faavorite webriiiing

How did you find the small web?
i have no memories before 2020 or after 2012

Favorite website: http://oldcomputers.net/

Favorite thing about the small web?
its wicked, bro

Least favorite thing about the current web?
its so boring :(
From: JR
on March 26, 2022

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I really love this site and love seeing it grow, along with the sub communities. The zine is lovely too.

How did you find the small web?
90s kid. I can't remember how I found NeoCities but I've always hated web2.0.

Favorite website: https://dominoclub.itch.io/

Favorite thing about the small web?
The zine and finding others through the manifestos and sub-communities.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Livescroll induces nausea and no one is inclined to fix that. Algorithm just recommends me awful stuff and I don't know why.
From: DemonClaus
on March 24, 2022

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This place is so cool!

From: yot
on March 23, 2022

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Great site and keep up the good work! You really do make the small web feel a bit bigger

How did you find the small web?
I read an article about the Geocities archival that took place in 2009 and then I wondered if there's a site like it that's still around. After a few searches I found neocities and the rest is history...

Favorite thing about the small web?
There are so many talented people out there who make some really beautiful and creative sites! Also no cookies, ads or trackers to worry about :)

on March 22, 2022

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Hi! Nice to be here..

From: iyalou
on March 22, 2022

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this website introduced me to the small web! thank you for existing!! i've learned a lot through this site ^^

From: jackdaws
on March 22, 2022

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I'm slowly reading through the articles in your past zines and I love every one of them. They put in words what I struggled with for a long time, each of them in a different way, and it's really validating and comforting!

How did you find the small web?
Through a friend talking about neocities!

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Alghoritms...
From: qorg11
on March 22, 2022

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Read Deleuze.

How did you find the small web?
I woke up one day and said "I'm going to create a website"

From: tommy
on March 21, 2022

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I'm very very new here, and still figuring out how to best get involved, but I'm very excited!

From: Neonriser
on March 21, 2022

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Thank you for uniting many amazing and like-minded people from all over Neocities and beyond!

How did you find the small web?
It happened back in 2017 when I had a random thought about fulfilling a childhood dream of creating my own personal web site. I don't know what caused this in the first place, but I know it drove me to do research on the internet on how to host a website without having to spend money. This is when I discovered Neocities, and the rest was history.

Favorite website: https://bogleech.com

Favorite thing about the small web?
I love the sense of community! By visiting their webpages, you get to understand other people and have an opportunity to put yourself in their shoes. I also love the dedication and creativity they put into their own works.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
The focus on money over people.
From: IToren
on March 21, 2022

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Very cool thing u got here! I absolutely love the mission. I love how everything is so self expressive and colorful. And I love all the services this website provides too.

How did you find the small web?
zayn.world, very cool website. I believe I found it while looking for old websites on Reddit. And I think I found a thread talking about personal websites or sumthing idk lol.

Favorite website: https://zayn.world/

Favorite thing about the small web?
Definitely the creativity and expression which comes with everyone coding their own website themselves. It so nice, especially once you consider that all the other websites basically have white backgrounds with black text.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Probably how bland it is. As stated previously, any "modern" looking website is just white background with black text. Maybe some light blue if your lucky.
From: Vukky
on March 21, 2022

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the yesterweb is: Reraly Cool.

on March 20, 2022

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hello! i love so much yesterweb project is so cool, a lot informative and refreshing, great message, wish to yesterweb the best, future of the web

How did you find the small web?
browsing here and there, maybe through theoldnet.com, yesterweb from neocities button, mostly when found neocities searching for something for learn html not social customizable for free lol


Favorite thing about the small web?
complete freedom of creativity for everyone and artists, difficult to get bored, cool nice people with cool ideas, warm, friendly and welcoming community, feeling safer and being yourself, a lot mobile friendly for mobile only users (hate popups on the whole screen, also way more friendly than socials, not feeling obligated to have soulless social apps), there's always something new to discover, perfect corner of the current and modern web

From: Zoob
on March 20, 2022

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What do you call a dog that has no legs?....................It don't matter what you call it. It's not gonna come .

How did you find the small web?
Lost and Found

Favorite thing about the small web?
http://razorback95.com/

Least favorite thing about the current web?
The Expensive Wine
From: veir
on March 20, 2022

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thank you for your work and the constant efforts to keep the small web up and strong. it makes me feel comfortable knowing it's an available space

Favorite thing about the small web?
the ability to build a space freely and how the interactions with others feel more honest.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
the need to please algorythmns and the need some people have to adjust their craft because of that, people being convinced it's the norm and that there's nothing else.
on March 20, 2022

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I love the zines! It’s one of the things I look forward to when I visit the site.

How did you find the small web?
A Tumblr post —> Sadness’s manifesto

Favorite thing about the small web?
It feels like something actually scenic and not just made-to-work and monotonous; it feels like actually getting to know people through what they write and how they style their websites, not through a gazillion posts on all kinds of topics that just show up and offer information that you are forced to/inadvertently take in all at once.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Social media sites. It feels like I’m taking things in at a chokingly high speed. Take a look at a post for a moment, scroll through it in the next. There’ll always be more - everyone’s talking about something - and I find myself having forgotten what I’ve come to the site to do in the midst of browsing it.
From: Blagi
on March 20, 2022

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I love this site and the information it provides!!

How did you find the small web?
Browsing neocities.

Favorite thing about the small web?
The creativity and personality.

Least favorite thing about the current web?
It is owned by a handful of companies and is very same-y
on March 20, 2022

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woohoo a guestbook!! thanks for everything you do sadness, I hope you have a wonderful day!

How did you find the small web?
I honestly don't remember, I'm always on the lookout for cool obscure stuff.

Favorite website: http://tilde.town

Favorite thing about the small web?
that you have your own creative space that you have complete control over and no paywalls behind basic site features COUGH weebly COUGH

Least favorite thing about the current web?
how social media and has become the norm and consumes people's lives with their addictive algorithms and scummy business practices. if Facebook, insta, etc as it is today existed in the 90's it wouldve been considered as dangerous malware
on March 20, 2022

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Grateful for what you do!

From: lime360
on March 20, 2022

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hello

How did you find the small web?
somewhere

Favorite website: http://razorback95.com/

Favorite thing about the small web?
i want to just explore the small web

Least favorite thing about the current web?
i hate the entire internet (except the small web) also why everyone uses the internet when they can go outside and touch grass small web is for chads, the current web is for virgins
From: Sage
on March 20, 2022

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Hey Yesterweb friends! Thank you for making the Internet a better place.

How did you find the small web?
I was looking for a Geocities alternative, and Neocities showed up in a search.

Favorite thing about the small web?
A sense of community

Least favorite thing about the current web?
Manipulative algorithms