Information ecosystem

Note: This page is a work in progress.

The basic idea of the web is to share information and connect it via web pages with hyperlinks.

A healthy web means an open web where web pages are linked to and from - often. They should also be accessible for free to be considered part of a connected world wide web.

Many sites exist on the internet that do no exist on the web according to those definitions:

  • Inaccessible paywalled websites
  • Web apps that act as walled gardens
  • Websites that do not have links from other websites

Websites that do not link out to other websites sit somewhere in a grey zone, but are still extremely problematic.

The web of 2021 is in danger because of the effects of the growing number of sites that fit one of the criteria above. In addition, there are less people making websites due to reduced visibility. Yes, there are more websites and web pages than ever but discovery is difficult. More and more people are opting to work for or on companies that describe the above instead of on open web projects where the goal is providing information. This is despite the fact that infosites can be an excellent career choice with tens of thousands of webmasters still commanding 6-7 figure yearly revenues from their websites.

The web of today exists as an abstraction layer of decentralized, centralized, and open-source technologies on the internet with a goal of providing and connecting information, it would be fair to surmise that the web is in fact an information ecosystem.

An information ecosystem experiencing issues would experience some of the following:

  • Harder to find information
  • Inaccessible information
  • Growing misinformation
  • Outdated information
  • Poor quality information

Almost every person using the web today can attest that they have experienced one or more of the above with increasing frequency.

This should not be the case.

Infosites are an increasingly rare species, especially the good ones. There has been little improvement in the technologies used for building infosites compared to those being made for web applications. There is a huge amount of opportunity to get involved with infosites either as a developer who wants to modernize old technologies such as webrings, as a developer who wants to come up with brand new ones, or as someone who wants to provide accurate or entertaining information on the web for all.

Changing things starts with awareness and second with action to create further awareness or direct change.

So why work on infosites?

Because the web needs them. Because there is opportunity to do good. Because it helps people.