When I knew I was going to make this directory, of course, I had to come up with a domain name that sounded “searchish”. I went to my registrar and hunted around looking for inspiration.
Infoseek was the name of the first search engine I ever used on the Web back in the ’90’s. It was also the search engine I used to learn how to optimize meta-tags with. My first baby steps in learning SEO. I really liked old Infoseek and it’s too bad Disney killed it. Of course, Infoseek is Trademarked so it is unusable.
Hyperseek was the name of the first perl directory script I ever built a directory with. It was a beast to learn but it could do practically anything – very powerful and feature rich even by today’s standards.
So (Something)seek seemed fortuitous.
I didn’t want to use the full word/name “Indieweb” as that belongs to Indieweb.org and I know they kinda discourage it’s use for other purposes, so I tried to find a workaround for a directory of the Independent Web:
“Independent” was too long.
“Freedom” and variants sounded like a political liberation movement.
“Alt” has become associated with extremists of the Right and Left so that would not work at all.
“Libre” is used in computer software and hardware circles (ie. Libre Office) and that didn’t seem to fit very well.
I finally settled on “Indieseek” Indie for Independent Web + seek which is searchish.
The top level domain “.xyz” got chosen because because it was 1. general and not associated with one country or occupation, 2. short, 3.funky sounding, 4. cheaper than all the others.
And it turns out Indieseek is probably way better than DumpTheManseek.xyz or AntiSiloseek.com. Just saying.
Preserving this for posterity.
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