These are notebook type thoughts. I’m developing my thoughts.
I have been thinking of a directory of directories and how that would work. There is no value in just listing a bunch of spammy directories built only for SEO purposes. And I have already listed the good traditional directories in Indieseek.
However, what if I got away from what I normally consider a “directory” and started thinking about hyperlink nodes – collections of hyperlinks?
- Good Directories – fellow travelers with what Kicks Condor and I are trying to do.
- Good Indie Search Engines – with their own index.
- Blogrolls and Following Pages – extensive ones.
- Link Pages – extensive ones.
- Niche Directories – many are built using pages on a blog but I keep running into them.
- Webrings – functioning ones. (Maybe ??)
- Other – You know them if you look close, but they may not be obvious.
The first two bullet points, I have or can easily cover here on Indieseek, but the later points from Blogrolls down I don’t think have ever been mapped out. It’s a bit like cataloging the forgotten notebooks of the web.
The bulleted list above would probably make a good set of top level categories.
The second question is: does this have any value? And for that I’m not sure. I could see somebody using the Blogroll category to find blogs that other individuals are following. Each blogroll is a word of mouth recommendation. And that’s the thing, these relatively small hyperlink nodes, mostly all have humans making them and that has a value – somehow. This gets down to the grass roots of the Web. The Web, by definition, is about hyperlinks and linking – by humans for use by humans, not algorithms.
I don’t think it will ever be huge. but may over time end up being larger than I anticipate. Which is why I’m leaning toward using a directory script vs. trying to do this on the wiki. Easier to maintain on a purpose built script.
I don’t think it will get used a lot by the public. I don’t think the public will understand it. I don’t really care about either of those. Some people collect rocks, I collect links. *Sigh* At the minimum this would be a place to keep bookmarks of these hyperlink nodes.
Seems like this could be a good place to store these links publicly since I keep finding them.
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