Again, I clicked an old bookmark I had squirreled away, and discovered something I didn’t expect. I found a node in a webring. I can’t remember the last time I was at a webring node. I remember thinking at the time “Web rings. What an oddly tentative way of organizing Web information.” I also remember asking “Why would someone create a webring?”
We like to create order out of chaos, and the World Wide Web can be considered organized chaos. But, it may not be organized the way I like it or expect it to be. Hence the webring concept, I guess.
But it seems to me that a webring needs lots of maintenance to identify potential nodes and add the node to the ring. There is webring software to do that; but it begs the question “Why have webrings?”
According to the Wikipedia article on webrings, “when used to improve search engine rankings, webrings can be considered a search engine optimization technique.” There are lots of advantages and disadvantages associated with webrings.
I’d be interested in knowing if my readers are members of (or visit) other webrings.
(Oh, the webring I stumbled upon? The Beer Ring, which was included in Henry’s Beer Links. Don’t ask.)