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.