Building a Happier Internet

 

The Internet used to be a choose your own adventure story. Landing on one site and clicking on link after link of randomness. 

I remember a time on the Internet when I could go to a friend's website and see at a glimpse what they were up to. It was cool to add every single feed or widget to share what you were listening to, what you were reading, what links you were bookmarking, where you were, etc. I miss those days of the internet. 

Now the algorithms have taken over and it is much more difficult to serendipitously discover something by chance. Services keep taking away features you love (RIP Instagram Maps) and adding on poor replicas of other services to increase revenue (see: Western companies trying to add stickers). They also force you to stay within their "Great Wall". You are constrained by this wall where you are only able to view videos, links, etc, signed in to their garden of content (see: Facebook and Linkedin).

The Internet has gotten boring because many of us stopped sharing. We stopped building cool websites to put our shit on. We gave up our creativity for the clicks of a "community" blogging platform (see: Medium).

 

But getting someone’s attention should be a means in journalism, not the end goal. What matters is that we use this attention to inform citizens about the world around them. In 2017, we have to gain the trust of our audiences first by articulating this mission and then living up to it.
Earn trust by working for (and with) readers

 

I keep thinking about the things we share and what we dedicate our attention to. I reckon if we went back to the basics and shared more of our own content, the Internet would be a happier place. This is why I am working on my site again, to build a happier place on a  bit of the Internet in hopes that it will inspire you to share too. 

The Internet is an offering from every person on the planet. We need to share our ideas to keep the Internet happy and interesting. 

Please contribute, and please come back to uwenna.com soon!

 

Indie WebAnne Wu