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What happened to the good old web-rings of yore, when search engines were not all that all-knowing and all-powerful, and SIGs (Special Interest Groups) tended to link to each other by organizing such webrings?

Speaking of which: I wonder why the fediverse instances haven't yet used this "old" system (or something similar) to point to each other when they have common interests? e.g. language specific groups could point to each, or content specific groups (like the 20-something furry groups).

I'm **not** advocating for the fediverse to disperse in little social interest groups, quite the opposite! But right now most similar "themed" instances don't even know about each other, despite the existence of the instance wizard at instances.social/
Incorporating a ring-alike technology might bring a change to this...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webring

@Lord_Fine They broke a lot as I recall. One site would go down, you'd lose your place and have to start over again from random, or the start or whatever. Even back in they day they rarely worked right.

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