[PD] webring name and url (!) changed to pd_ring

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 19:17:16 CEST 2007

I think webring is a generic term anyway, so I don't know what this 
company wants. you cannot name a product "salt" when used in connection 
with sodium chloride...

Andy Farnell wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 11:56:35 -0400
> marius schebella <marius.schebella at gmail.com> wrote:
>> a. Use
> Here's how I remember it Marius. The term "webring" was in use circa 1995, in
> the "preteen adolescence" of the internet if you like. There were thousands
> of webrings on all subjects from absailing to ZX81 games. They came at a time
> when commodity hosting first rolled out and everybody started to have
> a website on Geocities and suchlike. While not as popular as BBS, forums, IRC
> or any of the other giant internet and pre-web phenomenon, webrings were of a
> scale that makes the term a generally understood public domain expression
> through common usage. They were a formative version of the social networking
> concept by direct association between sites. Any ideas on who coined the term?
> I guess you could possibly find references going back to 94 somewhere and 
> pinpoint a first usage in the archives.
> Fast forward to about 2000. I'm searching for webrings on game modding
> about that time and seeing that one company had spamdexed the entire Google 
> listings down past page 10 with individual entries, many of which were
> placeholders and didn't actually seem to exist. Their SEO tactics were so
> brutal you had to jump to pages in the low teens before you saw any of the 
> old independent webrings. It seems since registering the domain in 1997 they've
> systematically been swallowing up private webrings and trying to shut down all
> the others for the last 10 years.
> Anyone got any stories or evidence that supports this view?
> a.

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