Bringing Back the Spirit of Geocities
for the Modern Web
Open Source Bridge 2015
Kyle Drake, Victoria Wang
When you don't create things,
you become defined by your tastes
rather than ability.
Your tastes only narrow and exclude people.
- Why the Lucky Stiff
created web sites?
The founder of the largest social network in the world...
used gray backgrounds.
Now we just get a text box. Seriously?
Fun? Humbug! Now it's all about
The web used to be about
How do we bring that back?
Bring back "free home pages"
Invent a zero-ads business model
Make websites that can't shut down.
Our expertise and trustability creates our value, not easily reproducible code secrets.
Web sites can do things social networks can't.
These were difficult.
It took a lot of work (and learning) to solve them.
The street finds its own uses for things. - William Gibson
IPFS creates a permanent, decentralized P2P web.
All sites on Neocities are instantly federated.
Result: Neocities sites can stay up, even if we don't.