Even though I am an avid blogger and not entirely against Web 2.0, I sometimes wish to go back to the good, old days of LiveJournal, DiaryLand and further mostly Web 1.0. Today, I find myself searching Google for a relatively sciencey subject about which I hope to find lay-friendly information. Lay-friendly it gets, but the information to entertainment ratio is lower than low: the first results I get are old E-mail list and forum messages.
Now I expect this would’ve been the case in 2005, too, since these forums and E-mail lists existed back then, but then we still had good, old Google Directory. It still exists, I must admit, but it looks like, apart frm the social networking section, it’s not been updated since 2002. Expecting to find information on at least one of the combination of medical terms I’d entered in the Google search box, I browsed the directory. I was greeted with “Sorry, [page title] is no longer online” on the only page I found in Google Directory on my topic of interest that didn’t look like it was a forum.
But forums are great, of course – when you ar enot looking for information. Except if you can’t even find them. If you check the Google Directory > Society > Disabled > Chats and Forums, for example, most places you will be pointed to are long-defunct Yahoo! groups and message boards I frequented in 2002. Sigh. Where are Google’s Web 1.0 editors?