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Smol Internet

Smol Internet, smol web, small web, smol net, dork web, poor man's web, web revival and similar terms refer to Internet technology (such as gopher, gemini, plain HTML etc.) and communities that are smaller, simpler, less controlled and less toxic than the "big mainstream Internet" (especially the Web) which due to capitalism became littered with shit like ads, unbearable bloat, censorhip, spyware, corporate propaganda, masses of retarded people, bullshit cheap visuals like animations etc. Consider this analogy: the mainstream, i.e. world wide web, Discord, Facebook etc., is like a big shiny city, but as the city grows and becomes too stressful, overcrowded, hasted, overcontrolled with police and ads on every corner, people start to move to the countryside where life is simpler and happier -- smol Internet is the countryside.

What EXACTLY constitutes a Smol Internet? Of course we don't really have exact definitions besides what people write on blogs, it also depends on the exact term we use, e.g. smol web may refer specifically to lightweight self-hosted websites while smol net will also include different protocols than HTTP(s) (i.e. things outside the Web). But we are usually talking about simpler (KISS, suckless, ...), alternative, decentralized, self hosted technology (protocols, servers, ...), and communities that strive to escape commercially spoiled spaces. These communities don't aim to grow to big sizes or compete with the mainstream Web, they do not seek to replace the Web or achieve the same things (popularity, profitability, ...) but rather bring back the quality the Web (and similar services such as Usenet) used to have in the early days such as relative freedom, unrestricted sharing, free speech, simplicity, decentralization, creative personal sites, comfiness, fun and so on. It is for the people, not for companies and corporations. Smol Internet usually refers to gopher and gemini, the alternative protocols to HTTP, the basis of the Web. Smol Web on the other hand stands for simple, plain HTML web 1.0 static personal/community sites on the Web itself which are however hosted independently, often on one's own server (self hosted) -- such sites can be searched e.g. with the wiby search engine. It may also include small communities such as pubnixes like SDF and tildeverse. Other KISS communication technology such as email and IRC may also fall under Smol Internet.

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