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Discover the real internet with Wiby

by coxy
February 13, 2022
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In the early days of the web, pages were made primarily by hobbyists, academics, and computer savvy people about subjects they were personally interested in. Later on, the web became saturated with commercial pages that overcrowded everything else. All the personalized websites are hidden among a pile of commercial pages. 

The Wiby search engine is building a web of pages as it was in the earlier days of the internet. In addition, Wiby helps vintage computers to continue browsing the web, as pages indexed are more suitable for their performance.

— Wiby Search Engine · wiby.me/about

And it’s literally that. Wiby is a vast collection of sites that were or look like they were built in 1999, but many of them are still maintained today. 

Like most search engines, there’s a bunch of commands you can add to your searches to tweak results. Details on the settings page. For those that don’t really know what they are looking for, there’s a Surprise Me! option which takes you to a random site in the search index.

And if you wanted to use it as your default search, adding !g or !b to the start of your search will kick you over to Google or Bing.

A screenshot of Wiby search engine as of 13 February 2022

I’ve found it useful to use a few times when wanting to explore the web and my commercial search engine of choice is just giving me results to the walled-gardens of Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, eBay, Reddit, etc.

Searching with Wiby is different: 


I love it. All of it. I’m eager to donate to Wiby.

Wiby really makes me feel like there are people on the web still carving out their own hobbyist spaces – something which I thought was lost to the closed groups and subreddits of big corporate sites.

I might even set it as my default search engine.

wiby.me

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