Help, the Internet has been discorded

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Luke CorreiaCanadian actor and broadcaster, published a tweet a few months ago in which coined a new term to refer to the Internet of this era, “discordization”. Gaming Ideologya website specializing in video games, already used this term a month beforebut with a very different approach and limited to QQ, a Chinese messaging application.

Correia referred to the “discordization” of the Internet as the phenomenon caused by the transition of informationfrom open and indexed websites that made it easy to locate the content to semi-open or closed platforms in which the content is obscured and it becomes much more difficult to reach them. From oceans to walled gardens.

´Once upon a time finding information was a quick process

Discord has taken the metonymy of a pejorative term, but it is not to blame for this phenomenon. Simply becoming important has tolls to pay like this, and Discord example is perfect: Communities that share often interesting messages and conversations, which would be useful to many people beyond those who are also on that server, but where it is almost impossible to reach those who are outside. On a website, they would be accessible through any search engine, and the hyperlinks would help its dissemination and localization. The same applies to other environments such as Twitter accounts with the lock on or Telegram groups.

At a lower level, which is still accessible but where the information is limited and has its presence in search engines very close, there are environments like Reddit, or Forocoches. No editor of any major media would publish their doubts about personal or embarrassing issues such as what to do in a delicate financial situation or how to deal with an incipient hemorrhage, but in anonymous environments such as Reddit or Forocoches, yes.

The End of the Internet "all free"

that’s where it comes from another trend that increases over the years: adding taglines like that, ‘reddit’ or ‘forocoches’ (which also has private threads) to what we search on Google. Something that basically is nothing more than a way of sifting results from sources that we do not trust in order to go directly to those that we do. The internet has gotten a bit hostile.

Closed environments and platforms that are not indexed in search engines are increasing their relevance

In other words, we are tired of seeing SEO piranhas trying to sneak in clone, expendable, interchangeable information to monetize ourselves with ads or affiliate links, and so we go where we assume there is a certain purity. Or where we trust in advance the people behind those projects.

Another disadvantage is, in the event that we manage to locate something relevant that is hidden on a Discord server, not to leave the example, having to take tedious steps to access that information. Of course there are worse things in this life, but for someone without a Discord account who doesn’t even know what it is, having to download it, register and understand its basic operation until reaching the content that interests them is a little ordeal. And luckily your search engine is very good.

And the case of the videos is simply exasperating. Not all tutorials have to be in video format. Diagonal reading, allied in saving knowledge that we only want to solve a problem, becomes impossible. And there we are on YouTube, jumping to locate the ten-second snippet that interests us and cursing the day YouTube discouraged videos shorter than ten minutes.

Substack, who is getting the face of Medium, is following a similar path. His last decision was launch an application so that readers can centralize the reading of their subscriptions there, even giving up the arrival of mail. And thus reinforce its position as an intermediary and control the experience. More walls.

One remembers when many of the forums that have already died or that lie dormant offered indexed, searchable, accessible FAQs and threads. The same as websites in web format, which did not take the mollar to fenced gardens. We can only shake off the dust of nostalgia, assume that times change and stop telling us gray hair. It’s the market, man.

Luke CorreiaCanadian actor and broadcaster, published a tweet a few months ago in which coined a new term to refer…

Luke CorreiaCanadian actor and broadcaster, published a tweet a few months ago in which coined a new term to refer…

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