“I believe the day has come and gone for the way people will search the Internet. All signs indicate that today’s search is broken. Google has become the 400 lb. gorilla and if you’ve read anything about Google Panda you know it’s latest algorithm has not improved search Internet wide. Spammers have taken control of most all search engines including the beloved Google and you can no longer rely on top notch results.”
~ Curtis D. Tucker
Search has changed. You no longer can rely on safe, relevant listings in the search engines. Even if you could you still have to filter through the ads listed above the fold, the local websites you may not be interested in and websites that are thrown at you just because they are in your search history. I find it harder every day just to come up with a single decent search result. And that single search result will now change depending on whether I’m logged into my Google account, which browser I’m on and what my search history has hidden in it.
For arguments sake let’s say search results were reliable, that still does not mean you would ever discover websites that shine and bring so much value to web surfers. I believe a new day is dawning much like in the brick-and-mortar business where niche websites will begin to eat away at the power of the search engines. Just as niche stores called “category killers” have eaten into the Wal Mart dynasty, I believe top notch web directories can also become “category killers” to Google.
The stated goal of Dweeky.com is to bring to light the best 2,000 websites on the Internet. My Dweektory will be based on 100 very popular categories with the 20 most helpful, most unique or most interesting websites under each category. Once the Dweektory is complete you will have a 100% reliable source for 2,000 destinations worth visiting on the Internet. You can bookmark it and refer to it anytime you need a trusted source.
The web properties will not only be listed but will also be reviewed, surfed and tested. All findings, results and thoughts will be posted on Dweeky.com. I believe I can bring web Geeks and everyday surfers better websites than any rocket science developed algorithm. The destinations listed will not make the Dweektory by payment, SEO, links or black hat magic. Only the coolest websites that have been reviewed will make it into the mix.
Dweeky.com and other “category killer” directories are not out to replace search engines. Search engines will always be needed for finding forum answers to questions that half a dozen searchers are looking for. They’ll be needed to answer trivia questions, find soft porn images, divulge daily horoscopes, regurgitate the latest trash on celebrities and showcase on video what cats do while they sleep. Dweeky.com will leave it up to the search engines to fill those voids.
Unfortunately not all websites will be listed in the Dweektory. I’m looking for websites that have the “it” factor or are ultra cool. I’m looking for websites that are helping thousands of people a day. I want to list websites that are awesome start ups that you might not find for months if ever. I want to find the websites that will knock your socks off! Think of the Dweektory as a personal library filled with only the best books that you’d really want to read.
The categories and site choices on Dweeky.com will change from time to time but you can rely on the fact that each worthy website that gets listed will be worth a look. As websites evolve, change, close and are sold to new owners we may need to remove them from the Dweektory. The total 2,000 websites will not happen over night and that will be half the fun of keeping up with this blogging adventure.
Please check back as often as you can and see what awesome treasures I’ve run across and added to the Dweektory. I promise to do my best to bring all Dweebs and Geeks the best website, blogs and directories possible. This manifesto will grow as well so check back to read my thoughts on the state of search and the Internet.