Web/Participate

href.cool

Write your own ‘blog’ / ‘wiki’ / ‘hypertext’.

Noodle

Minimalist monochrome drawing tool by Devine Lu Linvega. I say ‘minimalist’ but you can create wondrous sketches with this thing. Quite deep actually. The tool was used to create Neauismea. (Oooooh and check this out - the Wayback Machine has a cached copy of DLL’s mono 3-d architecture thing Poodle!)

hundredrabbits.github.io

Beaker Browser

The ultimate peer-to-peer web browser. Create websites that you can share with others. Make your own copies of websites. It’s just crazy. (Find others in the user directory.)

beakerbrowser.com

Glitch

The full power of the Web. Not just a free blog or a free wiki. Make full JavaScript ‘apps’—in the sense of controlling both the browser and the server. While this has a learning curve, it is truly impressive and powerful. (See also: Scratch, which is showing its age, but is still absolutely incredible. A good example of an app is asc-paint.)

glitch.com

Twine

Build interactive stories visually. Truly one of the best ways to teach an elementary-age child to write computer programs.

twinery.org

Pinboard

The most minimal and still very sweet way to participate in The Web. The child of watershed linksite Delicious, same conceit: post your bookmarks publicly, add a little note, a few tags. It’s like having your own href.cool! $11/year, but the real deal is $25/year and it’ll archive all the pages you link to.

pinboard.in

Tilde.club

The tilde.club was a 2014 resurgence of tilde-style user directories. You used to get these free at your university or with your home Internet connection in the '90s.

tilde.club

special.fish

Yeah. Whatever this is. A bunch of fish, web fish I guess. Or pebbles maybe. THIS IS WHAT PARTICIPATING IS ALL ABOUT.

special.fish

Beepbox

Whip together short, multi-tracked chiptunes - and share them with a link.

www.beepbox.co

Kinopio

The very cutest ‘creative thinking and doing tool’—add notes to a page and connect them together with colorful pipes. (By @pketh.)

kinopio.club

Temp.pm

Send secure, temporary private messages. You can have them expire or protect them with a password. (See also link-lock for sending encrypted links.)

temp.pm

Death Generator

If you need to post something controversial or to subvert algorithms or bots for any reason, you can hide your text in these. (Hat tip, @foone.)

deathgenerator.com

Write.as

Dead simple free blogs. If you’re going to spend a little bit, consider micro.blog for its Indieweb support—which means people can comment from their own blogs. (Also: Listed.)

write.as

TiddlyWiki

No, let’s not forget the TiddlyWiki. This is a personal wiki that you can edit and save on your own computer. If you need to put your wiki online, you can use TiddlySpot. A more polished but less powerful service can be found in Notion or notepin.co.

tiddlywiki.com

Million Short

I confess—I hate search engines. They hide all this great stuff behind a skinny little slot. However, this is my personal favorite. Search the lowkey, unknown Web. (See also: Wiby and boardreader.)

millionshort.com