To: “Sean Conner” <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Creative Team of Experts position
Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 09:43:37 -0500
Our company is currently in the process of gaining acquisition, and as a result we must be a delay on available positions until the change is complete.
Thanks for your interest.
Ah well. I wish them luck on their gaining acquisition.
It's not even a new idea really. Since about 1994 nearly every webbrowser (and certainly all webbrowsers that I know of today) sends a refering link along with the webpage request. You click on the link above, and your browser, in addition to telling the server at www.disenchanted.com that it wants the page /dis/linkback.html it will tell it that it got the link from http://boston.conman.org/2002/5/8.1 (well, most likely from http://boston.conman.org/ until this entry scolls off the front page but that's beside the point) and I've come across sites that use such refering links to generate links back to the previous page.
But what Disenchanted is doing is taking these refering links and linking back to them on the page being linked to in real time (well, subject to certain conditions so it's near real time) and making the those visible on the linked to page. So now that I linked to http://www.disenchanted.com/dis/linkback.html there will be (as soon as two or more people visit that page through this page) a link on that page to this page.
What all these links back and forth will do is hard to say, especially to something like Google. One effect may be a smoothing out of Google bombing. No hard reasons for that; just a gut feeling. Another effect may be to change the shape of the web if enough sites start linking back (although this might take a few years as the technology catches on). There might be effects we can't even predict (who would have predicted the web would look like a bowtie when it first started?).
And while some may question what Disenchanted is doing, I think it's great; I'm approaching Xanadu from the tumblers aspect while Disenchanted is going about it from the two-way linking aspect (although Ted Nelson might not agree with our approaches). That still leaves the problem of transclusion to solve.