Tuesday, September 8, 2009
As the creator tells it in his about page, yourworldoftext.com "is an infinite grid of text editable by any visitor. " It's more than just multiplayer notepad. It starts as a field of white spaces, and you can start adding text to any spot you wish. And you see everyone's changes in real time.
So how is this cool? Well, it's basically turned into a big graffiti'd bathroom wall. It's totally anonymous, there's no restrictions on what you can say, and you can write over anything written by anyone else. Of course it's better than a bathroom wall, since it's infinite and real time. So you'll see some people having conversations with each other, and other people making ASCII art or redrawing others' ASCII art. It becomes its own little ecosystem.
Truth be told, a lot if it is pretty lowest-common-denominator. But if you find graffiti interesting anthropologically, it can be fascinating to peruse. Also, since there are many different "worlds" depending on what you put after "www.yourworldoftext.com/" in the url you can find more interesting areas. This is one of the better ones I've found.
Posted at 10:14 AM