In reference to this post and the changed way in which we use hyperlinks today as compared to the 1990s, a colleague of mine pointed out that there is in fact a website where it’s possible to engage in the kind of free-wheeling jumping from place to place characteristic of the early web. That website is Wikipedia. Getting lost amidst the pages, with no idea how how you ended up wheere you are, is quite common for some people.
I suspect it may not be a coincidence that, of all the large websites still around today, Wikipedia is alsoone of the few that is still 100% funded by donations, not by advertising revenue. They have no incentive to try and get rated highly in Google. It’s intriguing that Wikipedia pages often show up very highly in Google search results regardless.