Whether it be for politics, business, fans, or personal nowadays, sharing information isn’t difficult. In fact, what used to be a complicated process, through technology and the increasing consumption of social media, creating your own website is now as easy as creating a new social media account.
There are many sites that allow the user to easily create their own web page, big names such as WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace are well-known for their website building, well, websites. However, over the pandemic, a new web builder called Carrd seemed to be a popular way to share information.
Carrd, created by AJ in 2016, is “a free platform for building simple, fully responsive one-page sites for pretty much anything.”, in AJ’s own words on Twitter. After its initial launch debut on Twitter, Carrd saw a sudden growth over 2020, near the time of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
With a tweet from Kim Kardashian, many people on various social media apps, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, etc., started creating and sharing information through carrds. From a widespread, global aspect to LGBTQ+ to even protest tips, carrds have been a resource for many on social media to understand a gist of what has been happening and for donation and help information, such as the case for the Philippines.
With the popularity of the BLM movement, many have used this opportunity to use carrds to spread awareness of their own country’s prejudice and have called for the internet for exposure and help. Some examples are the Yemen crisis, AAPI hate, and the Peru protests. With that being said, many users do not recommend the use of carrds as one’s only source of information as carrds can be created by anyone and have misleading or inaccurate news.
With the increase in the use of these simple, free websites, would more single-page websites like these start to pop up? How do you think the sharing of information will change from here on out?