The now page "movement" was initiated by Derek Sivers in a sense to fill the gap between the common "About Page" and regular status updates on services like Twitter and Facebook.
It’s useful for the same reason an “about” page is useful on your site: because people on your site want to know more about you. Besides answering the common question, “What are you up to these days?”, those who have a now page say it’s a good reminder of their priorities. By publicly showing what you are focused on now, it helps you say no to other requests.
Max Dietrich added a now page on 2021-02-28.
These "now" examples are more like "recently" pages with information updated within the past month or so:
- Colin Walker added a now page on 2017-05-10
- Kimberly Hirsh has a now page.
Out of date examples
These "now" examples haven’t been updated for years:
Wikipedia’s home page essentially serves as their "now" page with a few features:
- "today's featured article"
- on this day
nownownow is a collection of sites with a /now page.
Those who register their now page on the Now site and who have a Twitter account will receive @mentions on Twitter every few months in part as an advertisement for the service, but also as a reminder to the user to update their Now page.
One node of resistance pushing against my keeping a Now page is the felt emphasis on immediacy. Perhaps it’s more perception than reality, but Now feels different than Recently or Lately, which trace a bit longer arc of activity. I want to meld mindfulness & deliberation. --William Schuth on 2018-09-27
"now" pages feel like something a lot of people set up but never update
- Jacky Alciné is considering tying integrations from his home automation setup to toggle a "Do Not Disturb" mode on his site. Things like an active watch post can be used to alert the site to a "Jacky's busy right now, please don't disturb" state.
- Dev tip: when displaying events that are happening "now", use the oldest possible value of "now", in UTC-12. If this is only for events you personally are attending, then use your own current timezone to determine "now".