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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

1st class internet travel

And I don't mean booking real travel. I mean surfing the web in style.

Using Google is all well and good when you're searching for something relatively specific. If you're looking for something very specific, you run into problems. (There's a fortune to be made if you can solve them.) And if you're truly interested in browsing the quirkier corners of the web (as opposed to the ad-drenched dreck which frequents Google's top 20 hits in just about every search), you need something different. You need StumbleUpon.

Don't trip me!

I've already plugged this product, but I'm enjoying it so much that I'm plugging it again.

Official description of the product:

What is StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click [the Stumble! icon], we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 2,061,111 other websurfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend.

How Does it Work?
StumbleUpon uses [up/down] ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like-minded stumblers have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn't find using a search engine.
You can take a look at my SU profile if you want to get an idea of the kind of stuff you'll stumble upon (get it?). Give it a shot, and let me know what you think in comments. I'd love to build a network of fellow stumblers...

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