Posts tagged web 2.0, Smarter way to discover sites

Don’t Search… Just Stumble!!! A new promising way to discover

Thanks to for bringing in lot of visitors to my blog site in the recent past; which made me write this post 🙂

StumbleUponIn recent weeks, I have been watching a steady increase in the number of referrers being sent from the site StumbleUpon. Moreover I got similar referral hits on my other site Initially I was under the assumption that StumbleUpon is some kind of SPAM site and sucking my bandwidth (Even I was thinking to ban the site IP :(). Lucky I didn’t do so since I really learned what StumbleUpon is…!! Hence I though to write about StumbleUpon, so that webmasters and other can be kept informed about the traffic 🙂 and usage as well!!

According to WikiPedia,

StumbleUpon is a commercial web discovery service which integrates peer and social networking principles with one-click blogging. StumbleUpon is a social book marking site that adhere Web 2.0 StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites

StumbleUpon uses the ratings from the users to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like-minded stumblers have liked. Unlike search engines or static directories, this allows for a true “democracy of the web” – all members have a say (or) as to whether a page should be passed on. These ratings connect you to more like-minded members who then show you better pages (a kind of social networking)

StumbleUpon is a Canadian start-up that recently re-located to San Francisco. It was started by Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith, and Justin LaFrance, who bootstrapped the company for much of its early life. You must the read the Interview with Justin LaFrance of StumbleUpon.

Just don’t wait try out the StumbleUpon tool bar which is compatible with both IE and Firefox. Membership is free, and the database is accessed through a no-spyware tool-bar you add to your Firefox or IE browser. You take 2 minutes to join the free network, and then you tell it what your personal interests and start Stumbling!!!

Happy Stumbling!!!

YouOS, a new kind of computing platform

YouOS is a kind of web-based operating system. Web-based OS is still at the idea level and YouOs is still in its Alpha stage.

I came across this site recently. YouOS is an experiment in a new kind of computing platform. YouOS allows you to run a virtual computer through a web browser. YouOS keeps your data saved and when you log back in again the ‘computer’ is the same as you left it. It’s a platform for web application development that’s hosted online with an online IDE and online execution. All the apps in there run in JavaScript with AJAX. Developing YouOS apps are quite simple. With YouOS you can run small applications like sticky notes or clocks; Large applications like word processing, mp3 players, and instant messaging. Even better, it’s very easy to tweak an existing application or write your own. Read their manifesto here.

YouOS ScreenShot

Why use YouOS?

  • Persist: Do some work. Log out. Log in later from another computer. It’s like you never left.
  • Centralize: Manage all your web services, files, and accounts in one secure place.
  • Collaborate: Share files and apps through a simple, intuitive buddy list.
  • Customize: Install apps written by friends or write your own.

The above snippets were provided in their manifesto.

Don’t miss to Try a demo

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