fichey – browse popular sites through a flash interface

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Billy Chasen has launched fichey, a flash based site that allows you to browse through websites which are currently popular.

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fichey – browse sites which are currently popular

fichey shows sites from a specified date that were popular on Del.icio.us, Digg, Downfly, Reddit and StumbleUpon.

Billy writes:

Fichey saves pages from some of the top websites and shows them to you in a static “microfiche”-like format.

Therefore, your computer doesn’t spend time rendering a page, requesting lots of separate images, running javascript, etc etc. You just get to see the content and move on (since most of the pages we see, we’re not interested in.).

Pretty neat stuff to waste some time.

Also check out downfly, Chasen’s other site. downfly lets you easily send links to friends and see what are the most popular sites amongst your friends. You can also see which of your friends clicked the link you sent, as well as how much the link gets sent around. Additionally, you have the option to join a discussion about the link.

Link via TechCrunch

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eBay pays $75 million for StumbleUpon

Related: , , , , Posted in random posts on May 31, 2007 - comment 1 comment
StumbleUpon and eBay

Auction site eBay is paying $75 million to buy social web discovery service StumbleUpon.

eBay senior director Michael Buhr said:

StumbleUpon is a great fit within our goal of pioneering new communities based on commerce and sustained by trust. StumbleUpon’s downloadable toolbar provides an engaging and unique experience to its users, but it is the similarities in our approaches to the concept of community that make it such a compelling addition to eBay.

But… why? The only reason I can think of is that eBay sees opportunities to put auction links in StumbleUpon results or incorporate eBay links in the StumbleUpon toolbar. And I don’t think the SU community would appreciate that.

Geoff & Justin from SU in a blog post:

We also want you to know that not much will change around here. We’ll be running StumbleUpon separately within eBay Inc., and we’ll still be focused on developing features based on your feedback.

That’s comforting!

Link via Business Wire

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