Connections by alles-schlumpf
When I see something interesting on the internet I post a link to it on the sidebar here on my blog 1 . Most days I post two or three links for delight of my readers who have all - so far as I can tell - entirely failed to notice.
The good news is I can do this in just a couple of clicks using delicious, which is a cool tool: for one thing: when you make a link you can see who else has bookmarked the same page, and then click through to see what else they have marked and if they are interesting you can add them to your 'network'.
So, wouldn't it be interesting, I idly thought one day, if there was a tool to search all of delicious and find users with similar bookmarks? A cyberfriend-finder, no less.
Well, if you have an idea nowadays you can bet your IP-Address that someone else has had it first first and sure enough, after three minutes googling, I find myself on this website, which turns out to belong to one andreas.s - who is (drum-roll) one of only four people already in my delicious network.
So, now you are asking: OK, then, Alibert, go on (sigh) so which delicious user does share the largest number of wierd, random bookmarks with you, then? And where can I find his blog? Perhaps he's writing about something more interesting today.
Well, using this cool tool I found someone: he has bookmarked 604 sites - I have 900 - and between us we have (drumroll, drumroll) no fewer than 12 bookmarks in common.
He is Matthew Paul Hansen - and he doesn't list any contact details but if he uses google alerts on his own name (and doesn't everyone) then I imagine he'll be along shortly.
1 Over there, on the right, "Seen Elsewhere", see it?