Finally, Warren took us to a Sony Web site that where we could view a commercial for Sony's new Bravia line of flat-panel TVs. This was significant only because it involved the steep hills of San Francisco and 250,000 brilliantly-colored Superballs. Unfortunately, the experience was marred by slow-loading video.
Roger then took over the computer and showed us a number of different Web sites that can help organize and direct our Web browsing. All of them involve the sharing of information about what's new and hot (or just weird and humorous) on the Web among participants of these sites. The most important of these was the del.icio.us social bookmarking service. This site allows you to collect your Web page bookmarks or favorites and share them with others. It also allows you to, for example, sort through everybody else's bookmarks for those related to, say, Atari. Roger also showed us Reddit, a site that lists new and popular pages on the Web. It will also keep track of what pages you go to from Reddit and start recommending pages that are similar to what you read in the past.
Other sites Roger showed us were Digg, a website where viewers recommend Web content to other viewers (Web pages that are most popular go to the top of the list) and the meta-site Popurls which shows the top-ranked content on Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, photo-sharing site Flickr, video-sharing site YouTube, Google and Yahoo News, Slashdot, Fark; the list goes on and on.
Next we visited the above-mentioned Fark.com, where readers post links to weird and humorous news stories and others comment on them. Fark is also infamous for 'Photoshopping' contests where readers mess with digital photos in weird and humorous ways. Did I mention that Fark.com is weird and humorous?
Finally, Roger took us over to look at the ABCink Web site. This was in response to Warren complaining about problems with his printer while printing the ABACUS newsletter.
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