Banning sites from your browsing experience

I use the internet for searching for things. That’s an understatement. I also use it for a variety of other things like hosting my web presence, or sending/receiving email for even voip. Well, I should probably say, I use the web for searching for things.

Searches (google) get you to a point where you can (hopefully) narrow down your choices to the information you’re trying to get to. Some sites are heavily spammed using ads (google again), some sites give you pointers or more keywords that you can search on. It’s worked for me for a while.

What gets me is the cyber-squatters who try to lure people into trying them to buy into a domain that’s meaninful to you. But even more than that, it’s the sites that actually pretend to be one thing and give you something else.

What I think is a good idea for an opensource project is to have a way to ban sites from your browsing experience, such that, whenever you click on a link, it prompts you about the site being “knowledge agnostic” or “irrelevant to your search” or something. The key concept here is “your browsing experience”, personalized to you. Obviously there’s huge potential for abuse and spamming, but I would hope it prevails over the drive for unscrupulous commercial gain. That’s a judgement call, but hey, wikipedia prevails ( so does google by the way).

Obviously it would require some kind of a plugin in your browser (or bookmarklets etc) and a set of servers that the plug-in would reference for a site. There are similarities to the adult-rating or pro-family checking sites but this would be more general. It would cater to your preferences, somewhat like del.icio.us , based on tags you prefer, tags you don’t prefer and on top of that an editorized heirarchy of tags.

hmm..
another bou.dal.icio.us

If you think about it, it’s the anti-thesis of del.icio.us where you bookmark sites you want. This one would let you bookmark sites that you would not want, with just a click, and you could put tags so others can benefit besides you.

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sea of stories

An arts / media project.
Gather random data from the web, possibly a web search with a common word.
If it’s images, select random images.
It it’s videos, select random videos.
Select random paragraphs from web pages.
Create a story.
Make it interactive, sort of like a queue of paragraphs, a queue of photographs and a queue of videos.
Make it so, one can pick and choose segments from the queue, and add to a flowing story line. The segments are not to be editable. They can only be moved around or shortened.
An input box for text that goes into a different queue, a queue for search words. These words are used to further search.
Later, feeds can be added such that it’s not just the web that the data is coming from. Possibly tap into radio feeds and recognize certain words using voice recognition.
This could be looked at as sort of an expansion of webcollage by jwz, and the idea of intertwingularity.
I’m not much of a UI person. Someone better than me would have to come up with the UI design. The programming behind it should be fairly trivial.

Update: Entry title changed to sea of stories, using a suggestion from a user at halfbakery. It was formerly called everything’s connected media project.