Suggestion maps – Gnod and TuneGlue

Here are some really slick tools to introduce you to new entertainment, based on what you already like:

Gnod designs “self-adapting systems” to suggest music, books, and movies:

And TuneGlue does a similar trick for Music, but also links to album info. It was a little bit creepy how closely this matched my music collection, so I’ll definitely be taking them up on some suggestions.

If you know about other sites like this, please comment! I love this stuff. And does anyone know if there’s a collective name for this technology?

del.icio.us/url

Del.icio.us is without a doubt my favorite place to put my bookmarks, but it’s also a pretty slick search engine, since its entire database consists of sites that other people (real living breathing non-robot people!) have found useful enough to save for later.

But did you know that you can also use del.icio.us to find out how the users of a site describe that site?

Go to del.icio.us/url and enter a URL to see all of the tags and descriptions that real users have assigned to that site. Here’s an example for the silly/funny/weird blog Oddee.

To me, this is so much more meaningful than reading a site’s own “about us” page. And, if you have your own blog or website, it’s a quick & easy way to get usage statistics from users who really do USE your site.

Check it out: del.icio.us/url