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Are You Thoofing Me?

Posted by Non-Hamster on August 20th, 2007

[this post is about a website that has since gone the way of the dinosaur.  Probably because it was run by idiots]

Have you heard about  At first glance you might think it's just another "social bookmarking" site like nearly every blogger is using, but then when you look at it closer you find that it's more of a personalized news service.

You see, when you submit something to, after you give the url, title, description and lets not forget the tags... they give you some html code to put in the page that you submitted. This is the "ThoofRank badge".  The higher the number it shows the more interest people have in what you submitted.  This is measured both by page views of the article with the ThoofRank badge in it, but also by the number of people who click on your posts' link on  It starts out at a lowly 1%, but climbs quickly as people start clicking on it.  I am not a hamster, I know that it's more involved than that, but this is essentially the basics of it.

The personalized news part of it comes in when you log in to  Thoof keeps track of what you click on and adjusts what it defaults to showing you to match the kind of things you've shown an interest in by clicking on it.  What if you decide you don't like something once you click on it?  Well, after you click on something a "not interesting" link appears and you can use that to tell thoof not to take that into account when looking for stuff it thinks you might like.

->>> Forget Thoof.  Thoof is gone. <<<-

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