Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gnod + This One Next

One of the cool things about Amazon is its recommendations system.  It
has been useful in suggesting books to read and CDs to listen to.  But
lately it has become a bit too predictable for me, with the top places
always taken up by the same authors, subjects and artists.

I've had a look and found a couple of alternative recommendations
sites ...

1. Gnod (The global network of dreams)

According to the site:
"Its a self-adapting system, living on this server and 'talking' to
 everyone who comes along. Gnods intention is to learn about the outer
 world and to learn 'understanding' its visitors. This enables gnod to
 share all its wisdom with you in an intuitive and efficient way. You
 might call it a search-engine to find things you don't know about."

There are four sub-sites:
* Gnod Music   <>
* Gnod Books   <>
* Gnod Movies  <>
* Flork        <>

2. This One Next

The blurb:
"Enter a book, CD or DVD that you enjoyed and the site will analyse our
 database of real users' preferences to suggest other books, CDs or DVDs
 that you might like.  It's a bit like browsing the shelves of thousands
 of friends at once!"
"(You can register on the results page and build your own lists)"