I want to drive a phenomenal amount of traffic to my site, but I don’t want to go through the bother of writing something funny or clever or thought provoking. So maybe I’ll try my hand at spawning a blogmeme instead.
These are my URL ABCs:
- A is for angel.net/~nic/slate.cgi – I love Slate. I hate ads. Nic Wolff’s filter = Slate – ads.
- B is for blogdex.net – I expect to see this post in the #3 slot tomorrow. Do your part.
- C is for catalog.kcls.org – The library rules.
- D is for defectiveyeti.com – Also rules: narcissism.
- E is for electrolicious.com – I met her! She’s nice!
- [The first rule prevents me from mentioning this site.]
- G is for google.com – Duh.
- H is for homestarrunner.com – “Homestarrunner dot net: it’s dot COM!”
- I is for ifilm.com/WMPPlaylist.asx?ifilmId=2667017&bandwidth=300 – Hahaha! I’d forgotten about this.
- J is for jayseae.cxliv.org/moderate – Re: this post
- L is for luger.se/uploads/imgArchive/hives%202004%2004.jpg – Is this the band “The Hives?” I have no idea.
- M is for mightygirl.net – Sorry Metafilter, you came in second. Internet crush > Internet addicition.
- N is for nicklewis.smartcampaigns.com/node/367 – Has CNN resorted to comment spam?
- O is for oliverwillis.com – The site that inspired the URL ABCs. I haven’t been to O.W.’s in ages, and when I typed ‘o’ into by location bar today I was surprised to see it as the first suggestion. That got me wondering about the rest of the alphabet.
- P is for pair.com – dy’s host.
- Q is for qwantz.com/fanart/11.gif – What I’ve learned: autosuggest provides the screwiest links for infrequently used letters.
- R is for rpg.net – I don’t play any RPGs, but I like reading about them. I don’t know if that increases or decreases my nerd quotient.
- S is for spamusement.com – I would renew my passport in a heartbeat if this place actually existed.
- T is for themorningnews.org – A++++ WOULD READ AGAIN!!!!
- U is for upn.com/shows/top_model/index.shtml – Holy shit, what an embarassment.
- V is for verba.chromogenic.net/archives/2005/01/cameramail.html – Wish I’d thought of this.
- W is for washingtonmonthly.com – Possibly my favorite political blog. Pretty much the only one I read these days, at any rate.
- X is for xenodochy.org/ex/thirteen.html – Research for my 12 /13 Man Illusion post.
- Y is for yousendit.com/blocked.aspx – Goddamnit, I wanted that file. Reseed, plz! Reeseeeed!
- Z is for zoggles.co.uk/asp/pixels.asp?section=30 – Buh? When did I go here?
How to find your URL ABCs: Type the letter ‘a’ into your location bar, copy the first URL that your browser autosuggests as a completion, and paste it into the corresponding field below. Repeat for letters ‘b’ through ‘z’. You may add a comments as well, but they are not required. You can skip a letter if you’d like, or you can supply a comment for a letter even if you omit its URLs (to explain that nothing came up for that particular letter, for instance). When you are done, click ‘Format My URL ABCs’ and this script will return the HTML code you can paste in the comments of the URL ABCs post , use on your own site, or print it out and enclose it with your next Kelly Osbourne fan letter. Whatever.
Note: This may only be an interesting exercise with Firefox or Mozilla, both of which offer autosuggestions in descending order of last accessed (the sorting algorithm may also take the frequency of access into account as well). I don’t know what IE does. If it just cough up URLS in alphabetic order — and, after a little experimentation with my rarely used copy of IE, I think this might be the case — then picking the first one off the top doesn’t really reveal much about you.
Update: I just realized that my spam filter — which automatically blocks comments that contain > 20 hyperlinks — has been preventing people from posting their ABCs in the comments. Sorry about that — the filter has been temporarily disabled.