Archive for March, 2009

Sea (or River) of Information

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

If you are like me, you remember the whine of dial-up internet when it was quicker to just go talk to your boss than it was to send him an email. Yes, the early days of the “World Wide Web.” Before we even knew about Google and when we did we had no idea that it would be an important or even vital part of our day when looking for information on line.

I actually “googled” the question “How many websites are launched each day?” politely read on the link listed, “No answer!”

But as I read down I did find something from the BBC that was listed:

August 1995 – 18,957 – I can believe that.
December 2001 – 36,276,252 – I can believe that (and it was a long time ago)

Then there is all this geek speak about indexing, pages vs. real websites, blah, blah, blah… my point is to look at the growth of the information available to us in just a few short years and it is going through the roof everyday.

How do you find what you are looking for, especially when you aren’t quite sure exactly what it is that you are looking for?

I mentioned previously in a post about recipes, you have a snowy day on your hands, you have a little time to unwind and cook up something fun, only you don’t know exactly what it may be? Also I did another post about Movies, how do you know you will like the one you choose, or if it is appropriate to take your kids to?

Too many sites, too many choices. Not enough time and you want your choice to be a good one.

The same goes for books. We all know that Amazon is not only a 4,000 mile river across Brazil, but it is also a behemoth of a website that sells just about everything you can imagine including books.

How do you find just the right book?

I have the answer. This gem of a website called Flashlight Worthy self proclaimed as “Handpicked Book Recommendations on Hundreds of Topics” they really are especially good if you are in search of something special for a relative or a friend and you aren’t exactly sure which book to buy!

FLW asks for real recommendations from real people. They ask for people to share their book lists. They are 2 people trying to help people find the right book and I think it works. They have passion.

They also get a referral fee from Amazon for every time you use their site and end up on Amazon’s. (So Amazon sees FLW’s value.) AND you are being good to real people at the same time! (And no, I am not getting paid for this recommendation, nor am I for any!)

Consider this, the next time you think about going to the “Big Daddy” of websites, try out Flashlight Worthy, first – you won’t be sorry!