Similicio.us is a brand new relevance search engine which finds new sites that compliment the ones you currently enjoy, so it works like a blog recommendation engine. It’s basically a mashup combining the relevancy search application EasyUtil with the vast resources of Del.icio.us. As blogger Thomas Hawk explains, “EasyUtil is a search application that tries to improve search results by looking at what other internet users found revelent and then ranking sites accordingly”.
Now try searching for your own blog. In order of relevance, I’ve found that people who liked theory.isthereason also liked: slackermanager.com, performancing.com, micropersuasion.com, wordpress.org, pchere.blogspot.com, paulstamatiou.com, lifehacker.com, makezine.com, alvit.de, problogger.net, nozell.com, engadget.com, flickr.com, tamba2.org.uk, binarybonsai.com, diggdot.us, and huddletogether.com. I’ll be sure to check out the less familiar blogs after this.
Depending on how established your blog is (or how long its been around), you’ll get a sizable list of blogs which other del.icio.us users have tagged alongside with yours. With little effort, this gives you a good picture of what kind of readers you have and where your blog is more aligned to in the public eye (e.g. tech, culture, food).
The filtered web is a BIG THING in 2006. Just look at the surge of memetrackers (memeorandum, Tailrank, Topix), recommendation engines (Amazon, movielens) and relevancy search sites (Similicio.us, Technorati Blog Finder). If you notice, we started from browsing web sites (active seeking) to rss subscriptions (no more seeking) to filtered aggregators (just think for me!).
BTW: If you’re don’t use RSS but want a simple page to see all the hot issues on the web, Popurls.com has all the memetrackers’ content in one place. Yes, it aggregates the aggregators in a pretty way.