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March 4, 2012 5:07 PM Subscribe
Help me discover new, interesting things to learn about on the internet.
posted by Andrhia to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a writer. My livelihood relies, in part, on being able to fill my brain up with interesting stuff. But I feel like I'm running dry on new, interesting stuff for my brain to munch on, and worse, it feels really hard to find that kind of information nowadays. We live in the era of search, but I don't know what I'm looking for until I've found it...
Sites like the blue and BoingBoing are kind of OK for finding some stuff that everyone else also knows, and I get links from my friends on Twitter, etc., but increasingly the kinds of content I'm looking for are being crowded out by cat videos, current events, photo memes, or any of three or four topics I feel I know enough about not to need to obsessively read everything about them anymore. It isn't enough for my hungry, hungry brain.
I used to enjoy leafing through a paper encyclopedia, but random article search on Wikipedia doesn't really do it.
Lately, I've been missing the old Yahoo! web directory. It provided an expansive experience -- rather than filtering me toward ever-more-similar content, I could find things you were interested in and then identify categories that were tangentially related, but that I might not've known about before. Alas...
Which all brings me to my actual question: What methods, techniques or tools exist to help me discover new topics of interest to learn about on the internet?
Please note that I am not looking for specific topics to be interested in; I'm looking for methods of discovering them myself. Thanks so much!