Friday, April 10, 2009

Ambiently - Find Related Websites With One Click

Do you remember the old days of doing academic research? You know, back when to find content related to what you were reading you looked in the book's bibliography. Ambiently takes that concept and applies it to web research.

Ambiently is a browser bookmarklet that allows you to quickly find websites related to the one you're currently viewing. For example, if I'm viewing a website about fly fishing in Maine I can click the Ambient Page bookmarklet and I will be shown a list of websites that are also about fly fishing in Maine. Installing Ambiently is a simple matter of dragging and dropping the Ambient Page bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar.

Applications for Education
Ambiently could be a very useful web research tool. Instead of jumping back and forth from a search results page, students can just click the Ambient button and have related content right in front of them.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
GooglePedia - View Google Search Results and Wikipedia Side by Side
Teaching Internet Search Strategies
Cloudlet - Refine Google, Yahoo, and Twitter Searches