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Creating a Buzz around the Swarm

I downloaded a Firefox extension to run this application, called Swarm. It seems like an interesting concept and also offers a great opportunity to procrastinate.

Swarm shows you what websites people are visiting, right now, whilst you are reading this, typing your email or commenting on gregoogle.

It is a graphical map of hundreds of websites, all connecting to each other and updates itself every second with where people are going and coming from. As sites become more popular, they move towards the centre of the swarm and grow larger. Conversely, sites that lose traffic move away from the centre and grow smaller.
It is a useful tool for browsing the web, not searching it. You need to come here with an open mind and you may find some really cool stuff. Swarm allows you to chat about any link you see. When you see a little chat icon flash, it means people are actively chatting about that link. You do not have to wait for the icon to appear, you can begin talking about any link you find.

Swarm gets its data from a Firefox extension that you can optionally download. When you download the extension, websites you visit are anonymously sent to

And if you are concerned that your daily porn or dating site it being followed then you can just add those websites to a list which do not get sent to Swarm.


  1. Blogger Alex Maughan | Sunday, June 04, 2006 1:25:00 pm |  

    Where did that definition come from? The phonetic transcription for the 'gre' prefix is a bit dodge.

  2. Blogger Gregor | Sunday, June 04, 2006 3:21:00 pm |  

    English Oxford Concise Dictionary, damn those publishers, can't trust them with the simplest of things. Please send me the correct phonetic transcription Alex, shot :)