Youlicit says that its underlying premise is that of reducing information overload by using collaborative filtering. Anything that can recude overload, to whatever extent, gets a thumbs up in my book.
- Remembering your interest areas and recommending similar sites/posts.
- Adding sites you recommend via Firefox addins.
- Adding sites via links on the Youlicit site itself.
- Finding sites similar to those you have bookmarked via the Youlicit site and directly from Firefox.
- Adding contacts who have similar browsing interests
- Importing of del.icio.us bookmarks and digg favorites
- RSS feeds for several aspects of Youlicit’s service, including your recommendations or another user’s recommendations.
- Configurable feed lists for your blog.
- An AIM subprofile
- Emailing friends with links
Youlicit learns from the sites you recommend; those you or others have added. You can also import del.icio.us bookmarks and digg favorites - which gives the process a head start by providing it with sites you already like. Based on your preferences it suggests other sites that you may find of interest. On the Youlicit site you can browse these sites via lists, specific urls or tags. For example, enter a blog URL or a specific tag and you will be presented with similar content. Next to each site in a list is a button allowing you to narrow down your search further by finding sites similar to individual entries.
Adding sites to Youlicit:
Using a choice of a variety of Firefox browser add-ons and Google toolbar addins you can recommend the site you are on - this very quickly works in the background with no diverting to their site, no pop-up forms to fill in, and no tagging or description needed.
The add ins available are in the form of a Firefox toolbar or individual toolbar buttons (the latter being my preference - I have too many Firefox toolbars as it is) There is also a Google search add-on, which lets you get related Youlicit results for any Google search you do.
The 'stumble' type features 'Youlicit next' and 'Youlicit more' take you to another site similar to the one you are looking or to a list of similar sites bookmarked on Youlicit respectively. The beauty of this is that the sites are relevant to your own preferences rather than random sites on any topic.
Add sites from the Youlicit site itself by clicking on a button next to each link.
This feature is accessed via your profile page where you will find a 'Related User' list. Viewing their profile allows you to see their related users and their tags and so on.
How is the Youlicit search engine different to others?
To quote Youlicit - "While the other search engines return sites based on algorithms that determine the popularity of a site with other sites (how many web pages link back to the web site among other things), our unique algorithm processes the sites that people are finding important and interesting and providing you with just those results."
I would recommend you check the site out. Registration is not necessary so you can just browse for content and recommend sites if you wish. Registration does brings you all the Youlicit features and your own profile page though.