The word solicit is defined as a verb to seek something, like “He solicited aid from the minister.” Now you’re probably wondering what that has to do with anything, so let me explain. The first time I came across the website Youlicit, I automatically thought of the word solicit because they’re so close in sound. As it turns out, they’re also close in meaning. Youlicit is a fairly new search engine/ social network whose purpose is to connect you with the information that you’re looking for. Essentially they’re soliciting sites that will likely interest you. .
Given that the goal of Youlicit is to connect people with the information that they are looking for by providing them with the links to useful sites, they try to make it as easy as possible to use. If you want to try the service, they offer a few different options. One is to simply go to www.youlicit.com and enter in a URL or tag. Another is to get the Firefox Extension, Bookmarklet, or the Google Toolbar that they offer. The Google Toolbar with the Youlicit button is helpful because if you do a Google search for something, you’ll get Youlicit results for it as well.
When I went to their site to give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised. After entering in the URL http://tech.cybernetnews.com, I received recommendations that included Lifehacker, Engadget, and Google Operating System blog. It chose our related key words as “news, technology, blog, tech, tips, daily, Firefox, Internet, and software,” all words which associate perfectly with CyberNet. Remember, you can enter in a URL or tags like software or music. They determine how popular a site is before they send it to you as a recommended site, so the results are usually pretty relevant.
If you’ve ever wanted to find sites that are similar to a particular site that you already know you like, Youlicit might be the perfect tool! In some ways it reminds me of StubmleUpon because you can come across some great sites, but it’s more specific to your wants and needs. Give it a try and let us know what you think!