[NetBehaviour] beta test webflaneur.net

jilt at debord.ortiche.net jilt at debord.ortiche.net
Sat Jul 8 09:40:49 CEST 2006

> hi netbehaviourists
> annie abrahams and I have been working on a new project called
> "webflaneur".
> it's a web work, a kind of "browser inside the browser" made to
> "wander" on the web:
> you enter an url, and the webflaneur goes there, then picks a random
> link and finally navigates out to another page, on and on until it
> doesn't find any more links to visit.
> it's a kind of tool which allows one to watch the web passively, kind
> of like you watch TV as you can zap from site to site, and do nothing
> more than it.

I think yours is a good idea
the idea of flenur is very important to investigate new netowrkin behaviours
also in particular kinds of behaviours growing up with new tecnology kind
of perception.
You've done very well!

> you can also wander randomly like you do in real life, following no
> precise path, just walking:
> it's meant to be a contemplative experience through which you discover
> the web differently.
> also, at any time you can generate a "mashup", which is a collection
> of random stuff, links, images, videos, sound, taken on the way, like
> a "diary" of your trip.

I think you are able to investigate in a more conceptual way what a flaneur
is.. in particular using a tool just like the one that you've been creating
and the Walter Benjamin definition of "flaneur" like "the one who's been
seeing things just like they really are".

> and, of course, we would be happy to hear your thoughts, feedback,
> comments about that, and to discuss of this work itself.

In my opinion a tool like the one that I see in your url sould use a
semantic search engine.
Some article that can explain you the concept:



To give you some example I think you could use an open source semantic
search engine just like "EMM news explorer"; if you want to find your
right kind of semantic search engine, just take a look to this url, that
explains you also about EMM:


For taking a look to my work with "flaneur" concept (I'm sorry but
writings are in italian):


good luck


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