Fichey offers a new approach for the crowded web 2.0 community by giving access to the link catalog of popular social news and bookmarking websites such as Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon. This is just one feature of Fichey but the most important one.
A sweat little object is popping up in front of the page when you visit Fichey and you can use that to take a look at all the sites that were popular on those websites in the past.
Since Fichey is relatively new you can only access sites that were popular beginning with July the 6th of 2007.
Every site that was popular in the past is opened in the same browser tab which means that you browse one site at a time and can flip through them. It looks like Ajax was used to create the effect, looks pretty nice. Pretty good way to flip through many popular sites in a very short period of time.
This works similar to Stumbleupon but with the difference that it concentrates on popular sites and that you have better control over what is displayed on the screen.
Update: The Fichey website is no longer accessible. It is not clear if this is a temporary situation or if the project has been abandoned by its developers.
I'm not aware of any comparable service. An alternative that shows trending topics and what's popular right now is Popurls. The service displays popular stories on Digg, Reddit, Chime, YouTube, Flickr and a lot of other popular websites.
Content blocks and other parameters on the site can be customized on the site. Users can furthermore hoover over topics to get a one paragraph description of the linked article. It is also important to note that a click on the title links to the media directly (which can be an image, video, text or other media), while a click on the comment icon loads the actual page the media link was posted on. The two can be the same destination but they do not have to be, especially not on voting style sites.
Update 2: While Fichey is up again, latest news date back to 2012 which indicates that it is no longer working properly.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.