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I have a web-cool surname?

I have a web-cool surname?

Finally, after years and years of teasing in the playground and classroom from fellow pupils and teachers (hello, Mr. Anwyl) alike, my surname is now so highly sought-after that two web services have just launched, using my name. Honestly. is a social bookmarking service that is currently on a private beta in the English language, having apparently become the most successful website of its type in Germany, a country famed for good race relations. After I’ve registered, it tells me that I’ll be able to “start wonging” soon. It even has a catchy slogan: “Wong The Web”, sends out a weekly “wongletter”, and the “wong” blog has a “wongroll”.

Thankfully, the Chinese caricature that was all over the German website seems to have been reduced to an icon on the website, although it’s still loud and proud on the various widgets and toolbars, so I’ll still be firing off an email of complaint at some point. As will, I imagine, Asian American activists such as 8 Asians.

What amazes me is how this website managed to sneak up on everyone and apparently become the second most popular social networking site in Germany – a country not exactly short of Chinese people – without anyone complaining or noticing.

It’s not just the Germans. A UK start-up has launched a website to help you borrow money from them on a short-term basis. And it’s called Wonga. The website comes complete with a terribly low-quality Flash-based video introduction telling you that “you need Wonga. now.”

I don’t know whether to smile, cry or hide in my bedroom. But I’ll probably be sticking to Netvouz for all my online bookmarking needs.

Better than ?

Better than ?

Right now, I need titanium matchsticks since I’ve just jetted back from Noo Yawk with Miss R. I ought to be blogging about depressed elevator operators, cold coffee, annoying Texan couples, almost getting into an NBC party for The View, freezing weather, SkyMall catalogues, eating more food than is physically possible, overpriced Christmas baubles, how catching a taxi makes you feel like a man (god-damnit) and snow on the Empire State Building.

Instead I’m going to blog about this new “social” bookmarking website I found, called Netvouz. Which is better than in almost every way – except for social bookmarking.

Netvouz offers all the things you need in a social bookmarking site – namely tagging – but it also offers automatic link validation, categories, and direct import from Firefox. Plus the rather sobering statistic that I now have 1746 bookmarks that need editing and retagging. Joy.

But it doesn’t offer the things you need for social bookmarking, like copying favourite people’s links and the like. If only there was a service that combined the two functions. Can’t be that hard, surely?

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