Early Users Let Voyurl Spy on Their Web Browsing

Voyurl, a New York startup that gathers data on online habits by monitoring users’ browsing in real time, launched in private beta two weeks ago. Those beta testers (however many of them there are) have shared more than 525,000 links, or 47,091,161 seconds of active browsing, already.

There are a few reasons why this is something you might want to do. Voyurl tracks who discovers a link first, so you can get credit for discovering that video of cats morphing into croissants before it got on The Daily What. You can also see what your friends are looking at without depending on them to post links on Twitter or Facebook, etc., and remembering to check those places.

“The internet is a big place. But when you rely on people, and not algorithms, you get a chance to see things differently,” Voyurl says.

You can set filters so not all your activity is shown, or just watch what other Voyurl users are doing. You can opt to manually approve anyone who wants to follow you and make your stream private so only your followers can see what you’re looking at–your links will anonymized for anyone else.

As weird and creepy as the idea of broadcasting your browsing history in real time may seem, Voyurl isn’t even the only company to think of this. Another New York startup, Sitesimon (like “sites-I’m-on”), is very similar.

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Early Users Let Voyurl Spy on Their Web Browsing