by Paul Miller
The first thing to note is that any site on the web is, on average, only 19 clicks from any other site. This little quirk of network theory means that one of the best ways to find interesting things is just follow links and then follow them some more. The BBC news site, for instance, has a little section of �external links� on the right hand side of all the stories with links to any sites or organisations that are mentioned � if you follow these links for a while you�re bound to find something you didn�t set out thinking you�d find.
The �small world� nature of the web is due to highly connected �hubs� that enable you to click through to a huge number of sites. The ultimate site for this is, of course, Google. It�s really worth learning how to Google properly and playing with all the features on the site. You can brush up on the basics here or pick up a few more things here but also check out Google Labs for things that they haven�t put on the main site yet. Google Sets is particularly funky - try putting in �Demos�, �Fabian Society� and �IPPR� and see what you get.
But there are other hubs. One of my favourites is Arts & Letters Daily. There�s also SciTech Daily (if you�re that way inclined). The joy of these is that somebody else goes out to find out what�s interesting each day and points you in a direction that you might not have thought of before. Each site has a long list of �permanent� links to the front pages of other sites in the left hand column.
If you�ve got other tips, post them in the comments section.