Furl acquired by Looksmart
September 23, 2004 4:48 AM   Subscribe

Furl acquired by LookSmart.
posted by tranquileye (13 comments total)
LookSmart own a lot of stuff.
posted by reklaw at 4:59 AM on September 23, 2004

Something I've never heard of was acquired by something else I've never heard of? Wow. Earth-shattering news worthy of a FPP.
posted by emptybowl at 5:44 AM on September 23, 2004

Well, I'm glad it was posted. I hadn't heard of it but it looks like a very cool service. If weblogs like MeFi were the first great organizing principle of the interweb this is the sort of thing that might be the next. I've signed up.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:01 AM on September 23, 2004

Matt, Matt!! Mattmattmattmattmattmaaaatttttttt!!!!!!

The rest of the internet is converging! You'd better hurry with that sidebar!!
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:17 AM on September 23, 2004

it's happening again!!!
posted by shoepal at 6:34 AM on September 23, 2004

I knew what LookSmart was, but had honestly never heard of Furl - it turned out to be an interesting tool. Thanks for the link.
posted by JollyWanker at 9:34 AM on September 23, 2004

LookSmart was downsizing earlier this year and last after losing Micro$oft partner funding +. Where'd the cash come from?

Also, amongst the fine products: Net Nanny. D-lightful.

The filtered internet is dead. Long live the filtered internet.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:37 AM on September 23, 2004

Furl has been linked on MeFi before as an FPP, which is how I heard of it. I went there and tested it out and then promptly forgot about it (who needs it when there's del.icio.us?).

I got an email about the LookSmart thing last night and promptly went to furl to remove my address from their database. Unfortunately, that task seems impossible.
posted by dobbs at 9:51 AM on September 23, 2004

I knew some people who invested their Netscape millions into a competitor of Furl, back during the e-gold rush... for some reason, people thought you could make money from this sort of thing, basically a glorified book mark. But who knows.
posted by cell divide at 10:18 AM on September 23, 2004

Why would one ever use furl when you could use the far superior service it ripped off, del.icio.us?
posted by peterb at 10:50 AM on September 23, 2004

Because Furl lets you save and search the contents of pages -- even pages within your intranet or other password-protected sites.
posted by dmd at 12:20 PM on September 23, 2004

which is actually really useful and it's too bad i didn;t find out about it earlier. really useful for news sites that don't keep their entire archives online. i just hope looksmart doesn't mess it up , now.
posted by Hackworth at 1:03 PM on September 23, 2004

Congrats to emptybowl; he has been added to my list of MiFi Post Nazis, along with Smart Dalek.
posted by tranquileye at 4:56 PM on September 23, 2004

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