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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Yahoo Pipes mashup SnackUpon takes the ideas behind two popular web applications—Delicious and StumbleUpon—and creates a customised RSS feed that delivers content you might like based on your Delicious bookmarks. The idea is brilliant: You already subscribe to sites with your newsreader because they deliver content that you like, but you don't have much control over what content the publisher of that site covers. With SnackUpon, it's like you've created a blog that publishes content based solely on your likes. Granted, that assumes the SnackUpon works as advertised, but after testing it out on my Delicious account, this is one feed I'm planning to keep in my newsreader. If you plug in your Delicious ID, let's hear how well SnackUpon matches your taste in the comments.

SnackUpon

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Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Site-finding service StumbleUpon has taken full advantage of Firefox 3's "Awesome Bar" by integrating its browser toolbar/extension with Firefox favourites. A new option in the latest version of the previously highlighted StumbleUpon add-on lets you download all the sites you've rated with a thumbs up/"I like it!" into your bookmarks, giving you as-you-type access to that last cool link you saw but can't quite remember. Your recent favourites and their tags are also stored in the browser's "Recent Bookmarks" and "Recent Tags" Smart Folders, helping your organize your idle-time browsing. StumbleUpon 3.23 is a free download, works wherever Firefox 3 does.

StumbleUpon 3.23

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Meg Tsiamis of Blogpond has written a couple of posts about StumbleUpon which I just happened to, well, stumble upon today.

People who've already used StumbleUpon will probably find her post on different ways to discover stuff to be useful, it talks about finding things randomly, through your friends network, and through keyword searches. The post ends with some tips on how to be a good user by making your Stumbles and discoveries count by accurately tagging them. There are also some helpful links to other articles.

She's also written a Beginners Guide to StumbleUpon.

7 Ways to use StumbleUpon as a Discovery Tool