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I want to drive a phenomenal amount of traffic to my site, but I don't want to go through the bother of writing something funny or clever or thought provoking. So maybe I'll try my hand at spawning a blogmeme instead.

These are my URL ABCs:

How to find your URL ABCs: Type the letter 'a' into your location bar, copy the first URL that your browser autosuggests as a completion, and paste it into the corresponding field below. Repeat for letters 'b' through 'z'. You may add a comments as well, but they are not required. You can skip a letter if you'd like, or you can supply a comment for a letter even if you omit its URLs (to explain that nothing came up for that particular letter, for instance). When you are done, click 'Format My URL ABCs' and this script will return the HTML code you can paste in the comments of the URL ABCs post , use on your own site, or print it out and enclose it with your next Kelly Osbourne fan letter. Whatever.

Letter URL Comment

List my URL ABCs as a bulleted list: yes no

Print comment following URL (e.g. "A is for apple.com -- I love my iPod!"):
yes no

Use comment as link's title attribute (e.g. "A is for apple.com "):
yes no

Note: This may only be an interesting exercise with Firefox or Mozilla, both of which offer autosuggestions in descending order of last accessed (the sorting algorithm may also take the frequency of access into account as well). I don't know what IE does. If it just cough up URLS in alphabetic order -- and, after a little experimentation with my rarely used copy of IE, I think this might be the case -- then picking the first one off the top doesn't really reveal much about you.

Update: I just realized that my spam filter -- which automatically blocks comments that contain > 20 hyperlinks -- has been preventing people from posting their ABCs in the comments. Sorry about that -- the filter has been temporarily disabled.

Posted on April 27, 2005 to Tools and Toys


Mine are borderline depressing.

Posted by: Jake on April 27, 2005 5:01 PM

That was fun. Stupid, but fun.

Posted by: Paul on April 27, 2005 5:05 PM

Now I'm late for happy hour.


Posted by: Anthony on April 27, 2005 5:38 PM

I'll take this moment to say I did this last week some time. I was trying to think of a way to discriminate between home/work computers and different browsers (e.g. on my work 'puter, my IE and Firefox browser histories are quite different).

Posted by: davidr on April 27, 2005 5:39 PM

That was a hoot! Especially when you upgraded the script right in the middle of my work.

Posted by: Keith on April 27, 2005 6:20 PM

Works in Safari with most recent visit as far as I can tell.
Mine are here

Posted by: Michelle on April 27, 2005 6:28 PM

Quite amusing. Mine lives here. I'm not sure if I learned anything about myself or not, but I suppose now my wife knows I'm not cruising porn sites all day. At least, not on this computer...

Posted by: JPed on April 27, 2005 6:38 PM


Posted by: spinfire on April 27, 2005 6:54 PM

So much for Kubrick's formatting... here's mine.

Posted by: MrChucho on April 27, 2005 8:24 PM


Posted by: David Dean on April 27, 2005 9:54 PM

This was a lotto fun. Not as much fun as the lotto. but fun.


Posted by: dan isaacs on April 27, 2005 10:10 PM

What a fun exercise. Results: in Finnish, in English.

Posted by: Mikko on April 27, 2005 10:34 PM

Fun! Especially "M" - I'm partial to Mighty Girl myself. She's my my cuz so she makes the family very proud!

Posted by: Matthew on April 27, 2005 11:38 PM

Boo for IE!! I am no fun.

Posted by: girlhacker on April 28, 2005 12:35 AM

That was actually surprisingly fun. I used IE, but I cheated and tried to remember which of the sites I had visited most recently. Anyway, here's mine.

Posted by: KOTWF on April 28, 2005 6:44 AM

That was more fun than the Guess-the-Google and possibly more meaningful than a Myers-Briggs test.

Posted by: Katie on April 28, 2005 6:59 AM

Here ye go. Safari picks the most recently visited link, and I just finished clicking through my morning comics links, so it's too comic-heavy.

Posted by: ken on April 28, 2005 7:08 AM

I second the boo for IE. I'm at work and half the letters show files I've accessed on various network drives.

Posted by: spygeek on April 28, 2005 7:29 AM

Wow. As an avid reader of both dy and qwantz.com, this post made my universe implode.

Posted by: Sarah on April 28, 2005 7:40 AM

As a random core sampling of my browsing, that's actually kind of keen. Now, of course, we need a macro to generate the list for us automagically ...

Posted by: *** Dave on April 28, 2005 7:57 AM

mine is fairly boring, but it does work awesome in firefox.

Posted by: db on April 28, 2005 8:02 AM

I think mine's ,um, broken. Nothing but porn links and Clay Aiken fan sites...stupid Firefox.

Posted by: Duane on April 28, 2005 8:10 AM

Mine! A little heavy on the work-related URLs, but that's ok.

Posted by: Ariel on April 28, 2005 9:22 AM

That was a damn fine way to waste fifteen minutes.

Posted by: Alonzo Mosley (FBI) on April 28, 2005 9:29 AM


Posted by: andrew on April 28, 2005 9:30 AM

Mine are here.

Posted by: rhorsman on April 28, 2005 9:35 AM

These are MINE. I'd like you to notice that my "D" was Defective Yeti. But why isn't your "G" for GreenTuna? *sniff*

Posted by: greentuna on April 28, 2005 11:20 AM

I got all hung up on the Mr. T video. That is... amazing.

Posted by: Carny Asada on April 28, 2005 11:44 AM

I thought that this thing would only take me a few minutes, but then after I posted it, I started surfing everyone else's lists. THANKS A LOT, MR. BALDWIN. I came to Defective Yeti, and all I got was this lousy list.

Posted by: schmutzie on April 28, 2005 1:30 PM

Of course I couldn't resist either, but I should have browsed everyone else's list first so that I didn't have any missing letters. Anyway, here are mine

Posted by: ukpylot on April 28, 2005 2:33 PM

This took a lot longer than I thought it was going to, I'm feeling really stooopid now.

Posted by: lisa on April 28, 2005 3:49 PM

Hey, what a great idea. Here's my list.

Posted by: J-Walk on April 28, 2005 4:43 PM

One of the more creative memes I've seen. Love it. And as though there were an echo in the room, here's mine.

Posted by: Mel on April 28, 2005 4:47 PM

brilliant. your site is such a fund of info' and inspiration.

Posted by: chris holmes on April 28, 2005 5:07 PM

And mine.

Posted by: Sharif on April 28, 2005 6:06 PM

you are a genius (as the URL for mine indicates)

Posted by: Sean on April 28, 2005 6:29 PM

you are a genius (as the URL for mine indicates)

(i, on the other hand, am not, since i screwed up my html)

Posted by: Sean on April 28, 2005 6:31 PM

That was great (says the random guy who has never been to this blog before).

Here is mine for all that don't care! Well, that is my blog, and it is the mostest recentest.

Posted by: Jake on April 28, 2005 8:29 PM

I think DY has been looking at porn like the rest of us.

F is for http://fusker.lewww.com/

Posted by: anon on April 29, 2005 12:33 AM

Here are mine:

And really cool idea man :)

Posted by: MMM on April 29, 2005 12:58 AM

mine shows that I'm willing to participate in any kind of procrastination...

Posted by: tom on April 29, 2005 5:22 AM

Mine shows just how big of a computer geek I am. Interesting idea... I think I'll try it at home too.

Posted by: Christopher J. Stehno on April 29, 2005 7:14 AM

Here's mine - and that's my work PC. My home one should be even better!

Posted by: mmChronic on April 29, 2005 8:31 AM

This is a great idea. Mine aren't that exciting.

Posted by: Patrick on April 29, 2005 8:34 AM

Even mentioning the first rule will cause ninjas to be dispatched. Careful, run! [this is good]

Posted by: ericrolph on April 29, 2005 10:02 AM

Mine's here. Mostly webcomics. Spreading the meme though.

Posted by: Julie on April 29, 2005 11:03 AM

Fun idea. Here's mine.

Posted by: Sören Kuklau on April 29, 2005 3:38 PM

"drive a phenomenal amount of traffic to my site"... brilliant.
Here's mine.

Posted by: Justin Koh on April 29, 2005 7:56 PM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: kat on April 30, 2005 12:23 AM

Posted mine yesterday.


Posted by: Dougal Campbell on April 30, 2005 8:51 AM

yes, that's The Hives.

Posted by: bob on May 1, 2005 12:08 AM

Here's my links, from Firefox


I cheated a couple of times, to go to the "most visited" rather than the "last visited".

Also X came up with popups so of course I didn't do that. And W was to a porn site, Whiskey Foxes, that came up on a google site. Skip.

Posted by: liz on May 2, 2005 11:10 AM

If I was cool, I'd have my own blog. But so it goes...

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Chad W on May 2, 2005 11:10 AM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: David Mecer on May 2, 2005 3:52 PM
Posted by: Rick Beckman on May 2, 2005 3:53 PM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Rucio on May 2, 2005 3:54 PM


Posted by: Caius Durling on May 2, 2005 4:15 PM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Clark on May 3, 2005 11:00 AM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Jalansutera on May 4, 2005 1:57 AM

Hee. Here're mine, latest entry. Blogger is so stupid, because no matter how many times I tell it to format each entry with a link, it won't.

Posted by: Cunning Linguist on May 7, 2005 8:07 AM

Fun fun fun. I have IE but scrolled through to get what seemed like the most recent/representative URLs:

Posted by: Jennifer on May 7, 2005 12:49 PM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Debra on May 7, 2005 3:36 PM

These are my URL ABCs:

Posted by: Andrea on May 7, 2005 9:34 PM

in my response, I found one blog I wasn't keen on, and said so. Suddenly I"ma hag in the Volvo Flame wars!! What fun!

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