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Start page cycling

I came up with this potentially hair-brained idea a half hour ago or so and wanted to share it with you guys to see what you thought.

The idea is to have a free/very cheap service that gives you a personal url to set as a start page. You can then configure it to redirect in several ways:
a) go to certain pages at certain times / days
b) go to a page randomly from a set
c) go to a page sequentially from a set

+ potentially go to a page once every day the first time you visit the redirection.

For instance, you could have it go to a certain page during work time, another at other times, etc. Or maybe just have a "message" instead of a URL it displays. It could also keep stats perhaps. Particularly crafty users could chain them together.

It could be a totally free service w/donations, or nag you every x times to pay the $4 or whatever it is. And whatever it is, it would be all ajaxy and very polished/well executed.

Potentially useful? Or lame?

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There is an extension to...

There is an extension to Firefox called stumble which takes you to a random website (based on some categories you choose) and then you give a thumbs up/down on it. Not for the start page, but pretty cool none the less (actually good for wasting time, so maybe not so good!)




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