Browsing for dummies made pretty: Fichey

Check out popular sites with Fichey, a new way to browse popular content.

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Fichey's controller is dead simple, with two buttons to jump back and forth between pages. CNET Networks

Fichey is a new approach to serving up content that's been popularized by social bookmarking services like Digg, Del.icio.us, and Reddit among others. Similar to DuggTrends, and other sites that cache Web pages that have gone down or become incredibly sluggish due to a high traffic, Fichey's solution is to take a snapshot of the page, sans links, and serve it up in a slick Flash viewer. Pages can be viewed one at a time, and have a slick rotation animation similar to Apple's Front Row. All you have to do is go back and forth.

Fichey isn't just eye candy though. Double-clicking any story will open up the original page, which--if it's working--will load up in your browser with links and up-to-date comments. Fichey will also insert a small hover frame that directs you back to its navigation, and hooks you up with the site's URL to share with others.

Also neat is the option to travel to various dates to see the most popular content for each site. Clicking the calendar button will pull up a small month view where you can travel all the way to July 5, presumably when Fichey started archiving. In this sense, it's a little bit like the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, although a little prettier.

[via TechCrunch]

Browsing sites in Fichey is a little like StumbleUpon. You can visit another site just by clicking one button. CNET Networks