Voyurl: A Web stalker's best friend

Hate privacy? Then you'll love Voyurl, a new service that lets you follow friends (and strangers) across the Web -- and vice versa.

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You say your life is an open book, you don't give a damn about privacy, and you welcome complete strangers into the deepest darkest caverns of your Internet existence?

Have I got a service for you.

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It's called Voyurl, and as the name kind of implies, it offers a voyeuristic view into all of the URLs you and your friends have been visiting. Just install the Voyurl plug in for Chrome or Firefox; log in via Twitter, Facebook, or your email address; and quietly stalk your friends across the Web (if they're also members of Voyurl).

You can also see the URLs of total strangers and go in depth into their surfing histories. Of course, if you look deep enough, they're not total strangers for very long.

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For example: I learned that a Voyurl user named DiscoNotDisco lives in Brooklyn, is shopping for athletic shoes, is a big Lady Gaga fan, likes the Old Spice Guy (who doesn't?), has an account on the OKcupid dating site, and has a public Facebook profile with almost no privacy settings. So I now have a trove of info about him. And it turns out I may actually know the guy, in a social-media-twice-removed kind of way.

Or take ecsjjgg, a Swedish file swapper. Thanks to the fact he recently checked his email, I now know his real name and Hotmail address. Judging by his taste on YouTube and the game modding forums he's a member of, I'm betting he's in his late teens. He apparently has a thing for stick-thin British fashion model Agyness Deyn. (Frankly, I don't see the appeal.)

From Theschnaz's profile I managed to deduce his real identity (an NYC-based tech entrepreneur), which lead me to his Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages. That one was especially easy, because he used his Twitter identity to log in. Sorry to hear about all those problems getting your Constant Contact email newsletter to work correctly, Schnaz; hope you can clear that up soon.

You can make your stream anonymous, so the URLs you visit are displayed but not connected with your Voyurl user name. You can delete individual URLs if you're worried about what your fellow Voyurlers might think. And you can click the Voyurl button at the top of your browser to turn off capture if you venture into those areas of the WebberNets your mother warned you about.

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