It might have been on c|net’s site for 8 years, but I just randomly discovered their “Big Picture” feature — by attaching associated links form their stories, this flash app can create a visual map, showing connected stories or companies featured on their site:
For every story published, News.com editors and reporters included relevant links to other News.com stories. In addition, News.com highlights the important companies that appear in a story as well as attach appropriate topics to each story.
Clicking on a node can draw a new map, with that story as the center, and new links, or you can pop and view the full news story. This leads to some ways to explore content other than link hopping form the articles…
Now this is hardly revolutionary, as such things have been around for web eons, like the Visual Thesaurus, various 3D search result viewers, and going back to the late 1990s work of Roy Stringer and the Navihedra. I’ more curious than certain if these offer people ways to navigate connected content that they would actually use and discover… or is it just neat eye candy?