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Website of the Week 2/20/02

By L. Kate Crawford
On February 20, 2002

In case you haven’t been surfing the Web for very long, let me clue you in to a little secret: At one time, the ‘Net was used for such lofty purposes as research.
No more.
Now its glutted by amusing Flash animations, pop-under ads for cameras and casinos ... and, of course, photos of beautiful people.
Finally, however, there are a number of sites proving that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So grab your mouse and express your freedom of choice. is one of a growing genre of sites that allow you to rate photos of men or women in specific age groups on a scale from 1 to 10.
And if you’re particularly daring, feel free to upload your own photo. It won’t take long for others to let you know whether you’re handsome or hideous.
To test out the site’s usefulness, we uploaded a photo of managing editor Amos Maki to HotOrNot. Within 24 hours, Amos had almost 50 ratings with a average score of 8.4 out of 10. (And yes, ladies, he’s available.) gets the pick of the week because of its smooth layout and diversity of photos. However, other sites offer similar features. Among them are and
Furthermore, the genre is expanding to include beautiful geeks (, beautiful pets ( and beautiful mullets (
So start clicking. It’s certainly a lot more fun than research.

By L. Kate

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