The Hyperwords Project
"Hyperlinks are amazing.
They let you follow any path..
..any path anyone has ever made.
But what about your intuition, your hunches?
What about all the other words,
the words that are not hyperlinks?
These other words are hyperwords...
I've had the hyperwords plugin installed for a while now and thought it deserved a mention here.
Basically it turns the entire web into hypertext. I've found myself using it mostly for the inline translation & reference features, but as it's highly customisable I doubt that I've explored all the possibilities.
Once you get used to it you'll wonder why you haven't had something like this for ages already. It adds a certain level of contextual depth & immediacy to browsing that simply wasn't available previously. The difference is kind of similar to the transition when tabbed browsing came about & you no longer had to bother with 17 different browser windows on screen.
In the words of the project founder:
My aim is to improve how networked computers help us learn, think and communicate. I assert that we don't interface with computers - we interface with information - and people - increasingly through the mediated information environments of networked computers. I feel that this connection - this flow - between people - information, and tools can benefit from becoming more liquid.
Frode Hegland - http://www.liquidinformation.org/
Assuming you're using firefox (sorry safari nerds), you can install the plugin from here: