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Nethound debuts today on Web

June 14, 1997

By GUY FLETCHER

Staff Writer

Nethound, a new directory of Tri-State area World Wide Web sites, is now sniffing out locations on the Internet.

Web users will be able to use Nethound (http://www.nethound.com) to find hundreds of sites for area businesses, nonprofit organizations, government, news, people and more.

For example, area cyclists can find out about the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club by clicking on the organization's link in Nethound. Same for animal lovers who want more information about the Washington County SPCA.

Anyone with a Web site in the area can list it for free on Nethound, which was developed by The Herald-Mail.

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The idea behind the directory comes from the belief that the Internet is not only bringing people from across the globe closer together, it also allows people to find others with common interests in the same community, said Derrick Miller, a member of The Herald-Mail's computer staff.

"It will have more and more local value," Miller said.

The Herald-Mail, which has five other online products, will sell and create advertising for the site.

The newspaper has been working on developing Nethound since last year, including designing the site and gathering more than 350 area Web addresses.

Beginning today, users will be able to submit their own addresses, which should greatly increase the directory's size, Miller said.

"We think it will double pretty quickly," he said.

The directory's signature hound dog caricature was designed by Herald-Mail graphic artist Kim Bain.

The dog is found throughout Nethound, directing users to Web sites that are new, and dog bones indicate sites that might be particularly interesting.

"We want it to be fun to use. We don't want it to be stuffy," Miller said.

To that end, Nethound is different than many Web directories that simply concentrate on businesses, he said.

"We feel there's more to life than just business, so we cover all aspects," Miller said.

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