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.