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Something Fierce

A new method for rating Web sites

This story appears in the July 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

In the tangled, frantic world of the Net, it's hard to know which sites are cool and which ones, well, just plain suck. Here to sort out the mess are Tor Hyams and David Scharff, two webaholic cousins behind the Web-reviewing site fierce.com and its companion book, fierce.com: the exclusive book for web elitists (Four Walls, Eight Windows, $16, www.fourwallseightwindows.com).

Sites are reviewed and categorized as follows: "unfierce," "not quite," "erotic," "useful," "ridiculous" or "fierce" (the highest rating). We glanced at a few sites to see just how fierce their take on the Web is. If you've got some surfing time, do the same.

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