Newly-launched QuarkBase makes the somewhat grandiose claim of providing “everything about a website.” But it turns out that this mashup of various information into a single (extensive) page actually does a pretty good job of delivering on that claim. It’s as easy to use as you could hope: jsut enter a URL and hit the search button. Quarkbase will go out to a bunch of services and pull together information to help you get an overview of the site’s purpose, traffic, and importance.
Among other things, you’ll get a snapshot of the current site, links to related and similar sites, popularity measurements based on social web tracking, del.icio.us bookmarks, traffic from Alexa, and mentions in other blogs and on Twitter. There are a few areas that could stand improvement – for example, tweets aren’t linked, and the technical info isn’t as deep as that provided by, say, Netcraft’s page. But overall, it’s a fast way to get a birds-eye view of any site on the web.