Is there a categorised list of good quality web services?

Dr.sunil V August 9, 2014
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How to know list of reputed webservices across categories? For example – to know that Aviary is a reputed developer for Photo editing app. Is there a listing portal to know which webservice is reputed for a webservice? Another example, for video talk Skype, Hangouts, Tango would be in list. For social networking, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus would be in list.

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  1. Ziesha
    September 1, 2014 at 6:48 am

    yeah there can be many, all you can do is to search like related : facebook . com without spaces.

    • Drsunil V
      September 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks for nice idea

  2. Oron J
    August 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

    More or less. WOT rates the trustworthiness of the site (it's main purpose is to warn you of dodgy sites).

    AlternativeTo comes closer to what you are looking for in terms of covering both categories and reputation. Let's say you're looking for a photo editor, and you know that the GIMP is a photo editor but it's too complicated for your needs. You head over to AlternativeTo and type "GIMP" and bingo! you get long list of similar programs with a short description of each. The software is real (i.e. not a scam or a virus), but there isn't really an indication of quality on the site.

    You look at the descriptions and you decide on the basis of the words "free" and "intuitive" in the description that Paint.net is worth exploring further. At this point, there are two things you can and should do.

    The first is to search for "paint.net review" and you'll notice that it has many reviews, and they are broadly positive, looking good! Now you look for the authors' website and you discover it's http://www.getpaint.net/. You head over there and WOT shows a green circle. Excellent! It means that the site is well known and respected, so you can take the site itself seriously. Now of course you need to read the description, look at the screenshots and if all looks promising, download the application and try it out.

    Paint.net is an excellent package, so if it does what you want you will probably want to keep it, but if it doesn't do what you expect of it, or you simply don't like it, at least it was a safe choice and you got it on multiple recommendations, which is as good as it comes on the internet.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Thanks for expressing your expertise , and for putting a lot of effort , time and interest in the queries

  3. Oron J
    August 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    There isn't a service quite as you describe. Yahoo were the last ones to try to categorise the web and they gave up long ago... That said, there are different ways to get an idea of the quality of websites (including services).

    One way is to use WOT (Web Of Trust). This is a reputation-based service which rates websites for trustworthiness and suitability for children (but not for quality as such). It's not perfect, but it's can be a great help in avoiding fake or dodgy sites. WOT Chrome extensions and Firefox add-ons are availble which make it really easy to use.

    You can search sites which are likely to contain reviews with keywords to find articles on the subject. For example, you can google
    skype hangouts site:makeuseof.com
    and you'll find several articles comparing the two services. Similarly, you could search "skype alternative site:makeuseof.com" and you'll find an article listing alternatives to Skype.

    Following on from this, there's the wonderful AlternativeTo (http://alternativeto.net/). This site allows you to search for any software and will propose alternative packages to it. Like WOT, it is crowd powered, so coverage is patchy, and the descriptions are sometimes a little vague. On the whole though though it is a really useful resource.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Thanks for the sincere reply. Please tell , do you mean that if I look for a photo editor app of reputed dot.com , then WOT marked good results and alternative.to most points results imply 'reputed / popular' choices to rely on for quality. ( Many apps use flowery language in app descriptions , but it is dot.coms like Google , Facebook , MUO , Aviary and the likes which give quality ; thus this query! )

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