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The Internet is like its own little country Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored] Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored] With privacy on the Internet becoming an increasingly difficult to obtain commodity, and more governments beginning to censor politically sensitive websites or bow to the whims of the recording industry, having a VPN on hand... Read More , and its many websites are like public squares for its thousands upon thousands of citizens. However, what if these public squares were all of a sudden to shut down? Perhaps these squares are not so much squares but more like little highways with roadblocks. In a real-world situation, this would most certainly be a problem, wouldn’t it?

With that said, we’ve all experienced a little downtime How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down Many services offer website uptime monitoring and SMS alerts when your website goes down, but most of them charge money for this service. Using a clever Google Docs trick and the SMS capability built into... Read More with websites before, and I’d like to expand a little on the sites that we have here. Since the Internet is all about the passing of information Investigating Control & The Internet: Jon Ronson's Web Documentary Series Escape & Control [Stuff to Watch] Investigating Control & The Internet: Jon Ronson's Web Documentary Series Escape & Control [Stuff to Watch] Jon Ronson is a successful Welsh-born journalist, filmmaker, radio host and author who wrote the hit film The Men Who Stare At Goats and has produced nearly 20 documentaries over the last 20 or so... Read More , I’ve decided to focus on web-locations that feature communication, news, entertainment, and public awareness. Of course, these are not the only sites on the Internet that are of such importance. However, I believe that they are definitely on a very high tier.

Today, I bring you four websites that I believe are part of the backbone of the Internet, and without them, we’d have a bit of chaos.


Shamefully, I believe we can all safely agree that most people’s worlds end when Facebook goes down. Where else can we share text-plastered Instagram photos? How else will that potato beat Bieber in a battle of popularity? Although the site’s downtime is a rare occurrence, it has happened before. To be honest, I’m surprised that the apocalypse hadn’t happened during that period of time…

Even still, seeing that most of the Internet has opted to utilize this as their main form of friendly online conversation (with email being reserved for more formal discussion), I believe it is understandable that people become a little frantic when Facebook How To Post To Facebook & Twitter From The Notification Center In Mountain Lion How To Post To Facebook & Twitter From The Notification Center In Mountain Lion Similar to its iOS counterpart, the Notification Center (which can be accessed using the right-most icon in your menu bar, or by using a hotkey) is designed to keep track of the multitude of information... Read More goes down.

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It’s a website that basically compresses most of the day’s major news articles and delivers them in a bite-sized chunk for the general public to take in. Yes, there are plenty of cat pictures strewn here and there. But in all truth, Reddit is a major part of how people stay informed on current events. For many, when Reddit goes down, it would be akin to major news networks going off the air all of a sudden.

Amazon(‘s Servers)

Amazon EC2 actually hosts a lot of the world’s biggest websites – some of which include Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest, just to name a few. In fact, many of the sites you use daily likely are run by Amazon. Now imagine if the servers go down. Yeah….no more movies played from home. No more pictures of what you had for breakfast. No more pins of that totally cute red sundress you saw that will make you totally hotter than Martha and finally have a chance at Joey.

But really, Amazon Why Buy A Kindle When You Can Use The Kindle App For Android? Why Buy A Kindle When You Can Use The Kindle App For Android? There are many people who aren't keen to buy a Kindle or similar e-book reader simply because they already have a similar multi-purpose device like a tablet or smartphone. You might be one of these... Read More backs a lot of stuff, and without it, we’d have a lack of entertainment on the web. With that said, entertainment definitely is important, so don’t knock it.


With the recent development of Twitter’s importance in protests and public announcements, it would be a real shame if something just….happened to it. We’ve seen Twitter Sign Up For The Twitter Fiction Festival Now [Updates] Sign Up For The Twitter Fiction Festival Now [Updates] Twitter has just announced that it's hosting a Fiction Festival, that will run five days, starting November 28 through to December 2nd. Twitter is calling the Fiction Festival a virtual storytelling celebration opened to creative... Read More go down in the past, but the social network has evolved from a goofy website to a heavy player in the field of politics. From fighting government interference to sharing government influence, this little bird has really spread its wings.

Without it, I fear that many people would not be more culturally aware of the their world. If the site happened to go down during an important event (such as a terrorist attack or a uprising against a government), I believe many of us would unfortunately be in the dark. So to Twitter – let’s make sure we have a 24/7 uptime, OK?


These are just four websites that I believe are necessary for the Internet to function. However, I’m aware that there are more!

What websites do you believe cause the world to implode when they are down? Do you have any frustrating stories about the ones above being down?

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  1. Zhong Jiang
    November 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Wikipedia, I don't check for facebook/reddit/twitter for news trends because readings an actual news helps.

  2. Igor Rizvi?
    October 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Nice article,but as you said,there can be found alot of the alternative sites on internet.Internet is a wide "space of interest",so a few hours or days without facebook,reddit and other few websites you mention woundt be much of a frustration for a daily internet user that knows what to found and what his interests are.Good article,Im sharing this

  3. Prasanth Mathialagan
    October 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Dont forget google!!

  4. Alex Perkins
    October 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I would like to say StumbleUpon, I use it daily while bored or just need to wait for a few minutes.

  5. Van
    October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I don't even know what is Reddit and I rarely log in to Twitter. Amazon? hm, not sure.
    I check FB every 2hours but totally fine without it (ok not totally, but fine).
    Google is the most crucial one for me, Google chrome, gmail, bookmarks, etc.
    Anyone mentioned Skype?

  6. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Seriously ... No GOOGLE ... No WIkipedia.

  7. Tara Moser
    October 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    love the article, it is so true without these websites some of us would be lost. I use facebook just to stay in touch with friends and family and also to keep up to date on the latest news stories in short form.

  8. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Google. Most people seem to be under impression that to start using internet, you need Google.

    Out of the four, Amazon's downtime means half of the internet would be very quiet. It's cause bigger panic than FB or Twitter.

    By the way, since I never go to Reddit, what fiasco are you talking about?

  9. Les M
    October 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I use none of those four
    That must be why my orld is fine and dandy

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I don't use FB, Twitter, or Reddit. But Amazon, well, there is no way you've never used its service since it hosts so many well-known sites. Sites you frequent might be one of their clients.

  10. Nikhil Chandak
    October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    wat about google & microsoft ..??

  11. Raj Sarkar
    October 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Facebook totally deserves to be on top! :D

  12. Vishal Mishra
    October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    First of all, why google is not there ? and wordpress should also be there in the list.

  13. Ishan Shrivastava
    October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Google and Gmail? Considering the spread of Android phones, If Google Servers go down.. it will be truly chaotic!

  14. druv vb
    October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    The day Google's servers are down, most of the Internet would cripple down, causing lots and lots of "trouble" around the globe. No search?, no indexing, no references, and not having the ability to load data onto the servers would severely bring the technological world to a halt. Lets hope that the hardware supporting these sites don't fail at the same time.

  15. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    n what about the PIRATE BAY :p

  16. Jose Cosquet
    October 31, 2012 at 8:23 am

    .....every single time there's an article about how internet affects our lives, sex and piracy are forgotten/omitted...... not having those two things would be the only real cause for implosion.... without them, all we'd need is 10 year old computers with 500 megabytes of storage space (unless you really love home made YouTube videos)..... you know it's true.....

  17. Temmuz Onur Deniz Güzel
    October 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Come on! No Google?

  18. Kamruzzaman Chowdhury
    October 31, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I like this post. It is very important that you are connected with the others.

  19. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    October 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I can't live without google.

  20. Junil Maharjan
    October 31, 2012 at 4:32 am

    You forgot google

  21. Adrian Rea
    October 31, 2012 at 4:19 am

    perhaps what may be more frightening is if the Internet itself decided to collapse for a few days. there is far too much reliance on it. much banking would be crippled, phone lines overloaded, children without a clue how to play "naturally"

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      October 31, 2012 at 5:47 am

      What you're talking about isn't even possible in theory as there is no such thing as "Internet" itself .

  22. Mac Witty
    October 31, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I think I would add Twitter, Google and Dropbox

    • Mac Witty
      October 31, 2012 at 3:51 am

      Sorry, forget about Twitter it was already on the list

  23. Greg
    October 31, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Omegle is one site to with thousands of users, and right now it's down thanks to Sandy

  24. Yash Desai
    October 31, 2012 at 2:06 am

    what about google's gmail servers, whenever theyre down, it causes a stirup

  25. Brian Mok
    October 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I can just imagine people all around the world with nothing to do if Facebook goes down.

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      what a shame...

  26. Adrian Rea
    October 31, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Two to add, Google an MakeUseOf :)

    • Shane La Horie
      October 31, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Can't believe they forgot google

      • Achraf Almouloudi
        October 31, 2012 at 5:46 am

        Because Google never get down, they are REALLY so powerful .

        • Yiz Borol
          October 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

          Yeah google has too many servers all over the world to ever go down completely, though there was that time in 2010 where gmail was down for some people for a couple of hours...

      • Christopher Webb
        November 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        I've never experienced a Google outage.

        • Griffin
          December 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          Because of Sandy google was down for 8 minutes..... the internet was forgiving though that's why you didn't hear to much about it.

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