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You may be well familiar with biggies like Youtube, Digg, Wikipedia, and StumbleUpon. They are all big and 100% user-powered websites. However, what about the smaller ones, focused on a single aspect and still able to attract a huge user base. So here you go, six really cool and fast growing communy-powered websites that you should definitely see.

1. Instructables – Extremely useful, entertaining and rather addictive online community where people share what they do and how they do it. Here you can find hundreds of excellent home-made DIY (Do It Yourself) guides detailing how to turn some of the garage junk into cool stuf, like invisible book shelf, hairspray-powered potato cannon or even making a wallet (from an old keyboard). See pic below.

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Read more: Instructables – The Web’s Biggest Show & Tell.

2. Scribd – The best way to define Scribd would be to call it a Youtube for documents. It is an online document library where users can search, browse, rate, upload, and share all kind of documents: jokes, facts, stories, document templates 3 Excellent Sites to Get Free Document Templates 3 Excellent Sites to Get Free Document Templates Read More , presentations, and even amazon bestsellers.

Scribd - Online Document Sharing Community

Read more: Scribd – Document Sharing Community

3. UrbanDictionary – UrbanDictionary is basically a community-powered dictionary for slangs and all kinds of sayings and jargons that you won’t find in traditional dictionaries. Basically anything people use in daily talk.

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  • Dude: A word that americans use to address each other. Particularly stoners, surfers and skaters.
  • Geek: The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.

Read more: UrbanDictionary – Define Your World.

4. eHow / wikiHow – HowTo manuals for the everyday life. Lots of useful stuff here, everything from computer fixes and tips to personal finance and health tips. You will also find some not so usual but still essential tips, like how to take a punch or ungoogle yourself. In case the stuff you’re looking for isn’t there and you’re too lazy to digg for it on the web than ask it on Yahoo Answers.:-)

6. 43things – Active web community where people can set, track, discuss and share their goals. It can be something as simple as ‘watch all Simpson episodes’ or more serious stuff like ‘pay off my credit card debts’ and ‘climb mount Everest’. It’s also a place to discover like-minded people and learn from the experience of others on how to achieve your goals.

  1. srikanth
    June 27, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Insctructables is fantastic

  2. Troy
    March 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    I happen to be a huge fan of all of these, thanks for getting the word out! My favorites would have to be Instructables and Sidereel, it's good to unwind :).

  3. dennis
    February 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    This site is appropriate for this list (imo) - reliablesource.org
    Give your two cents on free software at Reliable Source - a community driven site where users can share and discover reliable open source alternatives to proprietary and commercial software.

  4. SC
    February 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    urbandictionary is a very racist web site created by and for white, suburban "hipster" youth culture for white suburban youth culture.its the 21st century equilvalent of blackface. it has very little to do with urban/black culture and if it were an honest site it go by suburbandictionary.

  5. Tracy
    January 4, 2008 at 3:22 am

    43Things is a neat website. I like I like.
    Another one I just discovered along the same lines is http://www.QuickieClick.com

    You can organize your favorite websites into your own launchpad.

  6. Jon
    January 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

    good stuff

  7. John McGrath
    December 1, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Aha. I can respect that. Volume, volume, volume, a good dictate to live by. Wordie is definitely quality over quantity. At least that's what I tell myself whenever I check Alexa :-)

  8. John McGrath
    November 26, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Urban Dictionary is fantastic, but it isn't really a community. You can't talk to other members, for instance.

    Wordie.org (full disclosure: I built it) lets you make word lists, list words, comment on all words and lists, and talk to other members. If it's a word community you're looking for, please come by.

  9. Victorin
    November 25, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Check out http://www.moneytrackin.com an online community of people who share his tips and fauvorite places to save money

  10. Leandro
    November 24, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Great, people love to submit ideas! :)

    There are some for pictures and photos:

    FFFFound.com
    vi.sualize.us

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 1:00 pm

      I like FFFFound, found lots of cool images there.

  11. subcorpus
    November 24, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    have not even heard of some ...
    gonna check them out ...
    good share ... thanks ...

  12. John
    November 24, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    This is pretty great photography site...

    http://www.pixalo.com

  13. Josh
    November 24, 2007 at 12:17 pm
    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:57 pm

      I think the above mentioned sidereel is way better.

  14. Lee
    November 24, 2007 at 4:17 am
    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:56 pm

      Good concept .... needs more users though.

  15. josh
    November 24, 2007 at 2:57 am

    midomi.com I love this site you can record yourself singing songs and others can listen

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks, I will check it out.

  16. Kelly
    November 24, 2007 at 12:47 am

    you forgot SantaMatch. Not exactly a community but certainly one of the best things on the internet - a free dating site where Santa Claus plays a matchmaker. It works surprisingly well.

  17. nabin
    November 24, 2007 at 12:08 am

    StumbleUpon?

  18. j.w.
    November 23, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    work.com is really useful community-powered resource for small business owners and other entrepreneur-types.

  19. Tim
    November 23, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    @Bipedal

    No. Wins for lack of any chan. There's too many of them around these days to be considered unique.

  20. ben
    November 23, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    http://www.boardgamegeek.com - a community driven database covering data,pictures and reviews for every board game ever printed.

  21. Jimmy
    November 23, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Checkout canvas2.com a giant collaborative drawing - early beta but looks like it could be cool.

  22. josh
    November 23, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    midomi.com where users record themselves singing

  23. kwapor
    November 23, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    last.fm anyone?

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:45 pm

      yep, last.fm definitely qualifies

  24. Bipedal
    November 23, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Fails for lack of 4chan

  25. Draylon Murr
    November 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    err what about bragster.com ?

    jeez some list ¬_¬

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:47 pm

      looks good, but needs more users.

  26. Vincent Hawkings
    November 23, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    I like Gyminee.

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:44 pm

      it's not a community. ;-)

  27. Speedmaster
    November 23, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    That was fun, thanks. ;-)

    also check out:
    timezone.com
    thepurists.com
    fountainpennetwork.com

    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:42 pm

      Well.... I don't thing any of them can qualify for an active web community. Firstly they cover too narrow field, and secondly there is not enough traffic.

  28. yakso
    November 23, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Great list. Thanks

  29. nomeus
    November 23, 2007 at 1:47 pm
    • Aibek
      November 25, 2007 at 12:38 pm

      Nothing really, it's dead. Good web community should have lots of traffic, Forbex has none.

    • nomeus
      November 30, 2007 at 3:28 am

      what the hell is a forbex, you idiot. and are you saying flurbex doesnt have any traffic? how about you go play in traffic......tool

    • Aibek
      November 30, 2007 at 3:19 pm

      "how about you go play in traffic"... WHAT?

  30. Woz
    November 23, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Scribd and UrbanDictionary are very useful, I have been using them a long time ago. Let me check the other links to see what happens :)

  31. Pachecus
    November 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

    excellent.. thanks for share

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