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Favicons are one of those things that we all see every day but which none of us ever really notices. The majority of websites have a favicon, also known as a favorites icon, shortcut icon, or bookmark icon, but most of them are instantly forgettable. Only a select few stand out, so, as befitting the name, we want to know which favicons are your personal favorites.

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We want to know, What Are Your Favorite Favicons?

This is a rather strange question because we suspect most of you won’t know which favicons are your favorites off the top of your heads. Because you’ll likely never pay them any attention. They’re just there, quietly doing their job without asking for, or being given, any credit.

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Thankfully, it will be very simple for you to find your favorite favicons. All you need to do is look through your list of favorites or bookmarks How To Manage 17 Years Of Bookmarks How To Manage 17 Years Of Bookmarks Bookmarks seem to accumulate over time, growing into collections of hundreds or thousands over the years. If you only have a handful of bookmarks, this article isn’t for you – this is for the people... Read More and see which of the icons stand out for you in an aesthetically pleasing manner. If you’re one of those weirdos who doesn’t keep a list of favorites or bookmarks, then you’ll have to visit your regular haunts in order to see their favicons.

We’re counting on you doing just that so we can compile a list of the best favicons on the Web. Partly for our own enjoyment, but partly in the hopes it inspires other websites to spend a little more time and effort creating a fitting favicon that people will remember long after they close their browser in order to do something more interesting.

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All you have to do is comment below with the name of the websites which, in your opinion, have the best favicons. You don’t need to take a screenshot or do anything else which will consume your precious time. That’s our job, and we’re more than happy to do it.

If you remain unconvinced as to the importance of favicons, it should be noted that they have been a thing since 1999. That was the year Microsoft released Internet Explorer Is Internet Explorer Making A Big Return In 2015? Is Internet Explorer Making A Big Return In 2015? Microsoft no longer has to offer EU Windows users a choice of browsers. Moreover, Microsoft is working on a new browser. Nevertheless, we'll show you how to install your favorite browser without touching IE. Read More 5, the first browser to support these tiny images that punctuate the Web without anyone really noticing. So they have a long and illustrious history.

Favicons remain one of the unsung heroes of the Internet, and that’s something we want to change. Let’s give them their moment in the sun and their day in the spotlight. Let’s reward the websites which put some thought into their favicons while ignoring those that have adopted a, “That’ll do, no one cares anyway,” attitude.

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  1. suzybel
    March 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Any of the Android sites, the little green guy is so cute. Weatherbug and Apple are cool too.

  2. Ignacio
    March 14, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I love all things miniature so I don't have a favorite-favorite icon LOL. But I do think they are important... just think of those "fixed" tabs on most browsers. How would you identify each if it were not because of their distinctive icon?

  3. Alan
    March 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    My favorite favicon is - NONE of them! I dont have them in my address window, I dont have them on my tabs and I dont have them next to all my book marks. To me they are just a fancy coloured waste of space. As you yourself said Dave, who pays attention to them?
    I like my browser to look like my desktop looks - clean and professional rather than like a bag of M&M's.
    I would post a screenshot showing how clean the tabs look without their M&M's but dont know how to do it with this forum.

  4. Paul Benjamin
    March 13, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Tom's Hardware red hammer really stands out on my bookmark toolbar. The hammer in buried in their logo but stands out as favicon.

  5. Nik
    March 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

    yeah please make the makeuseof favicon transparent..

  6. Paul
    March 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

    The Firefox favicon

  7. Sam Park
    March 13, 2015 at 2:56 am

    The MakeUseOf favicon is great-it finally matches with the rest of my browser (I have a dark theme). I could see how light theme users would have a problem with it... Maybe a browser could have two user agents, for example Chrome_Dark and Chrome_Light, and Davison's could be coded so that they are differently displayed, depending on the theme.

  8. likefunbutnot
    March 13, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Imgur's is distinctive and contrasts nicely on almost everything. Black square, green circle. There's an art to even making them memorable enough to stand out, but since I browse with lots of open tabs, I see a lot of them.

    I don't really like the new MUO favicon. The black background doesn't really match anything that's on the site.

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