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We have had a rather momentous year here at MakeUseOf social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More . There have been personnel changes, new sections started, columns ended, and, above all, lots and lots of amazing articles designed to help you make better use of technology.

The question is, which was your personal favorite? We’re hoping everybody reading this can point to at least one article they commented on, shared, or bookmarked for future reference. And now is the time to tell us all about your favorite article from the past year.

2014: The Year Of MakeUseOf

We want to know, What Was Your Favorite MakeUseOf Article Of 2014?

The holidays 10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays 10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays It has arrived. There is no doubting it now. We are in the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday signaling its starting point. It's less than a month until Christmas, when cards, gifts, and... Read More mean less articles will be published than normal on MakeUseOf for the next couple of weeks. But don’t despair! This just gives us all the perfect opportunity to sift through the articles already published during 2014.


This is no small feat, as we’re talking several thousand articles. We know, we work far too hard putting this website together for you all. But that’s because we fervently believe in what we do, and you’re worth it. Yes, even the trolls and spammers that blight our days with their nonsense.


We would love you all to scroll through 300-odd pages of articles, with the January posts starting around about here. However, we would hope most of you have better things to do.

However, ideally you will already have a couple of articles in mind as you read this. These will be the articles that really resonated with you, offering a solution to a problem, discussing a better way of doing something you consider a bad habit, or entertaining you to the point of apoplexy.


If an article was published on MakeUseOf in 2014 then it counts, and you are the arbiters charged with determining which articles make the list. Simply post link to your favorite article(s) in the comments section below, and we’ll do the rest. While a link will make my job a whole lot easier, a brief description should suffice.

We Need You!

All comments will be read and most will earn a reply, before the responses are turned into an article. Those readers providing the best comments will be thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to crowdsourcing the wisdom of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you. This is as true heading into 2015 as it was throughout 2014.

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  1. Von Adam Martinez
    January 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I enjoyed reading a lot of articles here specially if it is about security and privacy.

  2. Nev
    December 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Without doubt my favourite makeuseof article was “The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees” on 9th April, 2014. After reading this I installed Linux Mint and have never looked back since

  3. likefunbutnot
    December 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    My least favorite are the self-serving articles that accuse those of us who justifiably choose to use ad blocking software of being content thieves. One writer even went so far as to accuse me of being ignorant of the facts regarding the matter.

    My favorite articles are, almost to a one, the articles that actually manage to create discussion in the comment section. MUO's comments section REALLY needs improvement, but I've had several interesting discussions. I enjoy engaging with Dave P as the author most likely to respond in the comments and dragonmouth and KT should get some recognition for being other frequent participants.

    Tina Sieber's Windows articles are usually quite informative insofar as I frequently find myself forwarding them to other people. I also appreciate Mark O'Neill and Justin Pot's work. I think the items I have shared more than anything else this year has been the long form LastPass/Xmarks guide or the shorter but still quite comprehensive guide to Avast.

  4. A41202813GMAIL
    December 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    More Or Less A Year Ago, I Had A Bad Homesick Feeling When PCWORLD Closed Their Forums - Their Loss.

    I Found MUO And I Became A Fan.

    I Have Only Explored 50% Of It, Because I Have Yet To Try Your Answer Section - I Am Sure It Is Only A Matter Of Time For My 'Fanwood' To Increase A Lot.

    @DP, Your, 'Inagoodway', Clickbait Articles Are The Ones That Attract Me The Most.

    Thank You All And Keep Up The Good Work.

  5. Lana
    December 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I love the ones where you list the most popular web apps of the moment.

  6. KT
    December 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    The internet arcade article. A lot of those games really took me back to my childhood.

  7. bnjohanson
    December 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Any of the rare articles that are written that don't include rantings of your typical Liberal Left-Loon dogma garbage that so exposes this place as being run by young, deeply naive, Utopian wall-lickers that is so reflective of every generation of smart asses that haven't quite grown-up yet, and as a consequence, quite good subject matter that reeks of pathetic, arm-waving, under-developed cry babies... know the ones and they're quite good.

    • Ben S
      December 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      As a writer who doesn't lean to the left in the slightest, and barely sees any sort of political bent from any of my fellow writers, I'm curious as to which articles you're referring.

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 27, 2014 at 1:42 am

      I believe you're commonly referred to as a troll. You know the ones....

  8. pete
    December 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I've spent most of the year researching Chromebooks and have found many article on MUO to be a good start for my needs.
    There have been many articles this year (and last) although this one ( was a good starting point when trying to narrow down a list of all the different types and models out there.

    I've bored the wife with so much info about them that she now plans to buy one in the January sales! (I'm still making my mind up.... I'm a fuss pot like that! haha)

    I rely on MUO quite a bit as, from years of use, I know I can trust the authors of posts to give their honest opinion on a range of subjects. I don't always agree with what is written, but that's what makes it worth while - anyone who can change my mind and educate me on a subject is worth bookmarking and returning back to!

  9. Chuck
    December 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I loved all your infographs and flowcharts especially the ones on videogaming and the one on happiness!Your site is awesome.More power to the staff of makeuseof and of course happy holidays :)

  10. Rafael
    December 26, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Picking the best article is very difficult. I'm a DIYer, so I think I'll going on that way.

    I came to this site because I was looking on the web for making a media centre. I found excellent guides about xbmc, plex, and a lot of ideas for a media centre. But, there was one that most grabbed my attention:

    I'm yet on this project, but I've done great advances to accomplishing it. So, this is my favourite article of MakeUseOf in 2014.

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