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With the majority of people reading this likely to own a smartphone or tablet, the chances are you’ll be online and browsing the Web before you even get out of bed every day. But what, we wonder, is the first website you check each morning?

Browsing Before Brushing

We want to know, What Is The First Website You Check Each Morning? Perhaps you are one of those people who is on their smartphone or tablet before you unwillingly climb out of bed. Or perhaps you are more likely to complete your morning ritual before sitting down at your computer with a mug of coffee in hand Buy This: The Greatest Gear For Making Awesome Coffee Buy This: The Greatest Gear For Making Awesome Coffee If your coffee tastes like crap, you're doing it wrong. Great coffee doesn't have to be expensive. Read More . Either way, you can answer this question and help us discover what websites are the most important to our readers.

The aim of this discussion is to build a list of websites our readers are so keen on they cannot wait to visit them each morning. These are the essential domains that you visit so regularly that doing do has become part of your daily routine.

The first site you check every morning may be one of those we previously pinpointed as the most important websites we cannot live without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More . Perhaps you check the news using your favorite source, or perhaps you head to one of the many weather websites What Are The Best Weather Websites? What Are The Best Weather Websites? I'm rather obsessed with the weather. It's not my fault, it's just that I was born and brought up in the U.K., and all British people are obsessed with the weather. I think it's because... Read More available to use. Maybe it’s entertainment that you value above all else, or you may check in on friends via Facebook or Twitter.

There’s a small chance MakeUseOf social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More is the first website you check each morning. Which, if true, is fantastic, and we thank you for the support. However, for this to work, we need you to be honest rather than suck up to us in the hopes of winning that geeky T-shirt rewarded to the Comment Of The Week.


Whatever website it is you view through bleary eyes, we want to know all about it. Just leave a comment below telling us what website you check first each morning, and briefly explain why this particular website is top of your to-do list after your alarm clock wakes you Better Ways To Wake Up: Unique Alarm Clock Apps For Android Better Ways To Wake Up: Unique Alarm Clock Apps For Android Wake up! Isn't it great when someone shakes you up in the morning and makes absolutely sure you’re up? If you’re a serial snoozer like me, you know all about stretching your alarm from five... Read More from your restful slumber.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for their effort.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. SuhasM
    October 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm .. the best source of everyday good stuffs ..

  2. Etescartz
    October 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I first go to

  3. Anne Collins Osman
    October 7, 2014 at 4:28 am


  4. Bhanik
    October 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm


  5. KT
    October 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm
    If you detest financial/political/corporate corruption, this place is your one-stop shop! The comment section kills me!

  6. Nissan K
    October 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I start with my Gmail. I read all the daily rss feeds from different sites I follow. I use Blogtrottr for that.
    So the real answer is Blogtrottr I guesss.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      That would be the one. I hadn't previously heard of that site, but it looks interesting.

  7. likefunbutnot
    October 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Everyone else just didn't want to admit that they too look at smut first. :P

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      You might be right there. But then I'm not always in the mood for smut at 6:30am lol.

  8. Manny R
    October 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Gmail, weather, news.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Which weather and news sites are first on your list?

  9. Bradley
    October 4, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Instagram and google xD

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Google? Which part of the behemoth that is Google?!

  10. A41202813GMAIL
    October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    The Next 24 Hours Sports Live Streamings - Autoracing And Soccer, By This Order Of Precedence .


  11. iMacMike
    October 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    News360... a news aggregator.

  12. Xoandre
    October 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    My browser homepage is set to Facebook. That is the default for me. My news feed contains countless "buzz" items, lots of MakeUseOf material, and family updates.

    After that, I usually check my email and sift through the unwanted daily trash to find the gems of greatness, like the MakeUseOf email containing links to questions and items like this very page.

    I am not brown-nosing. I am genuinely sincere about this. You guys have some awesome posts, great writers, and cool ways of asking for feedback to generate content.

    Alternately, I usually visit /film ( for the latest film and movie news. They generate Hollywood and Independent news in a similar fashion that MakeUseOf generates interesting fresh content daily.

    Very addictive.

    I like to keep up with knowledge of trends. It makes me feel relevant and able to hold a positive conversation when I find someone with similar interests. Not that I actively take on trends myself. Rather, I like to know what the world thinks and does, because I have no one in the "real world" to talk to.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      I can tell you sincere, and we appreciate you not only reading us so regularly but also engaging with the content. You're one of the people I have begun to expect to see commenting on articles, and that's an extremely positive thing :)

      Slashfilm is a great site BTW, I'm also a fan.

  13. Sue
    October 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Inoreader, my news feed reader. I generally start with what I have filed in my fun folder, then my books folder, then my professional news folder, then my local news folder, then my general news folder, then finally my tech news folder.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I'm intrigued to know what sites you have in your fun folder!

  14. Bob
    October 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    CNN, then email

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Any reason why you choose CNN over all of the other news and current affairs websites out there?

    • Bob
      October 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Except during campaign season when I switched to the BBC, I needed to see what was happening specifically for the US before I went to work each day in terms disease, disaster, crashes, environmental problems, etc. Where I got assigned to work for a week or two depended on if there was a significant impact on public health to which the CDC needed to respond. I'm just still in the habit.

  15. Rusty
    October 3, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I was using the default Chrome page (with the 8 frequently visited sites), but since I've checked out the new MSN page,I've used that. So far it loads very quickly, looks sharp and has very good content. (I absolutely do not work for Microsoft.) =)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Ha, I love the disclaimer. The new MSN is very good IMHO. Microsoft is doing good things at the moment.

  16. Sunny Ujjawal
    October 3, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I check my Gmail, FB early in morning for 15 minutes and move to my local news sites.

  17. Sandeep Kodan
    October 3, 2014 at 2:00 am


  18. Larry
    October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am


  19. elhancho
    October 3, 2014 at 12:10 am


    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks! We're pleased to hear it ;)

  20. likefunbutnot
    October 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I start my day with Email.

    Web-wise and setting aside my professional obligations, I check in with forum I share with a small group of friends to see what the Aussies have posted and from there I move on to whatever sites I might be actively contributing to, such as Slashdot or Fark or MUO.

    I don't really close browser tabs, so anything other than that mostly depends on which device I happen to have picked up or sat down and started using. Maybe Imgur or TV Tropes or smut. Probably smut.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Seeing as this is the only comment so far, this is either the worst question I have ever asked, or the lack of a login system has killed We Ask You.

      I don't think I'll be allowed to award a T-shirt to the only comment posted on the thread ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      I posted my reply before a load of comments sitting in Pending were approved. Stupid me.

      I like Imgur, TV Tropes, and, yeah, go on then, smut too.

  21. mouser
    October 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    First site I check when I wake up is the forum:

    You've featured the website many times over the years -- it's small indie group of people who talk about and make computer software. I help run the site so perhaps it's not a surprise that it's the first site I check :)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I'd imagine anyone who owns and runs a website themselves would check there first. I know I would!

  22. Imaduddin Sawal
    October 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Aaah , and there I am , another tech-addicted geek .
    The first thing I check on the internet in the morning ?

    To be frank , it is never that "first" thing. I am a Chrome fan , and as soon as I log into my computer after waking up , I open up gmail , and before it even loads up I've opened up MakeUseof, Lifehacker, Facebook , and InoReader , and not to forget my Online Courses Provider and sometimes .

    And by the time I am finished entering the URLs of all of those the first tab will be loaded and I can peacefully work on that .

    And those are all the websites I can't wait seeing . Maybe some cool new Email's , Cool Tech Articles , new Course Lectures , that are just some of the thing I look forward to in the morning as one would've to newspapers in the 70s !

    Apart, from them due to my very curious nature , most of the time I usually have a question popping up in my head in the morning , maybe related to a dream I had or maybe a creative idea which I had just before sleeping , and therefore sometimes my first tab is replace by Google Search instead of Gmail .

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      In your case it's multiple tabs opening at once then ;)

      I've also Googled the meaning of a dream I've just woken up from, so you're not alone on that score.

  23. Eldgin
    October 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Makeuseof of course!!!

  24. dragonmouth
    October 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm


    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      And from there?

    • dragonmouth
      October 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      The survey asks for "the First website", not for the first two or five or ten.

      But if you must know, it is DesktopLinuxReviews.

  25. Mike
    October 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Feedly, without a doubt. Partly because I have that tab pinned but mostly because I can browse all the posts from various sources (including Make Use Of) that might provide information or inspiration that I can utilize throughout the day. I read those that I have time for and save to Pocket those that I don't for reading later in the day when time permits. I occasionally juggle the feeds when I stumble across a new one I like, but I have to keep the number manageable so they can be browsed in just a few minutes before breakfast.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      That makes a lot of sense. I'm sure you won't be the only person to mention an RSS feed reader.

  26. Doomstar64
    October 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    To be honest its this site called

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Well, that's very nice to hear. Thank you :)

  27. JustReboot
    October 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

  28. Henry Lahore
    October 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    30+ websites via Feedly RSS

  29. Katie F
    October 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The first website I check in the morning is Facebook, mainly to see what ridiculous things my friends have been up to the night before whilst I have been tucked up in bed, reading my uni books or watching the IT Crowd….like the boring geek I am. However I have to say that I don’t stay on Facebook that long as I end up clicking on the various news articles and links my friends have posted (although now they open links inside the Facebook app, I guess that isn't strictly true, I am still on Facebook!) My next port of call is (through Facebook) to the makeuseof articles or giveaways, I am particularly interested in the ones on Linux as this is what my uni course module is currently on and I am also interested in the ones on home automation, buying a new house in the next month is the main influencing factor in this.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      You watch The IT Crowd and are buying a new house... those aren't the actions of a "boring geek." ;)

    • Katie F
      October 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Oh no, trust me, I am classed as a boring geek amongst my friends.....although being boring by their standards is fine by me! I look forward to seeing the results of this, I wonder what is the most popular website to check in the morning!

  30. Peter
    October 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I open my laptop in the morning and am greeted by 7 tabs. In order they are Blogger (i run two blogs), Google+ (personal account), Google+ (page for one of the blogs), Gmail, Outlook, Twitter and Facebook.

    I usually check Facebook first as the wife insists I "help" her on one of her many Facebook games (sigh) as she goes to work before I get up and is a huge geek for Facebook games.

    Once I've got that out of the way I can concentrate on the important stuff and check my emails, then twitter. If there's anything of interest on those I will open up a news site (usually BBC).

    G+ and blogger are checked next for any communications and comments I need to reply to.

    It's a morning ritual that takes around ten minutes but sets up the day up allowing me jump on and off the web at my leisure and get on with the real world.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I love that you have such a strong routine. That's the sign of a true geek ;)

  31. Steve
    October 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    New York Times

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      What made you choose The New York Times over every other newsy-type website out there?

  32. james Bruce
    October 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    MakeUseOf, obviously.

    I jest. Bbc news in bed with a cup of coffee, via the iPad app (the news, not the coffee obviously, though do tell if there's an app for that), then a little reddit, also via iPad alien blue.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      I always knew you were an Apple fanboy. And yes, using an iPad in bed is a sign of fanboyism.

  33. Alex
    October 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      What makes you use BBC News over any other news website?

  34. Thomas Beverley
    October 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Feedly. I get the important news that I'm interested in (along with a few comic strips). My subscriptions mainly consist of tech blogs and sites, (including makeuseof) and local news in my area.

    Second to that though is the typical news site, like bbc news.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      How often do you change the sites whose feeds you get through Feedly? I've always felt feed readers keep people reading the same sites for longer out of habit. Which is no bad thing!

    • Thomas Beverley
      October 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Not often to be honest. I group my feeds by those I want to check every article on and those that I just want to check through to kill time. If I find a site that's really interesting though it gets added in.

  35. Jurmescu Cristian
    October 2, 2014 at 7:03 am

    My browser opens with the " last visited tabs" which always are : MUO-->Aol-->Radio21-->Fb-->WikiHow

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I'm glad we make the cut! That's some good company we're keeping :)

  36. Amar
    October 2, 2014 at 5:04 am

    BBC news followed by Android Police.
    BBC gives great & wide news coverage, the Android app is great.
    Android Police is my site to get updates on the Android world.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      All on your Android smartphone, I'm guessing? Or perhaps tablet?

    • Amar
      October 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Mainly on the tablet (Note 10.1 2014). The BBC Android app is superb as displaying key news.

  37. Angus
    October 2, 2014 at 4:41 am - All my feeds, in one cool place! Breakfast of champions!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I'm surprised more people haven't name feed readers during this discussion.

  38. Chinmay S
    October 2, 2014 at 4:33 am

    MakeUseOf. It's the only website I check every morning and every night.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      That is really nice to hear, Chinmay. As long as you keep reading, we'll keep delivering content :)

  39. Tavo
    October 2, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Good morning! :)
    The first site i check every morning is gmail. Its like checking reak mailbox every day. You know there isnt nothing good, but you have to check anyway

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Ain't that the truth. I always wake up to a barrage of emails from PR people hawking their latest terrible products and services!

  40. Anonymous
    October 2, 2014 at 4:14 am


  41. Faizan Iqbal
    October 2, 2014 at 3:46 am

    The one that I am checking right now early in the morning, its none other than

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      That's nice to hear!

  42. Andrew
    October 2, 2014 at 2:46 am - the best weather site. Then over to

  43. X-Wing @Aliciousness
    October 2, 2014 at 2:19 am

    My home page

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      What made you choose Bing over Google?

  44. Alan Walker
    October 2, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Lifehacker and MakeUseOf in that order.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Should we be annoyed we're only second on the list? No, because Lifehacker is a great website. Thanks for putting us in such fine company.

  45. Sam Paek
    October 2, 2014 at 2:00 am

  46. remy
    October 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I always check out
    Super positive

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