I must admit I’m a little addicted to the Web. Not only is it my place of work, it’s where I often choose to hang out during any downtime. I search for random things on Google, I learn new things on Wikipedia, I watch videos on YouTube, talk to people on Facebook and Twitter, buy crap on eBay, and consume awesomeness via Reddit.
The seven websites mentioned above comprise the list of essential websites I recently suggested keep the Web turning. The article was originally titled ‘The Seven Wonders Of The World Wide Web‘ but sadly someone beat me to that catchy play on words. This piece prompted a somewhat obtuse reaction from readers, with each selection accepted or rejected in turn. Beyond that even the very notion that any website could be so important was condemned by some.
This is obviously a subject ripe for debate, hence it’s the basis for this week’s We Ask You column.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? I must immediately rule out MakeUseOf for fear that the comments section of this article will become a back-slapping love fest. We know we’re great, you know we’re great, and the rest of the world will one day know we’re great. Until then we’d like to have an open and honest discussion about the most important sites currently inhabiting the Web.
This is meant to be a very personal question. We don’t want to know what the most popular website is, or which website you’ve heard friends or family members talking about in reverential tones. Instead we want to know the one website which you feel adds the most value to your life.
Think about the sites you visit on a daily or weekly basis. Which one do you head for first? Which one provides you with the most worth? Which one is consistently useful? Or even necessary for you to get through the day?
My personal choice is Techmeme, because as someone who writes almost exclusively about technology it provides me with a running commentary of what is happening in that world at any given moment. By scanning the headlines and reading the stories which interest me I can build an overall picture of the trends that are emerging. Hence its inclusion in the list of websites computer geeks hang out at.
We want the name of a website and an explanation of why it’s important to you. Simple.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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