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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 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 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 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More .

We want the name of a website and an explanation of why it’s important to you. Simple.

Drawing Conclusions

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.

Image Credit: Duncan Hull

  1. Angela Missouri
    June 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Well, besides MakeUseOf, I think I'd have to say Amazon. It's seriously making me poor. I can't even help myself from getting on there, searching for some random thing just to see if it's there, which it ALWAYS is so I've yet to find something that's not there! Then, I always end buying something else that I end up stumbling on during my search, that I definitely do not need, but decide that I really want anyway!! Lol.

  2. Elizabeth
    January 30, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Make Use Of! :-D

    Seriously though... if MUO is DQed for obvious reasons ;-) then I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Pirate's Bay. :-P

    How about a website that I HATE above all else? If so that would be FAILBOOK. Never used it and never will.

    I'm a little scared of Readit (sp?) because I've heard it's similar to 4-Chan and Craig's List. I was nonetheless heartbroken to hear of Aaron Swartz's suicide and infuriated at the reasons behind his unjust persecution by our corrupt federal government. But I'm still a little wary nonetheless.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

      We can't promote piracy, so The Pirate Bay is a no-no too.

      Reddit is a more mainstream version of 4Chan, but nothing at all like Craigslist.

  3. Karan
    January 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The most popular website has to be google. I use it everyday in my life

  4. Jack
    January 27, 2013 at 6:38 am


  5. Sean M
    January 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    My favourite is about:blank. Always start with a clean slate

    • Elizabeth
      January 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

      There's no place like ;-)

  6. Ana Georgievska
    January 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm


  7. Ana Georgievska
    January 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm


  8. Edgardo Gonzalez Pereyra
    January 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    By the way, I wrote my comment, just after reading the article title, and read the article after and about the reward...Just saying, you guys, at least for me, don't need stimulus... :)

  9. Edgardo Gonzalez Pereyra
    January 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Not because is you my friend, but yes I watch documentaries, search for information, etc, but with you guys, it is difficult to catch up with all the interesting and useful articles you post! Also, your marketing and strategy for make us to keep coming back, at least for me, really works...
    Thank you for the great work and effort!

  10. Anonymous
    January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    iGoogle is my favorite! I don't know what I'll do for a homepage when they disable it November 1st!! When I log on every morning, iGoogle, AOL, Facebook & Twitter automatically open! ;-)

  11. Ivan Biolango
    January 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    My Yahoo email address is the first website did visit before other sites will follow. My email will received a lot of emails from other websites where my subscription is active. I made a lot of subscription in other websites for additional enhancement of my knowledge to what is happening around the world.

  12. David Brown
    January 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    i visit makeuseof every day

  13. Alberto Lerma
    January 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I use on daily basis, you get news from around the world and the most popular topics on Hacker news, Dzone, NY times, Slashdot, Wired, Pinboard and LifeHacker amongst much more. I just love it. Also MakeUseOf is pretty cool too.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

      As aggregators go popurls is exceptional. Do you use the new Digg?

      • Alberto Lerma
        January 27, 2013 at 7:31 am

        Yeah back in the day when crashed an burnt PopUrls welcomed me with open arms and I just stick around ever since.

        The thing with Digg is.. I really dunno.. I don't think it's bad or anything I just don't "love it" it should be the obvious transition (from but like StumbleUpon we don't really *click* you know what I mean?

        • Dave Parrack
          January 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

          I do know what you mean. Certain websites hold a certain appeal to individuals that will remain despite others telling them to check out alternatives. Thanks for your contribution.

  14. Andrew Lindsay
    January 26, 2013 at 6:00 am, specifically the forums. Not only do I have the opportunity to learn about one of my hobbies from folks much more skillful and experienced than myself, I also appreciate the well thought out opinions and depth of knowledge (from all influences around the world) found there. It is likely the most well moderated forum I have ever encountered. The tone and language of posts must be appropriate and polite. No spamming, trolling, flaming, invective or other personal attacks against anyone (forum member or other) is allowed. "Drive-by", purely political, conspiracy, end-of-the-world, illegal activity, copyright violation posts are not tolerated. Topics are informative, polite, and must be related to firearms, accessories or civil liberties issues. No exceptions. The "Law and Civil Rights" section is frequented by some of the most knowledgeable folks in jurisprudence that I have encountered. Regardless of a person's personal stance on current civil liberty issues, this is a forum well worth joining.

    • Elizabeth
      January 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

      I assume it is a site about guns. Hell yeah, patriot, I hear you! Now there's a site that's probably on the U.S. hit list along with Pirate's Bay and Dramatica. Sometimes I wonder if there isn't a 10 Most Wanted Websites list secret to the FBI. Eventually, WordPress and Blogger will probably be there too. Doggone citizens, how dare they take that whole notion of freedom of speech to heart ;-)

  15. Jay Yang
    January 26, 2013 at 4:59 am and

    Kickstarter b/c it is a constant reminder and inspiration for grass-root supported innovation. b/c of the unfiltered information on the policymakers and their associated policy recommendations, especially those concerning shaping how the internet may operate in the US.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Kickstarter is an especially good call. There's a lot of great stuff on there, more than I could ever actually afford to help fund.

  16. jc
    January 26, 2013 at 3:50 am can get enough eye candy and amazing articles, and comedy.

  17. Chris Knopff
    January 26, 2013 at 3:37 am

    It's either gmail or hotmail. Either seem to be accessed a lot and are relatively important. The other would be the portal for my job. Yes, I access it even on my days off.

  18. Mel Cartera
    January 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Chronological Bible Blog (

    It's where I draw my daily spiritual nourishment from.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Although I'm not religious I can certainly see the worth of that site for those who are. Thanks for the contribution.

  19. Michael H
    January 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    While my site is one I rarely head to, but that's one of the best things about it, and it definitely gives me the most worth, useful, and has become necessary. That for me would be Zapier. Without it I would never be able to keep my numerous cloud drives organized, keep up with RSS feeds and other social updates, or take advantage of my android/pc automation.

    On a side note, and not just trying to back-slap love fest ya, MakeUseOf would cover the first category of the first site I head to.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I Googled Zapier-sounds interesting to check out. Thanks!

      • Michael H
        January 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        Anytime! Let me know how you like it!

  20. James Howde
    January 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The BBC.

    I know it's a boring choice and I don't go there every day but whenever I see one of those stories where you think 'that cant be right' it's where I go to see if somebody is talking rubbish.

    As an extra benefit it is a short url and almost always up so it's also the one I use to check if my connection is ropey or another web site is down.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

      That's not boring at all. I love the BBC website. Aside from Google News it's my go-to for big stories.

  21. Albert Harris
    January 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    +1 for Google Reader. Everything I do on my computer originates from there.

  22. Dylan D
    January 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Tumblr. That is the first thing I go on and the last thing I "log off", being honest here dont even remember what the log in page looks like.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I'm a big fan of Tumblr too. What sort of content interests you the most on there?

  23. Jeff
    January 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Google. It is the key to the rest.

  24. Joseph Ritchie
    January 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    While Google helps me find any site I need and Facebook keeps me connected with family and friends, there is one site that I have visited next to daily for several years. That would be the wonderful pages of Though there is much to be learned from the pages of the site itself, it is in the forums where one can become infinitely lost in the magic of holiday decorating! From easy creations that will take no more than $10 or 10 minutes of your time, to much more in depth creations that some have spent years perfecting, there is a plethora of information for every holiday decorator, no matter how big or small the decorating effort.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Great pick! I'm guessing your house is awash with color and decorations come December. Which is no bad thing :)

      • Elizabeth
        January 30, 2013 at 2:05 am

        Speaking of "Christmas," you should visit It actually has nothing to do with winter holidays (the site is named for the guy who owns it, one John December), but it is a great resource of quick reference for web design and all things programmer and web developer. By far the most popular feature is the HTML/RGB color chart, which even has a "palette hub" allowing you to spin the color wheel and name your own. Kind of like a 21st-century update of those old Crayola naming contests from "back in the day." :-)

        • Dave Parrack
          January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

          Killer domain name, good content, but that site could do with a visual overhaul. It looks like something from the 1990s!

  25. Marianne Martin
    January 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I really value!! I find everyday I look forward to the new information that is packed in their newsletter. Lots of good reading and free software, but more than the free software I value the reviews. I personally think the reviews are unbiased and I really appreciate that!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

      We appreciate that you appreciate us :) Unfortunately I kinda banned ourselves from inclusion in this to avoid a lovefest. :)

  26. Alan Wade
    January 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    For me it has to be It is a site that I visit at least twice every day looking for new themes, icons and walls. Customizing is in my blood so after doing the daily round up of new tweaks etc I have to check out the latest skins.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      I love that site too, but I make a point to visit it about once per month, because if I do it daily I'd burn my quota downloading everything then don't have enough time to put them into use. Without customizations, it doesn't feel like your very own computer, yes?

  27. HotRodW
    January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm - snapshot of the news with interesting headlines. After that, it's off to the RSS feeds.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Do you not feel Drudge Report could do with a makeover? It looks exactly the same as when I first encountered it about 10 years ago.

      • HotRodW
        January 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        Sure. It's not a perfect and slick site, but it shows the power of content. A good Drudge reader app is always pinned to the start screen of my phone, and that provides a better interface.

        • Dave Parrack
          January 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

          That's very true. It should be 99% about the content rather than the visuals. Good pick.

  28. Vipul Jain
    January 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I might be bashed up for this but for me the one site above all is Facebook! (Yes over Google too.)
    This is because I have passed out of my school & college, and now it's really tough for everyone to meet up. Not everyone is on Whatsapp or any mobile messaging app.
    So at present FB is the only site through which we can save our talktime :D

    Apart from staying in touch, FB's biggest use is as a Birthday Calendar :P
    Also the occasional use as a 9GAG website or sharing stuff with friends is a great asset.
    Songpop & Draw Some give a great way to kill time. So all in all FB is a site without which I wouldn't die but it'll be a great deal of work to do what it does for me.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I feel the same about Facebook. It may be evil in some ways but it's the best social network by quite a long way, as far as I'm concerned.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Since you have valid reason to use that, I will not bash you. You're certainly one who actually make use of social network for real life relationships.

  29. Vishal Srivastava
    January 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The first one I open always is . I also visit Facebook twice a day. Google is the search engine I hit whenever something needs to be searched. I visit this site once a day just to check out something I don't know. I visit Reddit as well to stay updated about the LUG that I'm part of.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

      A website dedicated solely to the making of robots? That's freakin' awesome!

  30. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I think Google and its derivatives are no-brainer and shouldn't count-since they'd be ones most of us use.
    I visited MakeUseOf daily, trying to participate in the Answers the best I can since I feel indebted to the site for the daily dose of knowledge. I used to visit HowtoGeek daily too, but nowadays I go there just for the comics.
    Next is WordPress. Even if I don't write anything, I can spend hours reading people's posts. Wikipedia is okay and a good starting point for any research, but I'd then head to specific websites catering for the entry I'm looking for.
    The most essential site to me?
    No doubt TVTropes. It has been a source of childish fun since I discovered it. I can't open in from my browser normally for unknown reason, hence why I'm not a member of the site, but with Google Cache I can bypass the error and read to my heart's content. Along with precious example on bad writing and how to avoid doing so, to humorous comment on almost everything you can imagine. It also helps me view things differently and uncover new layer of understanding over a particular work. Recommended if you need geeky fun.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

      TVTropes is geeky goodness! Thanks for the suggestions and reasons behind them :)

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        January 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        Yeah. It takes a lot of my time too.

  31. Bernard Sullivan
    January 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Google- using the soon to be no more Igoogle page. It has a gadget allowing me to view my Gmail account, today's weather and news, and of course Google Reader which has all of my feeds. If I am looking for something else, there is of course the ubiquitous search box at the top of the page.

  32. Gianluca Ferrario
    January 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Mine is MedicinABC, that's my wife's blog about medicine (in Spanish). It's not more useful than other websites, but we are very satisfied about it.

  33. Rama moorthy
    January 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

    No doubts google for everyone ..! and some other sites which I visit daily basis is FileHippo , MUO , Twiiter , Facebook , and Google Reader ...!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

      FileHippo is one nobody has mentioned yet. Thanks for the input :)

  34. Nals Soliman
    January 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Google is a staple site for me (or at least for all other millions of people) but as for the last three years, personally, I would say it is Supreme Court e-Library. It's easy to guess, I'm a law student, so no surprise(!) there. The site is not just a staple site in my chosen field, it is what helps me survive every grueling days of running recitations and examinations. It may not be the coolest site, but it is packed with branches of knowledge rolled into one and movie-in-the-making-stories that it makes studying all the more interesting and challenging. It may not mean so much to others, but I live and breathe with this site now and for my final year in school and the years to come when I hopefully am able to pass the bar and practice law. So it may not be the coolest one, but it is the most valuable for me since the present and future me will live with it.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Great answer. That's not a site that most people would be aware of but it's one that is absolutely essential for you.

  35. Rubis Song
    January 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Google seems to me the power switch for my computer. It's from there that everything start in my computer. I use a lot of their service: email, translator, feed reader, i will definitively be happy as long as this on is running!

  36. Tug Ricks
    January 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Beyond the basics (Google/Reader/Gmail), I'm pretty sure several years of my childhood were lost at IMDb.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I love IMDb. I could spend hours on there. Wait, I DO spend hours on there.

  37. Jeremy Garnett
    January 25, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Well it's more of a service, being as it is a feed reader. Mine is feedly,com.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I'll try and feature essential Web services on We Ask You in the near future. That way Feedly can enjoy its moment in the sun :)

  38. Art Spencer
    January 25, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I have to answer this with 2 sites, because there are two ways I value websites. There are sites I like and enjoy, and sites I need. Both have value, just a different kind of value. On the like side, there is Google Reader. It's fun to glean the web for what I want to read. On the need side, I have Toodledo. This website helps keep me organized and moving forward on my many tasks. I'd be lost without it. I value both of these sites an equal amount.

  39. Eric Jay Palomar
    January 25, 2013 at 4:40 am

    it would be google. it's where i usually go to search and do other web activities.

  40. Junil Maharjan
    January 25, 2013 at 4:32 am


  41. Manuel Guillermo López Buenfil
    January 25, 2013 at 4:30 am

    It has to be Google: it is my homepage, and I use it on a daily basis, more than any other website.

  42. Brent Clark
    January 25, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Google Reader: a culmination of all my valued sites. First place I go every day.

  43. Florin Ardelian
    January 25, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Google; if you're looking for an answer outside of the list of 7, then it's StackOverflow.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      StackOverflow was mentioned several times in the comments of the other article, so thank you for mentioning it here :)

  44. Duff Porteous
    January 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Free Technology for Teachers

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