The Web is a huge collection of disparate pages which continue to expand and multiply. The old adage that you can find a page dedicated to any and all subjects on the Web (no matter how niche they may be) is based very much in reality. If you don’t believe me, go to Google (or Bing, or DuckDuckGo) and type in a random word or phrase. There’s a high probability you’ll get a result, and you’ll probably get thousands of results.
However, despite the sheer size and scale of the Web as it stands today, most people will stick to a narrow set of sites. A particular individual may only visit a handful of websites on a daily basis, deeming them absolutely essential. Having written about the 7 Most Important Websites We Can’t Live Without, I then threw the subject out to the MakeUseOf readership to dissect and discuss as they saw fit.
We asked you, What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? The response was fantastic, with dozens of you welcoming the opportunity to put forward your suggestions for the single most important website for you as an individual. The full list of sites mentioned can be seen on the comments thread of the last post, but several deserve highlighting here.
Among those we fully expected to see were Google (and all its derivatives and associated services), Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Wikipedia. But there were some great alternatives suggested, 10 of which are linked to and briefly described below. All should be of interest to MakeUseOf readers, offering geeky goodness of some description.
StackOverflow – A question-and-answer site for programmers and developers.
IMDb – The full title of Internet Movie Database says it all.
FileHippo – A download site for freeware and shareware.
TVTropes – A wiki detailing creative conventions and devices.
9GAG – Funny images and memes aplenty.
DrudgeReport – News headlines and columns delivered without fuss.
WinCustomize – Customization options for Microsoft Windows.
Tumblr – A mix of micro-blogging, memes, and random content.
Kickstarter – A crowd-funding platform for a range of projects.
Popurls – A content aggregator pulling in multiple feeds.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Nals Soliman, Vishal Srivastava, and Jay Yang, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to James Howde, who receives the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this:
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.
This comment was chosen because it pinpoints a website that really doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In the UK, the BBC is well-known and well-respected, but it’s a different story in other territories. While there is a UK bias, the BBC homepage offers something for everyone (including weather forecasts). I’ve also yet to experience the site being down, so that’s another reason to check it out.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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