What One Website Do You Value Above All Others? [You Told Us]

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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.

The Results

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, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives 150 points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards.

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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.

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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Comments (15)
  • harley bellwood

    I like About.com for a lot of general stuff.

  • David Breeden

    I discovered http://www.refdesk.com several years ago, quickly made it my goto page for all things.

    P.S. Why does someone have to be attacked simply because they mention a site? I speak to spanky, who wrote “Drudge Report? God god. What a load of crap.”
    My guess is that we should check with spanky before we post something.

  • Rick Summer

    My good thoughts about your site are now a bit diminished since you mention (and thereby commend) the right wing trash of Drudge Report.

    • Dave Parrack

      If we link to The Pirate Bay are we condoning piracy? No, we’re merely telling readers that this site exists, feel free to check it out. If you’re a liberal and it has a conservative bias then you won’t stick around. What harm has been done? Funnily enough a commenter from the other side of the fence picked me up for questioning the integrity of Fox News.

    • Elizabeth

      How about some alternative political blogs, like Reason, Democracy Now and Disobey.com? Not everything important in the news is measured by Dame Rupert or the Puffnstuff Post. MTV’s Kurt Loder blogs at Reason. He’s a Libertarian and also a genius.

      Also, it doesn’t hurt to see how the other half thinks. I truly believe we’ve become so polarized and ignorant on both sides because thanks to like-minded communities (i.e. blogs and social-media sites/forums), the Internet has enabled us just to hear what we want to and ignore what others think. And as written above, there’s always a third- or even fourth-party perspective that probably nobody is bothering to hear.

      Wouldn’t hurt for a liberal to read Drudge or Hannity every so often or a conservative to hit up Slate or Huffpo. But MUO is not a politics blog, so I’ll refrain from airing my slant here.

  • Nick

    It’s a shame 9GAG is on there. At least half of the stuff that gets posted on 9GAG has a Reddit watermark and can easily be found on /r/funny. The other half contains 50% reposts and 50% original content. Also a lot of stuff spreads like this: 4Chan => Reddit => 9GAG => Memebase (equivalents) => Facebook/Twitter => Translated to another language

    • Dave Parrack

      It’s certainly more of a middleman than an originator, but someone suggested it so it made the list :)

  • bben

    These alternatives are all well and good. (I use 5 of them, but none would have made my own list) But, What’s the answer to the question?
    I expected to see an actual list with percentage of respondents who gave that answer instead of nothing but a list of alternatives to something.

    • Dave Parrack

      The point of the question wasn’t to produce a list of how many people suggested particular websites. Google would always come out on top anyway. Instead, it was to gain an insight into which sites are invaluable to individuals. The ‘You’ of the title refers to an individual, not the collective. We’ve then shared 10 of the sites mentioned so others may gain the use of them.

    • bben

      Thank you, evidently, I didn’t understand the question.

    • Dave Parrack

      I think you understood the question, just not the way we deliver the results. If you want to see finite results listed by popularity then check out the weekly poll conducted by Yaara. :)

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