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10 Excellent Ways to Waste Time Online

Tina Sieber 09-05-2008

The greatest luxury of our time is time itself. Thus it’s a deadly sin to simply waste it. As we all know time is relative and the more fun you have, the faster time passes. Being bored is the most cruel way to waste time. So, in our quest to happiness, I advise you never to be bored, always be occupied and busy, and most of all, enjoy what you’re doing!

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These are my TOP 10 in covering time gaps with more joy and less boredom:

1. Ask 500 People

10 Excellent Ways to Waste Time Online wastetime02 What a hilarious site, promising to show you the world opinion while you watch. It’s not just a boring poll, it’s an interactive experience! A question, a map of the world with pins for each vote, the current results, a list of countries that recently voted and lots more.

I love the design, it’s very well done. To vote for the question at hand, pull down the green vote tab in the top right corner of the map, and click your answer. As I’m writing this they’re asking “Do you pee in the shower?”. No one said polls had to be relevant, right? To vote on more important matters, choose the Upcoming Questions tab at the bottom of the map, and click a question that interests you.

Why is it worth it to sign up? Because you will be able to vote on the best open questions, submit your own questions, leave a comment, create yet another cool profile, set different options, and become famous.

This site has also been profiled in the MUO directory.

2. Guess-the-Google

A 5×5 square of Google images, all fetched with the same keyword, and you have to guess which one. Fun little game and there’s a highscore to beat too. Good luck!

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3. Tastespotting

Go through mouthwatering images, recipes and food instructions. You’ll be dying to run to the kitchen and prepare something delicious or even healthy. I loved the post about frozen eggs, now I want to know what it feels like. The one about the Mocha Melted Ice-Cream Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting almost made me violate my diet. *bites lips* Oh food, one of the three best sources of joy and youth!

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The other two are sleep and sex. Just in case you were wondering.

4. Not Always Right

I used to get a kick out of these “help desk” fun mails. You know, like the one where the customer complains about their computer not working and over the course of the conversation it turns out there was a blackout in the whole street! I screamed with laughter.

These days joke mails are annoying time wasters, reading blogs is much cooler. This site is full with stories like the one above. Anyone can add their own quotes or vote on existing ones.

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5. LiveMarks

This site has been an addiction and blogging inspiration of mine for almost two years. The design is dull, but the whole idea is pretty interesting. On the left you see the top recent bookmarks from social bookmarking sites and on the right all bookmarks scroll by as people bookmark them. There is lots of junk on both sides, but it’s worth following since there are many gems to be caught, even ones that don’t ever make it to Digg. ;)

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timeIn May last year, I wrote about 5 Excellent Ways to Waste Time Online 10 Excellent Ways to Waste Time Online Read More . Check it out if you haven’t already. A year has passed and I have come across many more ways to find entertainment online.

Here is a list of the 5 most efficient websites in keeping you busy and entertained in times of boredom. Besides MakeUseOf that is.

Warning: Do not continue reading unless you have some time to spare!

6. Google Image Labeler (no longer available)

I had mentioned this in the original post, but couldn’t quite remember the name of the game. Recently, I found the link! So here it is. One of the most addicting online team actions provided by Google.

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You team up with a second player, you’re provided with a random image and a few off-limits labels and then it’s your goal to guess the same alternative label for any given image during the time limit of 2 minutes.

This game actually has a useful background. It’s designed to improve the relevance of image search results.

7. FAIL Blog

Great blogs are always awesome time wasters. FAIL Blog is a prime example.

intelligence failure

You’ll find all sorts of funny images, stories and videos that document failure. Readers can vote for each post besides leaving comments.

8. idaft

Daft Punk rules! And now you can annoy your friends, family or co-workers with this idaft music station. Work the buttons using your keyboards or the screen. Makes for hours of fun!

Daft Punk

Goes right with this video here:
Now try that at home! :D

9. Random.org

A website dedicated to randomness. Flip a coin, roll dice, play card shuffler, engage in a third-party draw (requires login), generate a Jazz scale or make a lottery quick pick – all 100% random.

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Need to know more? Check out the background information and statistics, find some random quotations and view your quota.

10. Throw Paper!

The fan produces wind, the speed and direction can be seen on the paper basket, which is your target.

hit

Can you hit the target?

Now if you just wasted too much time, maybe you’ll need some better tools to track the time you waste online. Check out Shankar’s article about 5 Tools to Track How Much Time you Waste while Online The 6 Best Time Tracking Software and Apps It's vital to track your time if you want to get the most out of your day. Here are the best time tracking apps you should try. Read More .

What are your favorite time waster fillers on the world wide web? Please share with us in the comments! Bonus points for the person that comes up with the URL to that site where you team up live with another player to guess the Google tag of a shown picture. Nasty little game, just like #2, unfortunately I lost the link!

Image credits: rizeli53

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  1. Jane Doe
    October 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I want to say that I have an entire Blog dedicated to this topic.

    • Tina
      October 21, 2009 at 11:46 am

      LOL That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

  2. Smily
    January 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    StumbleUpon should definitely be there. Along with the failblog.org

  3. shadowdude1794
    November 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Stumble Upon should be at the very top of that list...

  4. brian
    November 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    you forgot stumble upon

  5. MOin
    November 13, 2008 at 10:46 am

    if you like livemarks give popurls.com a try you'll love it more good looking and coving shit loads of recent popular bookmarks.

  6. MELISSA
    October 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    LOVE IT,,,

  7. boris
    May 26, 2008 at 2:55 am

    storg.net is another good one

  8. Jeff
    May 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Tina, thank you so much for that TasteSpotting link! I'm going to live on that site.

  9. Sanjay Sharma
    May 14, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Excellent! It is marvelous. There is also another site currentgk.com and you will be benefited a lot. What an idea!

  10. Sergio Gandrus
    May 12, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Good post but the google-game is 5x4 ;)

  11. Planet Lowyat
    May 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Reading your blog is the most wasting time online.... hahhah joking.....

    • Aibek
      May 15, 2008 at 12:26 am

      I'll take it as a compliment. :-)

  12. Aaron Dragushan
    May 11, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Thanks for the review guys!

  13. Arslan
    May 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Bek digg knopku ben koidum. Haberin olsun.

  14. Someone
    May 10, 2008 at 5:56 am

    For the bonus point:
    The URL is: http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

    • Tina
      May 10, 2008 at 7:51 am

      Yes, that's it!! Thanks Someone. :)

  15. Ankit
    May 10, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I love eating and the Tastespotting one just wants me to gobble up each one of those dishes :D

    But unfortunately, I ain't that good at cooking so maybe I will have to satisfy myself by just looking at such tasty food.

  16. Mackenzie
    May 10, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Ooo that Google one is fun. I told my roommate about it. She said it sounded like a Mackenzie game -_-

  17. Manoj
    May 9, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Where is MakeUseOf? ;)