Time.com recently released a list of the top 10 websites we can’t live without. And they are:
Of the ten, I regularly use only two (Google, Facebook), and sporadically use a handful of others (Wikipedia, Craigslist, ESPN, Flickr). I have no need to use Yahoo! Finance, never heard of Yelp or TMZ, and don’t understand Digg.
As for my list, I would keep Google and Facebook, and add others. My list would look more like this:
1. Gmail (obvious email reasons, plus not-so-obvious Google Chat reasons)
2. CBS Sportsline (more user-friendly than ESPN, though I have been turned off lately by their journalistic qualities, or lack thereof)
3. Yahoo! Fantasy Sports
4. Christian/Evangelical/Reformed blogs (Challies, Between Two Worlds, Ligonier, Pyromaniacs, etc…they are great for keeping abreast of current issues and trends in the Christian sphere)
5. Facebook (not as addicted as I used to be, but still a staple in my routine)
6. Amazon (great book/music/store resource…though I prefer to get my books from the Westminster Bookstore)
7. Pandora “Radio” (for when I forget my iPod at work)
8. Bible Gateway (for when I forget my Bible at work)
9. White Horse Inn/Ligonier Ministries (for excellent WHI and R.C. Sproul podcasts)
You might notice that news sites are conspicuously missing from my list. This is mainly because I don’t particularly like news, especially news from American media (including the local Virginian-Pilot, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, etc.; local is typically worse than national). When I do look for news and have time to visit several sites, I usually go with a combination of BBC, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera English, The Drudge Report, and the New York Times or Washington Post. I’ll sometimes check headlines at MSNBC and CNN, too, just to see what the U.S.-centric media are talking about. I like to try to get a good mix of perspectives with news, and in order to get a decent update on international affairs especially, you have to go outside the American media. I smell a post coming on news media in general, especially because I’m more fired up than usual about it after my Global Media & Culture class.
I’d be interested to hear/read what sites are popular with you. A top 10 list isn’t necessary if you don’t want to, but it does score bonus points.
PS. As an aside, I just noticed that this is my 100th post! Woohoo!