While I’ve been thinking about stuff to write for this place I was thinking about what I like to do concerning the internet. The thing I most like to do is find new websites/blogs etc. It fascinates me what is out there and how they look etc. So I thought it might be an idea to do a little post on my top five most used websites. As I was compiling my five I realised something. There’s nothing new in them, they aren’t really websites which no one has heard about. So in addition to my five most used “popular” websites, I’m going to try and add a few lesser known sites.
Five most used “popular” websites
The only social networking service I will use is Facebook. I refused MySpace on the account that it’s flipping ugly! Facebook has the advantage now that all my friends are on it, so it’s a nice way to be able to keep in touch with people who have moved around the country off to various different universities and beyond. It has been MySpaced a little with the addition of the apps, but I’m living with those.
Twitter (via Twitterific)
Twitter has become quite a useful tool for me. I don’t interface much with the website itself but I do use the service through the Twitterific application by IconFactory and QuickSilver, which is why I have included it. I have a few friends from around the internet who use it as well, but it’s main purpose is as my “One status to rule them all”.
The Apple Blog Community
I do use The Apple Blog (TAB) main site, but I mainly visit the TAB Community. It’s a great place to find answers you need help with or find out stuff about Apple in general. I’ve been visiting the place since January and have found many a useful thing. It’s also a great place to hangout if you are ever short of something to do on the interweb.
Continuing on the line of “social” websites, Flickr is another regular haunt of mine. It’s one of my first ports of call if I’m in need of an image, and I quite often find myself sat looking through the many design groups that can be found there. An excellent resource and a great way to keep all my photos backed up as well!
Unlike all the other sites I’ve mentioned this one is not a community driven place. The BBC News site is however and great resource, for both current news and old news. It’s one of the first sites I open everyday and is a tremendous mine of information.
A few lesser known websites
With those five completed I’ve picked out a few sites I visit regularly that you might not know so well.
MySeries.nl is the site I use to keep up to date on my three favourite TV shows. Fans of Lost, Heroes and Prison Break can find all the latest episodes available to stream to your computer. The best bit, is that they are mostly in High Definition and can be viewed in full screen modes, so no need to sit and watch a little window on your screen. The site is in dutch, but it’s easy to navigate to find the shows you want to watch and they are all in English.
Now I’m a bit of a fantasy sports team fan and fsports is one of my sites of choice for participating in leagues with your friends. It has a choice of sports from Formula 1 to the Premiership, via the BTCC and MotoGP. I’ve had teams in the F1 and Premiership for the last few years and in the Cricket world cup. A great place to invite your friends and setup a mini league to go up against each other in a bit of friendly competition.
RELEVANTmagazine is the final site on my list today. I’m a big fan of the podcast the guys produce and it’s a great resource for Christian articles. Relevant is a magazine based in the US that distributes all over the world, it covers some secular music and films but has articles about relationships and other life issues. It’s not a regular magazine though and all the life articles have a biblical basis and are often quite challenging.
I hope you find something in there that is of interest to you. It would be nice to hear of your lesser known sites that you visit regularly, it’s always nice to discover a new gem of a website that is only just getting off the ground, or that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention it deserves.