The Observer last Sunday ran an article on websites that changed the world. Lifehacker responds by asking its readers to name the sites which changed their world. Google and some of the web-based mails were the hot favourites, of course. I couldn’t do without them myself. But newer sites are shooting up in popularity too. Here’s my own list of favourite sites in chronological order, following the time sequence in which I discovered them.
- BBC: A great news site with a host of other goodies which promises to get more interactive with reader content.
- The Guardian: Perhaps the most successful online newspaper site. I love the Comment Is Free section. This British newspaper may have a smaller circulation than The Times and the Telegraph but it’s a pioneer in online journalism. A must-read.
- The New York Times: I love it. The book reviews are great. Too bad I can’t read the columnists any more.
- My Yahoo!: One of the earliest and best online news aggregators. One can get news and articles from all one’s favourite sites on one page using My Yahoo! feeds. I was using it long before I heard of RSS and XML feeds and it has got even better, offering a cornucopia of choices.
- Arts and Letters Daily: The only place I know which links to arts and culture and literary articles from around the world.
- Rediff.com: A good source of news from India. Also offers webmail and blogs.
- Blogger/BlogSpot: I may use TypePad now but this is the first blogging tool and weblog host I came across. And not only is it free, it’s just been upgraded and now publishes as fast as WordPress.
- The Telegraph: This is the newspaper I read for news from home — Calcutta (Kolkata) in India.
- The Times: Thank goodness it’s no longer a pay site. Contains some of the most stylish writing and lovely blogs too.
- Bloglines: I love this online news aggregator. In a way, it’s even better than My Yahoo! Unlike My Yahoo! page, where stories vanish as the feeds update, Bloglines stores the articles until one has read them.
- Wikipedia and Answers.com: Free and indispensable.
- TypePad: Of course, I love it. Lovely templates, great blogs.
- Technorati: What’s there to say?
- Flickr: Shutterbug heaven. Let’s hope it stays free.
- del.icio.us: Just the place to save all the posts and articles one comes across — and pick up a few from others as well.
- YouTube: Just started exploring the site after hesitating for a long time. And I have found some great music videos.
Here’s Chuck Berry singing Johnny B Goode with John Lennon in 1972.