I was hopping around the net today and I found all these new, well new to me, sites that I realized no one should ever use. In short, they suck. Prepare yourselves for the shortlist:
- This site grabs the number one spot on this short list of links not to visit, by making you download an app that monitors your net habits so EVERYONE can see what EVERYONE is browsing. They even rank the amount of hits each site gets. Think of it as one giant vulnerability. If you want to see what links people are browsing, just take a look at popurls, you can customize it and it covers pretty much all your bases for catching what’s hot on the web. Add, BuzzFeed, to your daily list of sites to visit and you’re all set. Popurls covers clipmarks, Digg, Reddit and pretty much all the other sites worth looking at, so no need to add those to the daily list. That’s all I have to say about that.
- The main reason this site sucks is because it aggregates all the social bookmark sites into one little bookmarklet. Maybe its just me, but I use one bookmark site and that’s it, not NINETEEN!! Does anyone need nineteen different places to store your bookmarks online? Maybe if you’re like really super social about your bookmarks then this would be useful, but when I tried it out I had to sign up for 18 out of the 19 sites on the list. That took forever. Contrary to public belief, this is the only bookmarklet that you never need, just use del.icio.us or pick one of the many bookmark sharing sites.
- This web 2.0 looking site lets you choose a search engine to use. Thats it, that is all it does. It doesn’t aggregate all the search engines into one, it makes you use them one at a time. To me this is really not useful, actually its the opposite of useful. In short, I wouldn’t use it. I would use one of many search aggregators like: http://www.planetsearch.com/ because it aggregates results from Google Yahoo and MSN. Or just stick with Google, it works and you can use the advanced search strings to fins exactly what you’re looking for.
- This site actually boasts, “The Internet User Genome Project, iuGen, has the intention to register all current and future active users in one Internet User Directory. – If you’re not on the list, you don’t exist!” That’s fairly close to insulting, especially the last part. Anyways, its just a friendster clone. And we all know how great friendster was. Its also somewhat like MySpace only with a whole lot less funtionality, and we all know how much myspace sucks. So if you’re a fan of online social networking with the entire world, then this site might be for you. For the rest of us, who don’t use myspace and watched Friendster die a long slow death of uselessness, this site is just another link not to bookmark. If I want to socialize on the net I’ll find a web community that focuses on what I like and join it, like LINKSWARM.
- Yet another useless search engine site, only this site uses different engines at random. What?!? So instead of using the search engine of my choice, I get to be randomly sent to results from one of a 7 or so engines?!?! Why would I want to do that? I don’t want that. I want the best results possible from an aggregation of search engines, not bad results AT RANDOM from a teeny tiny list of 7 search engines. My advice, use any one of the hundreds of search toolbars or extensions that actually do aggregate all the best results from all the search engines out there. Firefox has several and there are a handful for IE. Or, like I said for sputtr, use a search aggregator like: http://www.planetsearch.com/ cause it actually aggregated results from the big search engines. Or stick with Google.
- This site looks all web2.0-tastic but it really doesn’t act like a “web 2.0” site. All this site does is offer PhotoShop tutorials, but you have to register first. How friggin ghey is that?!?! You only get tutorials for ONE proprietary program that many simply can’t afford, AND you have to register. For the best tutorials on the web that are user submitted and rated you should use: http://www.tutorialized.com/ . You still have to register but there are over 50 programs with hundreds of tutorials, AND many of the listed programs are free/open source, like GIMP.
The six sites I went over, look great but they lack any added value for your click time. Feel free to give any one of them a test run, by no means am I the end all be all of intarwebs advice. However, if it were up to me, I’d look for something else that actually adds something to your experience on the net. Not just a site with a new take on an old idea, or even worse, a site that limits your capabilities to less than what you’d have if you just kept doing whatever it is that you do on the net.
Hope this helps save some time in your future netventures while you’re bored at work.