93 Top Sites That Are Free, Cool And Interesting
Arrived at the office early? Got some time to burn during lunch? Sitting comfortably with nothing to do? Look no further. I have compiled a list of 93 sites that I find very interesting. Interesting enough to distract me from finishing this article. Took me 2 weeks when it could have been settled in 2 days. Oh well, it just goes to show how entertaining the sites were. Some sites you may have come across before, some not. So far, I’ve only managed to find 93 that make the cut. So if you have one in mind, let me know, yes?
Have fun getting distracted!
- Generally Interesting (11)
- Videos (8)
- Photos (6)
- Games (10)
- Celebrities (11)
- Travel (10)
- Education (9)
- Life Improvement (16)
- Comedy (6)
- Others (6)
- Yahoo Buzz
- I Am Bored
- MySpace Video
- Yahoo! Video
- Project Free TV
- Flickr: Explore!
- PicasaWeb Explore
- NASA Images
- Yahoo! Games
- PopCap Games
- Pogo Games
- Guild Wars
- Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
- E! Online
- The Superficial
- What Would Tyler Durden Do?
- World Travel Guide
- Travel Guides – Travel Channel
- TimesOnline: Travel
- Yahoo! Travel
- National Geographic
- Discovery Channel
- Internet Public Library
- Dumb Little Man
- Zen Habits
- Steve Pavlina
- Stepcase Lifehack
- Brian Kim
- 43 Folders
- Self Growth
- Stevenn Aitchisen’s Blog
- The Positivity Blog
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich
- Wise Bread
- The Simple Dollar
- Get Rich Slowly
- I Can Has Cheezburger?
- I Has A Hot Dog
- FAIL Blog
- funny or DIE
- Stupid Videos
- Yahoo! LAUNCHcast
Digg is a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. Voting stories up and down is the site’s cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying. Many stories get submitted every day, but only the most Dugg stories appear on the front page.
StumbleUpon is an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. Web pages are presented when the user clicks the “Stumble!” button on the browser’s toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which Web page to display based on the user’s ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests.
Fark.com is a community website created by Drew Curtis that allows users to comment on a daily batch of news articles and other items from various websites. It is one of the top 100 English language websites, receiving over 2,500 submissions a day and over 5 million unique visitors per month. It is generally seen as a destination for strange news stories and snarky commentary.
Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks that has more than five million users and 150 million bookmarked URLs.
Reddit is a social news website on which users can post links to content on the web. Other users may then vote the posted links down or up, causing them to appear more or less prominently on the Reddit home page.
Yahoo! Buzz is a community-based news article website, much like Digg, that combines the features of social bookmarking and syndication through a user interface that allows editorial control. Users can be allowed to publish their own news stories, and link to their own or another person’s site that links to a full story of the information, therefore driving traffic to that person’s website and creating a larger market for sites that research and publish their own news articles and stories, such as CNN or smaller, privately owned websites.
Technorati is an Internet search engine for searching blogs, competing with Google and Yahoo. As of June 2008, Technorati indexes 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media.
Mixx is a user-driven social media web site that serves to help users submit or find content by peers based on interest and location. It combines social networking and bookmarking with web syndication, blogging and personalization tools.
Kaboodle is a social shopping community where people discover, recommend and share products. Kaboodle’s powerful shopping tools allow people to organize their shopping through lists, discover new things from people with similar style, get discounts on popular products and find best prices. At the heart of Kaboodle is a fun and engaging community of people who love to shop.
Propeller, previously known as Netscape.com, is a social news aggregator operated by AOL-Netscape.
It is similar to Digg; users can vote for which stories are to be included on the front page and may comment on them as well.
A site containing loads of viral videos, games, memes, lists and social networking for when you’re bored.
YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. It uses Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos.
Dailymotion is a video hosting service website, based in Paris, France. Its domain name was registered one month after YouTube. As of January 2008, the site was getting about 16,000 new videos posted daily, and page views in excess of 26 million per day.
Metacafe is similar to other video viewing websites such as YouTube or Dailymotion, but with several differences that include a different type of Adult content filtering, a community member reviewer panel, VideoRank, and Producer Rewards. Additionally, Metacafe pays video creators for original work that has exceeded a certain threshold of both total views and VideoRank score through its Producer Rewards Program.
A service similar to the YouTube video sharing website.
Similar to sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, MSN Video and Veoh, Yahoo! Video began as an internet-wide video search engine and added the ability to upload and share video clips in June 2006. A re-designed site was launched in February 2008 that changed the focus to Yahoo-hosted video only. The site now consolidates all premium video from across Yahoo! properties with user-uploaded video.
A video site for streaming flash videos like the other video sharing sites.
Project Free TV does not upload any videos nor do they know who and where videos are coming from. Links to the videos are submitted by users and managed by users.
Lists of interesting videos divided into 4 categories, mainly New, Top Rated, Most Popular and NSFW.
Flickr is an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community platform. In addition to being a popular Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. As of November 2008, it claims to host more than 3 billion images.
Photobucket is an image hosting, video hosting, slideshow creation and photo sharing website. It was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and received funding from Trinity Ventures. It was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007.
Picasa Web Albums is a photo-sharing web application from Google, often compared to programs like Flickr. It allows users with accounts at Google to store and share 1 GB of photos for free. Users can purchase more storage space, which can be shared between Google services.
deviantART aims to provide a place for any artist to exhibit and discuss works which are organized in a comprehensive category structure, including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, and skins for applications, among others, along with extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography.
Behance is a company that designs products and services that empower the creative world to make ideas happen. The Behance team studies exceptionally productive people and teams working in creative fields. They document the methods and resources that these productive creative professionals use to push their ideas forward.
NASA Images is a service of Internet Archive, a non-profit library, to offer public access to NASA’s images, videos and audio collections. NASA Images is constantly growing with the addition of current media from NASA as well as newly digitized media from the archives of the NASA Centers. The goal of NASA Images is to increase our understanding of the earth, our solar system and the universe beyond in order to benefit humanity.
AddictingGames is one of the first Flash game portals and helped popularize both the Flash platform and casual games. It is today part of the MTV Online Network, receiving over 10 million visitors a month.
Yahoo! Games is the section of the Yahoo! website in which Yahoo! users can play games either with other users or by themselves. The games on the website are typically Java applets or quick Flash games, but there are others which require a download. Yahoo! Games has a large user base playing various kinds of games, such as card games, board games, fantasy sports, emulated arcade games, and word games.
Miniclip was first launched in 2001 by Robert Small and Tihan Presbie where Small was fresh out of university when he founded the company with futures trader Presbie on a budget of £40,000. 43 million unique users visit the site per month and the company has been valued at over £200 million, having been profitable for six of its seven years, with turnovers exceeding £20 million in the past two years.
PopCap Games was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, and currently employs more than 180 people. Most of Popcap’s games can be played free in a limited form, with the full version available for a fee. PopCap’s games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and its flagship title Bejeweled has sold more than 10 million units across all major platforms.
They have been giving their large loyal audience its daily dose of online interactive fun since 1998, and Shockwave became a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks in 2006. They’ve got more than 450 games, with new ones added each week.
Pogo.com is a gaming website that offers a variety of free casual games, from card and board games to puzzle, sports, and word games. Since 2006, Pogo.com has consistently been a top-10 Internet site for U.S. visitors when measured by time spent online.
Some of Pogo.com’s competitors for casual and social gamers include Yahoo! Games, Viacom’s Neopets, Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates, and IWon.com.
Guild Wars is an episodic series of multiplayer online role-playing games developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft. ArenaNet hosts official Guild Wars tournaments where the most successful players and guilds may compete for the chance to play live at gaming conventions and win prizes up to 100,000 USD. The games in the Guild Wars series were critically well received and won many editor’s choice awards, as well as awards such as best value, best massively multiplayer online role-playing game and best game. Guild Wars was noted for being one of the few commercially developed games in the MMORPG genre to offer online play without subscription fees, its instanced approach to MMORPG play, and the quality of the graphics and play for computers with low specifications. The sequel, Guild Wars 2, was announced in March 2007. It will have updated graphics and gameplay mechanics, and will continue the original Guild Wars tradition of no subscription fees.
Neopets is based around the virtual pets that inhabit the virtual world of Neopia. Visitors can create an account and take care of up to four virtual pets, buying them food, toys, clothes, and other accessories using a virtual currency called Neopoints. Neopoints can be earned through playing games, investing in the game’s stock market, trading, and winning contests. On 20 June 2005, Viacom bought Neopets, Inc. for US$160 million.
Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates is a massively multiplayer online game where a player takes the role of a pirate, having adventures on the high seas and pillaging money from roaming enemy ships. The mechanics of Puzzle Pirates are driven by puzzles. As of December 2008, there are 4 million pirates registered to the game.
IWon.com is a free casual game site and web portal that offers the chance to win cash and prizes through activities such as clicking through links or playing online games. Iwon began as an internet search engine, offering daily prizes in exchange for points earned using their engine. Activities on the website earn entries into daily, weekly, monthly and the annual cash sweepstakes and other giveaways. For example, performing an internet search earns 30 coins; you can win coins by playing games. Entries cost 100 coins each. The site is most known for awarding an annual cash prize ranging from US$100,000 to US$1 million annually.
Website of a weekly American magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories which focuses exclusively on celebrity news. In February 2007, the website drew 39.6 million page views ‘within a day’ of the Golden Globes. However ‘the mother ship of Oscar coverage’ broke a site record with 51.7 million page views on the day after the Oscars, beating the previous record set just a month before from the Golden Globes.
TMZ.com is a celebrity gossip and news website, the result of a collaboration between AOL and Telepictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros. TMZ stands for ‘Thirty Mile Zone’, a term that represents the center of Hollywood.
USmagazine.com is the website for Us Weekly, a celebrity magazine that covers topics ranging from celebrity news and style, to the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and entertainment. It currently gets approximately two million visitors per month. In addition to features from the magazine, the site has a breaking celebrity news blog, exclusive photos, red carpet galleries from premieres and events, plus games, videos, quizzes and polls.
omg! is a celebrity news and gossip website, run by Yahoo! News’s entertainment division. Due to heavy publicity on Yahoo’s front page and with its partnerships, readership took off, with four million readers logging on to omg! in the first 19 days alone. As of autumn 2007, omg! registered over eight million readers a month, and is the second most-read gossip website in the United States, ahead of People and behind TMZ.com.
Founded in 1999, Starpulse.com began as a link directory evolving from just 12 original pages. The website is independently owned and operated, consisting of approximately 5 million pages of deep content on entertainment news, movies, TV shows, music, red carpet events, movie premieres, and an average of 40 million page views per month.
E! Online is the online arm of E!, an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network, providing the latest daily news and celebrity inside information in a fun, irreverent tone. E! Online attracts approximately 2.5 million unique U.S. users per month.
Perezhilton.com is the website of Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr, an American blogger and television personality who posts gossip items about musicians, actors and celebrities. He also posts tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or ‘doodles’.
PopSugar.com is Sugar Publishing’s celebrity news and gossip site that differentiates itself from other gossip blogs by refraining from posting ‘snarky’ commentary about the celebrities it follows. PopSugar publishes between 25-28 posts daily on weekdays. The site’s content features up-to-the minute news, candid photos and magazine photoshoots, major event recaps, celebrity interviews, “Pop on the Street,” video comments, daily features (polls, celebrity “Guess Who?,” etc.) and highlights of the best of other gossip blogs/sites.
The Superficial is a website devoted to celebrity gossip. It was named one of the five best celebrity news websites by a Chicago Tribune writer. The Superficial is known for its sharply negative and biting wit. Unlike other celebrity news sites such as E! Online and TMZ.com, The Superficial lampoons the behavior of celebrities, to a degree even greater than Perez Hilton.
Dlisted is a celebrity gossip blog written by Michael K that garners more than a million hits a day. His distinctive style and humor have been described as ‘snarky’ and ‘unforgiving’ which fit the blog’s tagline: ‘Be Very Afraid’.
What Would Tyler Durden Do? is a gossip blog named after the Fight Club character Tyler Durden. The blog, which is occasionally not safe for work, is notable for publishing rumours, criticism and revealing photographs of celebrities. In a 2006 Youth Trends survey, What Would Tyler Durden Do? was one of two blogs top 10 most popular websites with females aged 17–25, a popularity the researcher attributed to ‘Gen Y females’ current adoration with content surrounding celebrities and their ‘uh oh’ moments.
TripAdvisor.com is a free travel guide and research website that hosts reviews from users and other information designed to help plan a vacation. TripAdvisor reviews cover more than 212,000 hotels and 74,000 attractions in over 30,000 destinations worldwide. With more than 15 million reviews and opinions and nearly 30 million unique visitors a month, TripAdvisor claims to be the largest travel community on the web.
Wikitravel is a Web-based project “to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide.” Wikitravel received a Webby Award for Best Travel Website in 2007. That same year, Wikitravel’s founders began Wikitravel Press, which publishes printed travel guides based on the Web site’s content. The first print guides were released on February 1, 2008.
Lonely Planet’s online community used by over half a million travellers for trade tips and advice. The Lonely Planet website was upgraded in 2008; new features include the ability to rate and review sites and restaurants, save them to a favourites list as well as a Trip Planner tool.
Fodor’s is the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. In 1996, Fodor’s launched a travel-related website fodors.com, which was nominated for a Webby Award in 2004. Today, Fodor’s has published more than 440 guides (in 14 series) on over 300 destinations, and has more than 700 permanently placed researchers all over the world.
Website of The Columbus World Travel Guide, the company that publishes travel guides to every country in the world as well as detailed city, ski, beach, cruise and airport guides. Their World City Guide, providing information on over 200 culturally important cities, adds to the portfolio of comprehensive travel information. One the other hand, the World Events Guide features over 4,000 events across five continents in some 80 countries, ranging from small-scale local events to major international festivals where new events are added to the site weekly.
The Travel Channel is a cable television network that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. Programming has included shows in African animal safaris, tours of grand hotels, and visits to significant cities and towns, with recent programming putting an emphasis on how the rich travel and on “haunted” destinations, like Most Haunted and Ghost Adventures.
10Best is one of the the trusted sources for online travel advice. One could find unbiased, top-rated recommendations for a city’s best sights, restaurants, clubs, and shops. No business can pay to be listed.
Tourism and travel arm of The Times newspaper of UK.
A producer of online travel guides throughout the world.
Yahoo!’s travel service offering travel guides, booking and reservation services.
Wikipedia’s 12 million articles have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone who can access the Wikipedia website. Launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, it is currently the most popular general reference work on the Internet. Wikipedia is not only important as an encyclopedic reference but also as a frequently-updated news resource.
HowStuffWorks is a website that was founded by Marshall Brain and is dedicated to explaining the way many things work. The site uses photos, diagrams, video and animation to explain complex terminology and mechanisms in easy-to-understand language.
eHow is an online knowledge resource of articles and videos offering step-by-step instructions on “how to do just about everything”. eHow content is created by both professional experts and amateur members and covers a wide variety of topics organized into a hierarchy of categories.
The website of one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.
The website of the American satellite and cable TV channel that provides documentary programming focused primarily on popular science, technology, and history which reaches 431 million homes in 170 countries. In the U.S., the programming for the main Discovery network is primarily focused on “reality-based” television themes, such as speculative investigation (with shows such as Mythbusters, Unsolved History, and Best Evidence), automobiles, and occupations (Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch).
IPL is a non-profit, largely student-run website at Drexel University. Visitors can ask a reference question and the volunteer librarians and graduate students in library and information science form collections and answer questions.
Website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States government responsible for the nation’s public space program. NASA’s self-described mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.”
Innerbody’s vision is to provide high quality educational content about human anatomy through low bandwidth Internet access to children, parents and schools worldwide. At the time of writing this, Innerbody is serving approximately 500,000 people with about 12,000,000 page impressions per month. The Inner Sites have become part of the curriculum at many schools around the world.
Website of Encyclopedia Britannica, a general English language encyclopaedia that publishes articles in aimed at educated adult readers. The size of the Britannica has remained roughly constant over the past 70 years, with about 40 million words on half a million topics. It won the 2005 Codie award for “Best Online Consumer Information Service”.
Lifehacker is a blog about life hacks and software that covers Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux programs as well as time-saving tips and tricks. The staff updates the site about 18 times each weekday, with reduced updates on weekends. Time magazine named Lifehacker one of the “50 Coolest Web Sites” in 2005, one of the “25 Sites We Can’t Live Without” in 2006 and one of the “25 Best Blogs 2009″.
Jay White started Dumb Little Man after realizing that his time had literally disappeared with the birth of his second child. As the site’s audience grew so did the site. People began sharing their experiences and today, most of the articles are from people who started out as readers. Dumb Little Man covers all sorts of ideas from budgeting at home to starting a business or trying to lose weight.
One of the top blogs on the internet covering goal achieving, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits. Leo Babauta, Zen Habits’ creator, produced his first print book, The Power of Less, that reached Amazon’s best-seller list on its first day and remains one of the top business motivation books on Amazon.
Steve Pavlina’s blog covers topics such as personal development and success; consciousness and courage; productivity, motivation and goal setting; career, wealth and business; and spirituality. Some of his most popular writing is around lifestyle and lifestyle experimentation, where he will try a different style of living and transparently blog about the day-to-day experience. Examples include raw veganism and polyamory. His most famous experiment in this regard is with polyphasic sleep, the practice of taking multiple naps in a 24 hour period.
Leon Ho founded Stepcase Lifehack in 2005, a blog on tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increasing productivity and organizing.
A website dedicated to self improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, positive psychology, and self education.
Brian Kim inspires, provides and shares what he learned and successfully applied from his analysis of several hundred self improvement books he has read for over a decade that have helped him achieve all his goals in life.
Merlin Mann started 43 Folders in 2004 focused on an arc about how to improve the quality of your career and life by managing your attention in a way that allows you to work your ass off on the creative projects that matter most to you.
Self Growth’s mission is to provide informative, quality self improvement and natural health information to help people improve their lives. The site provides information ranging from goal setting and stress management to natural health.
This contains lots of different links, articles, blogs, thoughts anything and everything that will help you make yourself a better person.
The Positivity Blog is focused on positivity and opening up new possibilities through motivating and practical articles on how to improve your life.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a community focused on personal finance and entrepreneurship. It’s been featured in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, ABC News, and CNBC.
Wise Bread is a community of bloggers who pitch in ideas to live large on a small budget. The goal is to maintain financial independence while enjoying life at the same time.
Trent Hamm went through a complete financial meltdown in April 2006. He threw himself head first into trying to figure out every nuance of fixing his financial situation, and after a few months, he began to get the picture. Within eight months, he paid off all of his credit card debt, paid off his vehicle and also established an emergency fund. Since he had a passion for writing and had learned so much about how personal finance really works, The Simple Dollar was established near the end of 2006 to tell the world about what he had learned and help people who were struggling with the same things.
Get Rich Slowly, named most inspiring money blog by Money magazine, is devoted to sensible personal finance. JD, the author, publishes stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing. He started out when he found himself deep in debt and when it finally became too overwhelming, he began reading personal finance books, hoping to find answers.
Website of Luciano Passuello who realized that his deep fascination for the mind was his greatest underlying passion and, in some way, intersects with many other interests of his.
I Can Has Cheezburger? is the name of a blog featuring lolcats (a cat with humorous caption in broken English). Created by Eric Nakagawa (Cheezburger), a blogger from Hawaii and his partner, Kari Unebasami (Tofuburger), the website has become one of the most popular lolcat sites on the internet, receiving as many as 1.5 million hits per day.
Similar to I Can Has Cheezburger? but dogs instead of cats.
Contains pictures and videos of blatant stupidity or incompetence with captions involving the words “[Epic] Fail” prominently.
CollegeHumor is a comedy website that features a collection of original and user-submitted videos, as well as pictures, articles, and links. As the name implies, CollegeHumor is directed towards and features content that would appeal to the university and college-aged demographic.
A comedy video website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company, Gary Sanchez Productions with original and user generated content. Funny or Die is also unique in that it contains a good deal of exclusive material from a number of famous contributors like Judd Apatow and James Franco.
A viral video website dedicated to humorous, off-the-wall videos, including wild stunts, wacky animals, sports bloopers, funny commercials, song and dance parodies. and more.
Quizilla is a user generated online quiz website.
A weblog covering cars, car culture, and the automotive industry. The blog began publishing in 2004 and is known for its mix of automotive news with an ‘irreverent’ style and tone. The site gained prominence relatively quickly upon its founding. Its contributors have been included in media events and press conferences hosted by major automotive manufacturers.
A web site that offers daily weblogs and podcast news and commentary about automobiles and the automotive industry. The blog began publishing in 2003.
An internet news blog about MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter and startups, but it also reports on less high-profile social networking sites. It garners 5+ million pageviews per month.
LAUNCHcast allowed users to create personal radio stations or playlists of songs tailored to their musical tastes. Music videos could also be rated, allowing users to create personal music video channels as well.
Last.fm is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It claims over 30 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm’s music library, and are able to listen to some individual tracks on demand, or download tracks if the rights holder has previously authorized it.