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The powerhouse of the internet and the only place many people go for information. But if you thought Google was a still a mere search engine, look again. Click on ‘more’ at the top of the homepage to discover the work of ‘GoogleLabs’ – more than 50 free tools and web pages that could change your internet life.
GoogleDocs lets you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, store them online, share them with others and access them from wherever there’s an internet connection.
Googlemail is probably the best email program – it has virtually limitless capacity and you don’t need to change your email address to use it. The Google calendar is a powerful searchable diary that you can allow others to access, so family members can make appointments together.
SketchUp could be just the tool you are looking for to design that conservatory extension and see what it will look like once the builders have gone. Add to that databases for searching academic journals and books in the public domain, the powerful GoogleMaps, with its engaging satellite imagery, a finance page with live stock quotes and an easy-to-use online messaging system, and you can see why some people say Google is taking over the world – and, with GoogleMoon and GoogleMars, the rest of the galaxy, too.
Surf the web without disclosing who or where you are.
Hints, tips and troubleshooting for your iPod and associated software.
If you use just a few websites, this lets you create a home page that has links to them all. Simple, free and practical.
A suite of free business programs. From word processing and presentation software to tools for taking notes in meetings, planning projects and creating databases.
To-do lists, notes, ideas and calendar. Excellent for juggling projects and much more versatile than a ring folder.
All you need to know about keeping the net safe – protecting children, preventing spam, avoiding viruses and stopping others accessing your personal details.
More than 7,500 free fonts (for Mac and PC), so you can at last stop using Copperplate for your party invitations.
The superfast way to send large files over the web. Don’t attach that family video to an email, Pando it instead.
Turn your home videos into animated flip books. Much more appealing than another DVD.
11 Digital Spy
Entertainment, media and showbiz news. Plus, a surprisingly good forum for technology-related problems – a great place to sort out your broadband.
12 BBC iPlayer
On-demand television and radio programmes from the BBC.
Events, attractions, openings and exhibitions from around the world. Enter a location and dates and the site will show listings.
Up in lights: a guide to London’s Theatreland is online
14 London Theatre Guide
What’s coming on and what’s making an exit in London’s theatre world. Especially good for seating plans, so you can see where the box office staff are putting you.
15 The Internet Movie Database
The world’s biggest (and still growing) reference for actors, directors, locations, plots…
16 Rotten Tomatoes
A round-up of what the critics thought of films on general release.
The British Film Institute’s definitive guide to the British film industry. Plots, features, statistics and news from the film world.
18 Good Reads
Expand your reading. Catalogue your books online and others make recommendations based on what you seem to enjoy.
News, features and listings for Britain’s terrestrial and cable television. Customisable interface so your favourite channels are always at the top.
The authentic (and often tangential) voice of the Britain’s ‘real’ football supporters.
Everything you want to know about the world of cricket.
22 Beijing Olympics
The official Olympics site, with news, scheduling, features and a countdown to the games themselves.
23 Radio Locator
From shock jocks to orchestral baroque, thousands of internet radio stations to listen to on your computer.
24 Live Plasma
Expand your music and movie tastes. Enter the name of a song, band, movie, actor or director you like and Live Plasma will return some pretty intelligent recommendations for further investigation.
A clever way of searching for video clips on the internet – from uploaded episodes of your favourite soap to comedy home-video moments.
Self-publishing made smart again. Write, design and then print your own books – though you’ll still have to persuade others to buy them.
28 Wonder How To
Two great sites full of short videos showing you how to do almost anything, from the incredibly useful (exercises for diabetes sufferers, tying a Windsor knot) to the revelatory (‘learn different kinds of kisses’), via the wonderfully obscure (‘make a moving jaw for your werewolf mask’).
DIY projects from zombie make-up to LED balloons. Excellent selection of rainy-day projects for bored children (and adults) at home.
Addictive series of Flash games including the hypnotically soothing Boomshine.
Stuck on Zelda? The Net can help
News, reviews, hints and tips for virtually every console game on the market. Essential if you are still up at 2am trying to find a way into the castle on Zelda.
Online anagram machine for Scrabble players and crossword enthusiasts. Also solves Sudoku.
ADVICE AND INFORMATION
A wonderfully graphical – and customisable – display of news stories from around the world. Click on an item to see the full story.
34 The Eggcorn Database
Continually updated guide to modern-day Malapropisms, misunderstandings and other manglings of language. From ‘high dungeon’ to ‘wreckless driving’, Eggcorn names the culprits and nudges them in the right direction.
35 Arts and Letters Daily
World-class articles from intellectual and influential journals around the world. Browse the day’s selections. Like The Week for eggheads.
36 Ask Philosophers
The academy comes to cyberspace. A panel of mainly American and British philosophy scholars answers questions sent in by the public. Search the database, from Abortion to War, or send in a question of your own.
Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca, but when is the Hajj?
Shows you the dates of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and American holidays from now to 2010.
38 Rhyme Zone
For when the muse has gone, a rhyme and synonym generator to help you towards the perfect mot. You can also search for Shakespeare quotations, biblical references and other literary inspirations.
Giant but easily searchable database of statistics, maps and profiles for every country in the world.
The people’s approach to news and features, Digg brings together items from across the net, ranked according to how many people have felt them worth recommending. Sometimes a little techie-heavy, but excellent for discovering what the cyberworld is getting worked up about.
41 They Work For You
A powerful way of keeping tabs on MPs and peers: attendance records, voting patterns, recent statements and more.
42 Time Bank
Volunteering opportunities for young people, sorted by region, interest, skills and need.
Controversial, democractic and sometimes error-strewn encyclopaedia that has brought Darwinism to the world of knowledge. Make it your first port of call for looking something up. Just be sure to check somewhere else that what you find makes sense.
Wikipedia’s online multilingual dictionary. Immensely powerful and far less controversial than its encyclopaedic forebear.
The original – and still the best – personal finance site on the web (the American version is at www.fool.com). For savers, borrowers, stock spotters and day traders, sound, independent advice that cuts through the jargon.
46 Martindale’s ‘The Reference Desk’
From the arts, business, science and technology, a dry but authoritative conglomeration of data from around the world.
Free and authoritative database of more than 17 million medical research papers. Not always easy to understand if you are not a medic, but a far better place to look for information than the random sites that come up on Google.
The internet’s version of that clever uncle who always seems to know the answer to your questions. There are few subjects the site doesn’t tackle, though the coverage can be superficial. A good starting point for idle research.
49 NHS Direct
Online information and advice about health and illness, run by Britain’s National Health Service. The site includes a useful self-diagnosis tool that can reassure you that your hangover is not in fact meningitis.
50 Legal Services Shop
General legal advice relating to housing, family law, employment, motoring, consumer issues and personal injury, plus wills, conveyancing and divorce. Good starting point to see where you stand. Will also, for a fixed fee, answer questions and put you in touch with a solicitor.
51 How Stuff Works
Engaging encyclopaedia of the modern (and not so modern) world, with good illustrations and clear text. Can suffer sometimes from an ‘it’s amazing!’ tone of voice..
Currency converter covering every world currency. Azerbaijan new manats to Cayman Island dollars? Just a click away.
53 Advice Guide
Find where you stand legally with the Citizens Advice Bureau’s online information resource.
Need to know? Find out how to stay fit online
Advice and information for young people, including health and fitness, drugs, problems with bullying, how to study and applying for jobs.
55 Royal Horticultural Society
Advice and suggestions from the world’s leading gardening organisation. A good ‘how-to’ section and seasonal tips for the time of year.
Automatic translation to and from most European languages and Chinese. The results are sometimes a little strange, but you will usually get your message across.
How to do just about everything, from getting stains off curtains to buying a second-hand car.
58 Eat the Seasons
Updated weekly, information, tips and recipe ideas on British seasonal food.
59 Age Concern
Website of Britain’s leading charity for the elderly, packed with advice about maintaining an active life.
The queen of weather sites, with more information than you would possibly imagine you might need, from pollen counts to surf forecasts.
Spoof Wikipedia-style encyclopaedia where nothing is true, but a good deal is very funny indeed. Idle away an afternoon or, even better, hone your comedy skills by making a contribution yourself.
An easy way to lend small sums (from $25) to business projects in the developing world. Kiva keeps track of your investment, updates you on progress and repays your loan as the business grows.
63 Embarrassing problems
From bad breath and piles to cold sores and beyond, Dr Margaret Stearn dispenses invaluable advice.
HOUSE AND HOME
64 Noise Mapping England
Click on an area of the map to find out how noisy a street, or even a section of the street, is – handy for light sleepers planning a move. At the moment only London is mapped, but the rest of England will follow.
Banner ads: find out how much properties on your street have sold for
65 Prime Location
One of the best sites for finding property. It is UK-based but has a good international presence.
66 Rated People
User reviews on local tradesmen. You describe the job you need done and how quickly and suppliers contact you with quotes – with previous customers rating them.
Possibly the most dangerous site on this list, Zoopla gives sale prices of recently sold homes and – the tricky bit – estimates the value of the rest. We dare you not to look.
68 Money Saving Expert
Subtitled ‘Consumer Revenge’, this is where you find the discounts, tricks and tips to save money. The weekly email is essential reading for canny consumers. It caters only for Britain, but every country should have one.
Practical guide to making your home more environmentally friendly, from low-flow showerheads to 12V lighting. US-based, but many of the products are available elsewhere.
70 Design My Room
For budding Laurence Llewellyn-Bowens everywhere, it provides the ability to redecorate your home in cyberspace. Choose colours, furniture, accessories and finishes and then publish the results online.
71 Up My Street
Neighbourhood information based on postcode: schools, shopping and, juciest of all, how much the house down the road sold for recently.
72 Home For Exchange
One of many sites where you can swap homes with someone else for a period. This is less cluttered than some of the others and has a good geographical spread.
The fast way to compare utility suppliers and other services, from broadband to home insurance. Enter your postcode and the site comes back with the best deals.
Enchanting recipe and foodie blog from a Californian cook who believes in good food. Subscribe to the email alert service and transform your cooking repertoire.
The most grown-up (just) of the social-networking sites that are fast taking over the world. Excellent for staying in touch with far-flung friends, though pretty good too for re-establishing contact with those you hoped you had lost.
Good old days: who needs the pub when you can socialise online?
The quickest and easiest way to create a blog of your own.
Like an online Mothers’ Union meeting (though sometimes a little more risqué), Ringsurf is a chatroom where people exchange ideas about anything from politics to relationships. The quality is not always high, but users have been known to discover new (real-life) friends with interests they thought no one would share. A tribute to the information-sharing capability of the net.
Organise your thoughts by creating mindmaps online and sharing them with others.
An intelligent, intuitive and inspiring way to read entries from some of the millions of blogs that dot the internet. You can browse by subject or area of interest, read the postings that are catching the world’s attention and bookmark blogs that catch your attention. And if you want to join in…
The website you graduate to once you’ve discovered how to put your holiday snaps on the net. Here, everyone’s photos are linked by using tags, such as ‘Spain’, ‘beach’ or ‘happy’, which sets you off on an exploration of others’ uploads.
There are plenty of great parenting forums out there – Netmums, Mumsnet – but this is still the best source of considered, authoritative, often soothing advice on everything from colic to tax credits.
82 Friction TV
YouTube for debaters. Upload a short video about an issue close to your heart and others reply in kind or by text.
Gift ideas for when you can’t think what to buy someone. You enter their age, sex and interests and how much you want to pay and it scours the net for ideas.
Shopping on the high street, but better deals may be online
Online shopping for (nearly) everything you might want to buy. The original auction formula is still going strong, but plenty more features have been added since it began. Take a look at non-UK sites, such as ebay.fr and ebay.de, too, for bargains others may have missed. The layout is the same even if you don’t speak the language.
85 Who What Wear Daily
Fashion tips, advice and suggestions. Includes Ask a Stylist for those tricky co-ordination problems and a What Was She Wearing? inquiry service to help you track down your favourite celebrity’s fashion choice.
Unabashedly straightforward classified ads site, for everything from new homes to online romance.
The Amazon of the second-hand book world. More than 13,500 booksellers selling 110 million books. If it’s not here, it’s not worth looking for.
There are plenty of price-comparison sites on the web, but this one seems to get it right more often than most. Type in what you want to buy and Kelkoo will come back with the cheapest prices it can find.
A (digital) finger on the pulse of the technology world. All the newest developments, discoveries, gadgets and toys – before they hit the shops.
Discover more about wine by reviewing what you’ve enjoyed and receiving tips and suggestions from others.
91 I Love Jeans
Find the right jeans for your fit before you even leave home. A cheeky but revealing ‘body type’ guide takes you straight to the brand you should be trying. Search by style, body type or brand. Women only.
92 Sky Scanner
Take flight: book your getaway from your own PC
Monitors prices and destinations for all the low-cost airlines so you just type in where you want to go and when to find the best deal.
93 The Man in Seat 61
Routes, tickets, tips and advice – the only guide you need to travelling by train from Britain to Europe and the rest of the world.
Online pedestrian routefinder for London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh that shows you the best route to walk from A to B. Includes calorie counter, CO2 savings and points of interest on the way. Other cities coming soon.
95 Transport for London Journey Planner
Indispensable and almost always spot-on guide to negotiating the capital’s public transport system. You enter your starting point and destination and it gives you the best bus, tube, cycle and even boat routes to get you across town.
A hi-tech hark-back to the days of leisurely motoring. ViaMichelin gives you maps, routes and directions throughout Britain and continental Europe with added panache. The maps have a pleasant printed quality about them and, naturally enough, your route is accompanied by gastronomic highlights to be found along the way. There’s also information about destinations.
97 Carbon Neutral
Information on your carbon footprint and how to cut it down. Includes an online calculator to measure your effect on the world.
Excellent all-round travel site. Use it for good prices on flights and holidays, but click on ‘Destinations’ for some well-researched and up-to-date travel guides.
Aircraft seating plans, showing you the prime seats, possible annoyances and seats you should avoid.
100 Airline Meals
A consumer guide to what you can expect to eat on board. There are news and features from the airline catering world, but the best part is a gallery of photos of on-board meals sent in by passengers and listed by airline.
101 World Hum
Travel writing with a twist. Click on the destination you have in mind and be prepared to be inspired. The site also offers tavelogues, news, books reviews, blogs and slideshows.
The “official” Beijing Olympic website is pretty lame, short on detail and difficult to navigate.
The ‘property’ website suggested only has a few of the UK properties, it is worth trying globrix.com that has over 700k properties and also has a really fab detailed search facility that makes finding a home much easier and simpler – worth a try!
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For news, http://blern.com should be on the list.
Wow! I found a handful of sites on that list that I will probably use regularly and never even had a clue they existed.
You should add http://www.do-it-yourself-invitations.com
I use that one a lot too.
It’s a great list.
Regarding the property site comment, I recently tried Globrix after much fanfare around the launch but was very disappointed (it was in every newspaper for days). After you get past the flashy interface, a lot of the properties listed are out of date and already gone which is very frustrating (there aren’t 700,000 properties on the market so most of them are already sold).
I like Primelocation but also use Findaproperty and obviously Rightmove. The data quality is more important than a flashy interface.
Very useful list. Thanks for this. I found that a few sites were more relevant for the UK market.
For example, #83 (giftgen) works well for budgets in BP and many gift ideas come from UK/European sites. For the US market, I recommend http://www.kaddoz.com.
I have been using it quite a lot to find great gift ideas. Their UI is cool and fairly easy to use. In fact, it is like a social gifting site where people can post their own gift ideas to inspire others.
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Hi, I’d suggest http://www.stumbleupon.com (this is where i found your website) I’s a social bookmarking network, just like del.icio.us.
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what happened to dohop.com for flight schedules. it comes in handy and in conclusion, u do have some very useful sites. cheers
Useful is being able to access a range of small business software tools over the single web site. Time tracking, billing, sales, documents and project management all come together in WORKetc – http://www.worketc.com
I would recommend to promote or post the topic under free classifieds such as OrientalAds.com which can help to get more response world wide at free of cost.
What, no Hype Machine is entertainment?
Shameless plug (since it’s my own site), but many of you might find http://listpod.net to be useful. It’s a community powered site to create and share lists of anything and everything.
This is a shameless plug (since it’s my own site), but check out http://listpod.net. It’s a community powered site to create and share lists of anything and everything.
I’d like to suggest 1st Home Exchange, http://www.1sthomeexchange.com.
Home exchanging is a travel alternative that can save you thousands on your next vacation.
Not only is 1stHomeExchange.com one of the largest home exchange sites with swaps in 130 countries but they also have two types of memberships. A pay membership (like most home exchange sites) and a FREE membership.
You can list your home for free and see if anyone is interested in swapping with you. So not only can you save lots of money on hotel accommodation but you can also try it out for free. A real bargain!
Here is a cool website I found on Digg.com:
New website to change the way we buy autos
http://www.VirtualAutoBuying.com lets you receive free automotive price quotes, negotiate online, and finalize the car deal, all while remaining anonymous. The company is looking to eliminate the annoying, high-pressure salesmen, and large auto quote websites that just sell your information.
I don\’t feel like entering in such a consideration.
Mmm can i sugest mine? Gives details of making money from carpetbagging, loads of money saving tips and ideas plus this years best sellers for Christmas.
Loads of discount codes and retailers offers on this site to help one reduce shopping bills.
Here’s a good one I found: http://www.letterwhiz.com
http://www.freetips.cowze.com Is a good site too. It gives information and tips on just about everything like google.
I found this website extremely useful; http://www.simpleconvert.com
You can convert from any existing unit to another. Including currency!
tickedlist.com a good online mobile todo list and excellent shopping list which helps you keep organised and spending under control. Tracks your expenses in a graph and view your lists on your phone
thfwa.com is the hub of good websites.
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You have not mentioned any sites related to deal hunting. I would like to add http://www.techbargains.com/ , http://www.cheapdeals101.com and for coupons http://www.couponchief.com/ in the list.
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http://www.teacherLane.com is a very useful website and learning resources for students. It is trying to create and inspire change on learning and teaching horizon by encouraging student- teacher collaboration through web.
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101 most useful websites as proven to be a priceless find for me! I would like to add a site I found myself, leftovermaterial.com It is a site that is a cross between EBAY and CONSIGNMENT SHOPS (second-hand used/new items). Great for finding items at cheap prices to do any home improvements plus you can submit your own items to be posted and sell them to make some extra cash! I highly recommend this site!
Home Exchange, house swap, Home For Exchange – Offers home exchange services including vacation home exchange, home swapping, vacation home swapping at http://www.thevacationexchange.com/
Great info indeed…. Check out http://www.carpoolssearch.com . You may want to add it also.
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he powerhouse of the internet and the only place many people go for information. But if you thought Google was a still a mere search engine, look again. Click on ‘more’ at the top of the homepage to discover the work of ‘GoogleLabs’ – more than 50 free tools and web pages that could change your internet life.
Is there an update to this list? be interesting to see almost 3 years later how the web has developed and how many would still be there and how many have lost their way!