Best web site of 2006: well, you’re looking at it. Some of my other favorites:
- Netvibes.com – If you’re in front a computer all day, like me, and want to aggregate the news from all the other sites you like to see, netvibes is great. Think of it as your own personal website, in that you can get all of the information from the net that you want in one place. It also has some fun modules you can add, like sudoku or crossword puzzles, or photo feeds from flikr.
- Pandora.com -Pandora is a great site. Just like netvibes is your own news aggregator, Pandora is your own music aggregator. Again, very cool if you’re in front of your computer all day, or like to listen to music through your computer. You can tell it what artist you want to listen to, and it’ll generate your personalized radio “station” with similar artists, and will usually get to the artist you entered within a song or two. It also introduces you to some music that you might not have otherwise heard.
- TWIT.tv – This is a real geek site…you might have seen it listed on the right side of the page for a while. TWIT (This Week In Tech) is one of, if not the, only podcast networks out there. I travel 80 miles/day, and the radio gets pretty boring, so I listen to a lot of podcasts, mostly from twit. If you’re into techy-geek stuff, this is the place to get your news. If you’re not, don’t bother.
Worst web site of 2006:
- Digg.com – If you had asked me in Feb 2006, this would have been the best site of 2006. It was a really really cool site until about June, then it went dowhill, and fast. It is still one of the most heavily visited sites on the web, but the quality is just aweful now. For those who don’t know, digg is the quintessential web 2.0 site where users submit news stories. Other users can then “digg” the story, and if it gets enough diggs it moves to the front page of the site where a lot of people will see it. So, theoretically, the better a story is, the more people will see it. If the story is lame, nobody diggs it, nobody sees it. Digg started out as a tech site, but has expanded to include all news, video, and podcasts. In February, this is where I got all of my tech news…it usually appeared on digg days before hitting the news section of yahoo.com or any of the major news sites. The problem is that as digg gained popularity, more and more stupid people started showing up and submitting stories just for the submitting stories – it became cool, amongst the internet geek community, to digg stories. And if you got on the front page…wow! You are really cool. But there’s just not enough news out there, so the stories got really lame. I’ll have a look at the front page of the news section right now, top stories of last 30 days:
- Saddam Hussein Dead – OK, this is a top story, I’ll give them this one
- Digg Unveils New Features -Kevin’s Blog Post Explains with Video – self glorifying much?
- DiggMirror – We all us it every day – Time to show it some love by digging – Another digg post about, well…digg.
- Two Years of Digging – Yet another digg post about, well…digg.
- MySpace Gets Goatse’d! – I don’t even know what this means, but it looks pretty lame. Does anyone older than 14 care about myspace?
- Geek Squad.. Sucks! – Yes, this may be true, but a top news story of the past 30 days? C’mon.
- What happens when you take a photo at the right angle? – This is actually kind of neat. This is the type of story that I used to enjoy coming across on digg. Now the interesting stories are pretty few and far between.
- why-doesnt-this-work…..A True Dumbass -link is broken, so I can’t even comment on this. Not sure how a story with a broken link made it to the top news.
- To the women who work in my office… I hate you – Top news story? Pretty indicative of diggs clientele
So those are the current top 9 stories currently on digg (of the past 30 days). One actual news story, three about digg, four incredibly lame stories, and one interesting site. This pretty much sums up why digg went from being one of the best sites on the web, to the worst of 2006. (To be fair, it didn’t open in 2006, but it did become well known in 06.) I still visit digg looking for new stories, but am consistently disappointed. The interesting stories are few and far between, and even the moderately neat sites (see links in previous blog) are only moderately neat. Digg had a good thing going…the creators did a good job, and have tried their best to keep up with the increasing traffic, but they can’t chose their users. And this is where digg comes up very short. Digg will be around for a while, but its clientele will always be the 16-24 yr old tech geek who is not really interested in tech, but more interested in the latest pictures of Scarlett Johansson or the latest revision of Digg.com to digg.
So those are some of my favorites for 2006, and my vote for the worst. If you have any good sites, let me know.