From Google to Amazon and from Amazon to Wikipedia. Here is a list of 15 sites that we can’t live without.
The mother of all search Engines – Google Inc. is an American public corporation, earning revenue from advertising related to its Internet search, e-mail i.e Gmail, online mapping, social networking, and video sharing services.
The Google headquarters, the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California.
YouTube, created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees, is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips.
Browse by channel or category, or click to view the clips that are Top Rated or Most Discussed or Most Linked etc.
Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, is a social utility that connects people with friends and family. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and learn more about the people they meet.
Facebook is the most popular social networking site in several English-speaking countries. The website is the most popular for uploading photos, with 14 million uploaded daily!
Wikipedia is a free, multilingual, open content encyclopedia project operated by the United States-based non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.
Launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, it attempts to collect and summarize all human knowledge in every major language.
Yahoo! Inc. is a United States public corporation and provides Internet services worldwide. The company is perhaps best known for its web portal, search engine, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, news, and social media websites and services.
Yahoo! was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 1, 1995.
WordPress is a blog publishing system written in PHP. All data is stored in a MySQL database.
WordPress is the official successor of b2\cafelog, developed by Michel Valdrighi. The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg.
Flickr is an image hosting website, and online community platform. In addition to being a popular website for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository.
Its popularity has been fueled by its organization tools, which allow photos to be tagged and browsed. As of November 2007, it claims to host more than 2 billion images and counting.
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.
The name Technorati is a blend, pointing to the technological version of literati or intellectuals.
HowStuffWorks founded by professor Marshall Brain in 1998, started the site as a hobby. This website 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.
Digg by Kevin Rose, is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by users.
According to Compete.com survey Digg attracted at least 236 million visitors annually by 2008.
StumbleUpon is an internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation system which uses peer and social-networking principles.
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.
eBay Inc. is an American Internet company that manages eBay.com. Its the World’s Online Marketplace, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis.
And the charity auctions at eBay Giving Works have helped buyers and sellers raise $100 million for more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations since the program started in November 2003.
Amazon.com, Inc. is an American electronic commerce company in Seattle, Washington. Amazon was one of the first major companies to sell goods by Internet. Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995.
Amazon.com started as an on-line bookstore, but soon diversified to many product lines, such as music CDs, computer software, electronics, furniture, food, toys, etc, to name a few.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the world’s largest broadcasting corporation. The BBC was the first national broadcasting organisation. Founded on 18 October 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd.
It publishes Articles and audio in more than 33 languages, worldwide.
ESPN – founded by Scott Rasmussen, is an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. This site’s got everything a sports fanatic needs.
The details of the above mentioned sites, have either been taken from Wikipedia, or/and from the respective site itself.
Update: It seems that people are not getting the idea, the reason this list is compiled is that you always turn to one of these sites, depending upon what you are looking for; e.g, sports fanatics turn to ESPN, while Google is good for searching, etc. I hope this clears the ambiguity.