With millions of Twitter, Google+ and Facebook followers and with over 50 million page views every month, Mashable has been pushing the boundaries of social media news for the nearly the past decade. The addictive blog is a creation by wunderkind Peter Cashmore from his 2005 Scotland home, and by 2009 Time Magazine had named it one of the Top 25 Blogs of the Year.
Vimeo is a video-sharing service that is bustling with creativity. They make it easy to find high quality videos. The name “Vimeo” is a play on the word “video”. The “de” is replaced with “me” since the site dedicates itself to user-made video. It is a hub of creativity and Time calls it “the indie darling to YouTube”. Typical videos are high quality, short, artsy, and creative with a strong emphasis on good photography. At Vimeo, you can find the best creative short films in HD.
TheCHIVE’s slogan is “probably the best site in the world” so naturally we had to investigate. It is one of the best photo-entertainment websites that gained attention when they released a series of internet hoaxes that were reported as true stories by mainstream media outlets. These hoaxes ultimately led to us discovering theCHIVE, the home for pictures of some of the hottest girls on the internet.
8tracks describes itself as “music rediscovered”. Critics agree. The free social cloud music service has been proudly featured on Time, Wired, and Business Insider. Interestingly enough, none of them say anything about the service that someone who used the service would say about it though. But anyway, their service is simple, popular, and does a good job at playing good music (that’s the point of a music service, right?). For this reason, we crown them as the best website for cloud playlists.
IFTTT (If That Then This) is a new free web service that lets you automate your online life. You can connect with 50+ online services and set them up to conditionally react with each other. IFTTT lets you take advantage of a new era of APIs and Web 2.0 services using an easy-to-use interface that is not only intuitive but powerful too. To top it off, IFTTT recently raised $7M so they can afford do things like give you a free phone number to use with your connected services, making it the best website for internet automation.
Local restaurants promote themselves by selling $25 dining certificates for $10 at Restaurant.com. Sometimes there are promotional sales for Restaurant.com dining certificates at 50%-80% off the standard $10 price. There are also other ways of stacking discounts to the point where the certificate costs just over a dollar. This is the best website for restaurant deals if you use our method.
Google Voice assigns you a new free phone number and integrates it with powerful telephone enhancing features and a contact management system. This phone number acts as a hub for all your other phone numbers. You can accept text messages online, read your voice-mails, and directs calls to your current numbers based on predefined rules you assign. Skype still has a spot in our hearts but Google Voice is the new best VOIP service.
If any website can explain the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to a fifth grader, it is HowStuffWorks. Considering the fact that Discovery Communications bought HowStuffWorks for $250 million, their emphasis on quality should come as no surprise. They use various forms of media to explain a wide variety of complex subjects. They are the masters of explaining the science of stuff. Expect photography, diagrams, and videos that help to explain some of what we thought to be some of the most complex subjects.
We all remember spending countless hours on a presentation only to have it trumped by some geek with a 2.5D presentation. Now, with a free presentation tool, you can get the same positive attention that geek gets. This tool is so out-of-the-ballpark-awesome that we have to crown it as the best presentation app.
A day where you will no longer need a wallet is coming. You can already make one-click mobile payments with Google Wallet, an Android app. The service aims to be better than a wallet by allowing you to store credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards in the cloud for use via your smartphone. Google Wallet does not charge users or merchants to process payments. Instead, they aim to generate revenue by offering sponsored advertisements.