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The best sites of 2010 according to TIME

From useful to confusing, for players "on a large scale" and for unknown personalities, TIME presents a "guide" to everything that is best on the Internet.

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Music and video


Vimeo is a streaming video service of choice for creative people - from recordings on Indie Darling to hits on YouTube. For casual viewers, Vimeo is a place for short, artistic, video excerpts. Enter “President” into the search and you will see a pop-up humorous animated video book that broadcasts the entire history of the presidency of George W. Bush. Enter the same word in the search on YouTube and you will find relevant music videos and excerpts of old news. Feel the difference? The site recently announced a new embedded HTML5 standard player, compatible with Apple’s non-flash-compatible devices, as well as a new Vimeo channel for cable TV set-top boxes Roku, which directs the stream of broadcasted as well as selected programs directly to your TV screen.


Need to find a scene from your favorite movie? With over 12,000 film fragments available, Movieclips has one of the most comprehensive collections available on the Internet — and there is no need to be confused among duplicates. You can search by movie title, hero name, actor or keyword. Search results for the word "battle" provide an interesting archive of fragments from the movie Rocky, fights on ancient swords and even one or two battles with pillows, and a search for the phrase "first kiss" will give out famous scenes of kisses from films about Romeo, Scarlet O'Hara the heroes of the musical "Briolin". But “Movieclips” is more than just a movie catalog, since it has its own zest. Using the built-in editor, users can easily create their own video collages. For a start, we chose “The Wizard of Oz,” and in less than 10 minutes, we were able to create a collage.

Grooveshark's free online streaming music center is a service for “picky” music, the content of which depends on what users download. This site has one of the most comprehensive libraries than any other music site (we often find songs that are not on the Pandora and MOG sites), users have the ability to create and save their own playlists, or to trust the choice of songs on the “Grooveshark” radio station Pandora style by clicking on the images of smiles and sad panda for evaluating songs. Freeware never sounded so good.


Located in Berkeley, California, the MOG Subscribed Music Streaming Service provides unlimited listening at a very low monthly fee. The basic package with a subscription fee of $ 4.99 per month allows users to listen to all available streaming music, while the package of Primo services for $ 9.99 per month includes downloadable tunes with quality up to 320 kbps, which you can listen to on your computer or mobile device, disconnecting from the Internet. As a bonus, you get the option to synchronize all selected playlists on your phone with lists on your computer and vice versa. Plus, there is no annoying limit on the number of times you can “skip this song.” The service allows you to listen to any song as often as you like, so skip as much as you like.


Beautiful interactive user site Soytuaire. Labuat.com invites visitors to "draw" music. For the first single of the debut album of the Spanish group Labuat - the song “Soy Tu Aire”, web designers picked up a unique interactive brush; Those who know how to control the mouse well can draw a picture as they wish. Try and then click Replay, and get hypnotizing sensations, well, or click Record and send your “moving” picture to a friend. This is too exciting to do.

Sports sites


On August 5, 2010, the former star of the Los Angeles Lakers team (Los Angeles Lakers) Shaquille O'Neal woke up one of the longest standoffs in the League, signing a contract with the hated Boston Celtics team (Boston Celtics). This transition brought the NBA fans into a state of inquisitive excitement: When did Shaq last play for Los Angeles? How many years have passed since the last time he played in the champion team? What place did he occupy among the best players during the entire existence of the League? Sports-Reference.com is a universal website with answers to all these questions. The site contains statistics and results of games in seven sports - baseball, football, basketball, hockey, college football, college basketball and the Olympics - linking the past with the present of all professional sports teams and athletes. Moreover, it is updated right during the game season, delivering the latest facts and figures to your computer.


Fantastic sports teams require constant attention and care. As for the real head coaches, the key to creating a winning situation on the field, court or distance is the presence of a healthy active team. Rotoworld is your 24 hour nurse who delivers up-to-date information about team actions, injuries received and rising stars. Connected to NBCSports.com, the player news strip includes time-sorted advertisements for Major Baseball League, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Nascar races, events in the world of golf, and college football competitions. Each of the newsletters includes a brief excerpt and a link to the source, satisfying the daily needs of any fans of fantastic games, both playing on a case-by-case basis and non-climbing out of the game.


Facts and figures mean nothing to you. After sitting for four hours in a basketball game, the scoreboard is bored. All you can think about is gossip, heard in the post-game radio broadcast, allegedly the home team player had a fight with his father-in-law in the parking lot. Together with FoxSports.com, " Yardbarker " closely follows all the screaming news among sports headlines in the morning newspapers. For those who like to track any deviations in behavior, Yardbarker provides the Hot 40 athletes who do something right (or wrong) to catch the eye of the public.

Total pro sports

Upset that America is fixated only on popular sports? If the Sports Center of the cable television network of sports and entertainment programs does not support your crazy views, then Total Pro Sports can be a serious alternative to it. The site proudly offers videos of rare moments, from a Hungarian priest who rides a skateboard, to the best sports-related toys found in Happy Mill from McDonald's. Among the regular headings are “Daily game bets” for those who sleep and see how to win big in Vegas, as well as “Daily statistical evening news feed” for fans of fiction. And last but not least, there is a whole page dedicated to thinking about the Hockey League of Ontario, the organization that runs the Canadian Junior Games.

Citizen sports

With technology, which literally is at their fingertips, sports fans lead the way to creating active news channels. For those who love the yellow press with rumors and gossip, Citizen Sports makes up its content in such a way as to combine sports events with social networking. Together with “Yahoo!” Sporting events, the main landmark of the site is its Citizen Sports Center, which provides subscribers with a customizable page on the home page with news about their favorite teams. The company's free application “Sportacular” for use in the iPhone allows fans to share their views through predictions and comments on upcoming games. Also, users can plunge into the secular waves of the March madness or fantastic football and keep in touch with friends and opponents in the online community.

Family and Children

Design mom

Interior designer Gabrielle Blair has a hectic life. With six children - yes, six - one would assume that her design talents would not have gone further diapers. However, Blair’s articles on her popular Design Mom website about how design is combined with motherhood show that somehow it can still be combined: a large family, a sharp look and creative abilities. Read her articles on the art of cutting out fingerprints from paper, updating halls and - we almost forgot - about the birth of her daughter in May. Just do not hate her for perfection.

Serious eats

Tired of cooking potato sticks and chicken legs? Then refer to “ Serious Eats ” for people-tested recipes, videos and blog materials about everything you can chew. Read about oatmeal from Washington, DC, or how to arrange a women's dinner together when the children go to school again, or learn how to cook grilled corn with chili lime butter - yum-yum! The recipes offered will satisfy even the most discerning gourmets in your house, although, of course, you can first ask for their consent before serving kimchi and cheese sandwiches (on the grill) at the next family picnic.


This online magazine shows how cool it is to be parents, the whole period from pregnancy to adolescence. Learn how to choose a child’s name that will be popular on Facebook and Google, how to prepare for the school year, and how to dress your little girl in daughters fashion in “Real New Jersey Housewives” (yes okay, you know yourself that you are watching them). The site "Babble" also has sections for daddies and future daddies, where you can pass the time with advantage, while on cable is advertising.


This is an online bazaar selling fashionable clothes, toys and home furnishings handmade. This trade forum is a one-stop shop for every family where they buy home decoration products, clothes for children and toys for adults. Desperately trying to find a damning gift for relatives who have “everything there”? Buy wine glasses "Star Wars". Looking for something unique in the nursery of your baby already clogged with all sorts of toys on wheels? How about a copy of a fire truck, a police car, and an ambulance at the pickledpumpkins shop online store? Often, only one copy of each type of product is offered for sale at a time, so they are quickly sold out. If this happens, contact the author of the toy by e-mail and he may help you to get the same copy, or to pick something even better.

Sesame street

Let's face it, the children's program " Sesame Street " is not only educational; she very quickly becomes a pleasant habit. This site offers a great opportunity for the magic not to end all day, learning hot details about all the heroes of the show. Do you know that Abbie Kadabbi's birthday is October 21st and her favorite song is “Baby Spider”? Or that the telly monster's best friend is Bear? Even your children can play educational games - just do not tell them that they are educational - and watch videos with such old acquaintances as Shortbread, Birdies, Vlas and Enik. During a quiet hour, parents can take a look at the section on how to get a family back on their feet in difficult economic times. Yes, even Sesame Street can be serious.

News and Information


It seems that no other newspaper, which is printed on paper, enjoys so much the full benefits of the digital age as the Guardian . This British newspaper not only provides original and comprehensive information by posting it on the best newspaper web sites in the world, but it also developed an excellent collection of mobile phone applications that allow you to distribute content across various mobile platforms. But perhaps the most unusual is that, despite the fact that other British newspapers hid their content behind the payment fence, The Guardian newspaper, on the contrary, maximally revealed itself to the world, offering free access to over 1 million archival articles and providing developers with tools for creating applications that modify the vast information base of the newspaper.

The onion

At the time when we were still picking up our weekly print edition, Onion had already developed a multimedia empire of bold — and always satirical — material. Respecting its long history, The Onion has been providing its archive for more than twenty years; At the same time, “The Onion” is also active today, presenting 2 times a day a video parodying everything from the American cable television network C-Span to the Today Show morning news program and sports cable television ESPN. Also, audio podcasts (known as Onion Radio) are posted here every day, as well as some of the funniest slideshows on the Internet. At the same time, any serious connoisseur of mastery will tell you that among the materials on the entertainment website of the AV Club of The Onion company there are reports exclusively about good art (as well as a collection of comments by erudite users).

The daily beast

It’s compulsory for any serious news fans to read this website makes not only that level of writers who are going to The Daily Beast on the website of Tina Brown. Also important is the desire of the publishers of the site to select and highlight the most important headlines of the day, so you can quickly learn about the most basic events. As a news site, The Daily Beast has a triple function: it defines trends, is a deep analytical center for sharing information about events and views, and also, thanks to a detailed and understandable “cheat sheet,” saves your time well.

National geographic

Before diving into the digital world of the National Geographic site, make sure that you have plenty of free time, because you can go unnoticed for hours in the depths of the global ecosystem and other important environmental issues that other sites simply bypass. From delightful collections of photographs of natural objects to in-depth sections on the most pressing environmental issues, such as reducing the number of clean water sources and the prospects for creating renewable energy sources, the National Geographic website reveals many of the wonders of nature - as well as the greatest dangers to it. Moreover, all this is complemented by an impressive array of interactive maps and games. Feel like you were chained to the desk? Let the reports from the scene take you from an office building in NYC or a service office in Bentonville, Arkansas, to a research vessel bobbing through the waves in the middle of the Mediterranean. Just don’t blame us if you miss a meeting with your marketing team at 3:00.


Launched in 2006, WikiLeaks , an anonymous forum of leaked secrets, collected over a million documents in its first year alone, creating a reputation as an invaluable resource of public disclosures and public control. But the site reached great fame on July 25 of this year, providing tens of thousands of documents relating to the war in Afghanistan to the general public, unleashing controversy in the press and among great policy experts on the conduct and prospects of this war. Many observers, pointing to such military mistakes as their own fire and civilian casualties, also outlined a picture of the conflict, which is much more serious than everyone thought, compared the information leak on July 25 with the publication of the Pentagon’s documentation during the Vietnam War. The next morning, WikiLeaks has evolved from a run-down site into the main catalyst of the national news cycle.

Finance and Productivity


If you are trying to tighten the belt and accelerate the accumulation of funds for retirement, then you will not be able to help yourself with a better analytical resource on the Internet than Mint.com . This site will allow you to simultaneously track all major bank accounts: checks, savings, credit cards, loans and investments. Also, “Mint” will help you break your habits about spending money by providing the ability to track the movement of each dollar. Due to the fact that billing data is updated every 24 hours, users can freely enter the issue of financial management in their daily routine. The site can be used absolutely free, but it is also coded to protect all of your confidential financial information.


Look at Wikinvest as a continuation of the services of the Mint website for your portfolio of investments. The site synchronizes its data with the data of brokers for real-time information, so that users can track their relative market characteristics, as well as find material about companies. Consider that this is a site where user-provided information meets official statistics, something like “Wikipedia” plus “Yahoo! Finance. " This summer, this site has become even more advanced, announcing its intention to start sending messages, through which news about your investments will be sent directly to your email address, to your iPhone or iPad .


Don't just read about the stock exchange; soak in it. This is visually possible due to the site “ StockMapper ”, which not only provides a table of statistics of all stock shares. With the help of the so-called "heat map" its columns are painted in different colors in accordance with the relative market value of certain securities. Designed by Hermann Zhegner of the New York-based design studio TWO-N, the site provides users with the ability to manage heat maps, grouping them according to their geographical region, industry type, alphabetical index, price change, trade volume, and total market value of the company. Isn't that cool?


Promising the ability to tag, organize and organize literally everything in your life, the Springpad website really distinguished itself in 2010 by launching a mobile application that allows users to search, catch and organize everything literally on the fly. Write and save notes, synchronize contact lists, enter and then delete items in the lists of planned cases, determine the location of shops and restaurants, use satellite coordinates to find the nearest outlets, scan bar codes of products that you would like to remember or learn about more. Springpad is just a big information dump. In addition to simply storing information, you can then streamline it and easily find what you need using a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer; the program also synchronizes between different devices.


Wakerupper is a simple website that provides a complex service. Enter your phone number, set the date and time, add a message that will be read in an electronic voice on the computer and voila: your number will be dialed just when you have planned. This service can be used as a universal alarm clock or as a timely reminder, but we like to call it “free permit for release from prison” most of all. Going on a first date or premiere to the city and would like to have an escape route just in case? Program this call of a computer robot, and then decide at the right moment: is it just a wrong number or do you need to run and save a friend or girlfriend?

Trade and tourism


Connect impulse purchases with large discounts and you will receive “ Groupon ”, a site that offers daily discounts at restaurants, beauty salons and other attractive places in more than 90 cities in the United States and Canada. Groupon, which serves the market of 29 countries, cooperates with local companies to provide one-day discounts; if enough people buy a discount coupon, it will take effect, often reducing prices by half, if not more. Groupon has caused the birth of an infinite number of similar group shopping sites, such as LivingSocial, BuyWithMe and Yipit, to name just a few, but none of them have such a global field of action as Groupon.

Gilt groupe

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