mercredi 24 décembre 2008

Les 100 sites de l'année

Le quotidien britannique, The Guardian, propose "ses" 100 meilleurs sites 2008.

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100 top sites illustration

Illustration: Jan Kallwejt

So here are our 100 revised best sites to see you through the next couple of years. They're organised roughly along those lines.


Now as easy as falling off a log.

Bloglines for reading web feeds. Smart and clean.

Wordpress free, and most importantly spam-free, blogging.


A newly revived category, thanks to Chrome and Safari.

Chrome newly out of beta, though Windows-only.

Firefox infinitely malleable, with fewer security holes.

Flock with an emphasis on linking to social networks.

Opera growing in importance for mobiles.

Safari Apple's contender; a leader in mobile web access.


Everyone needs some relaxation.

Dilbert hi, cube-dwellers.

Alex amid the financial crisis, Alex the banker remains reliably self-interested.

Doonesbury the cartoon you'll also find in that printed newspaper thing.

The Joy of Tech well-drawn, witty near-daily takes on Apple and computing life.

XKCD "Stick-figure strip featuring humour about technology, science, mathematics and relationships."


The main change from last time: whatever you want to do, wherever you are.

Dipity build timelines and add text, pictures and videos.

Zoho everything in one place, from documents to presentations.

Rememberthemilk online task/to-do management.

Netvibes your to-do lists, news, weather and photos on one page.

280slides create presentations online. Very slick.

Zamzar convert files from one format to another.


A field where handheld, bedroom and Flash games are becoming mainstream

Eurogamer reportage, with breadth, if not always depth.

The Independent GamingSource a great place to pick up on tomorrow's breakthrough hits.

Pocket Gamer still by far the best site on handheld gaming.

Metacritic industry touchstone and useful one-stop buying guide.

Jay is Games passionate, well-designed and knowledgeable.

Geek squad

Stack Overflow where programmers gather.

The Daily WTF daily despatches from the coding warzone.

Joel On Software essays by a former Microsoftie.

Government/public services/politics

Streetwire hyperlocal information including planning alerts, crime and public safety, traffic, local news and postings to

Recycle Now winner of the Show Us A Better Way competition.

British and Irish Legal Information Institute a database of laws. Only survives hand-to-mouth on voluntary donations; where's yours?

What Do They Know? makes filing a Freedom Of Information request as easy as sending an email. Too easy, some in power think.

Upmystreet all the detail on your area you could ever want.

Location, location

Services like these blossom with a mobile phone that can access the internet

Dopplr "share your future travel plans with friends and colleagues", then find out if others will be there too.

Qype localised search for pubs, restaurants, etc; also a bit of a social network.

Loopt "transforms your mobile phone into a social compass".

Brightkite a "location-based social network".


The flip side of location-based services: seeing where you are.

OpenStreetMap a rights-free map created by people like you. Remarkably detailed and precise.

Walkit walking directions for all sorts of routes.

Google Maps Street View soon to have the UK as well.

Noise pollution map how noisy is it in the area around your house?

Where's The Path? Let down by OS's absurd OpenSpace restrictions.

Money/finance/ consumer fightback

We all need someone on our side.

Money Saving Expert does what it says on the tin.

BView review businesses before you use them.

Say No to 0870 direct-dial numbers, not expensive national-rate ones.

Consumer Direct government site for consumers.

Zopa a human-centred way to loan money to people in the developing world.

Music British-made, CBS-owned, music recommendation station.

Amazon now has its own MP3 store in the UK as well as the US.

7Digital music downloads in MP3 format - so not tied to iPods.

Passionato classical music MP3 downloads, slowly building momentum.

Songkick find out where your favourite bands are playing next, based on your music library. be your own DJ and create a social network from your choices and recommendations.

News recommendation

Digg still the reigning champion.

Reddit slightly upmarket from Digg; slightly below...

Techmeme technology news chosen by computer, though it's now adding human editors.

Popurls aggregating the aggregators: the web in a window.

Slashdot still attracts a big, and often knowledgable, audience.


The Onion still the satirical newspaper of record.

B3TA beyond classification; its forum has spawned many memes... and trolls.

Lolcats captioned cats and other animals.

PostSecret notes of secrets sent by people who want them posted. So they are.

Passive-Aggressive Notes would it be too much trouble for you to have a look?


Flickr the granddaddy of photo-sharing sites.

Picnik photo editing in your browser.

Picasa Google's photo organisation and editing tool. Windows only.

Physical from virtual

Moo Moo business cards have become a calling card in themselves.

Blurb coffee-table book publishing of your books.

Lulu book, photobook, calendars and other sorts of publishing.

Cafepress badges, T-shirts etc. US-only at present.

Spreadshirt design your own T-shirt or sweatshirt and get it printed.


CIA Factbook all the data you need on pretty much anywhere.

Wikipedia still a first port of call on most topics.

Rotten Tomatoes check the film you plan to see here.

Internet Archive/Wayback Machine the web in aspic.

Wikileaks anonymous source of leaked documents.


Google still dominates.

Clusty results in clouds.

CoolIris image-based searching - a new way to use the web.

Social software

Chances are high you're a member of at least one, and perhaps all, of these sites.

Facebook virtually everyone's your friend here.

Myspace hangout for all the teenagers. And Kirk Douglas.

LinkedIn mainly for business.

Friends Reunited the original social network.

Twitter, and associated

Twitter has proved itself over and over this year as a vector for news.

Twitter the ur-site, where you can create an identity (or several).

Monitter watch keywords on Twitter. A brand, your name, a meme? No login required at present.

Matt post to multiple Twitter accounts. Requires your password; only give if you trust the site.

Twitterfeed posts blog contents to Twitter. Requires password; only give if you're sure that you trust the site. We do.

Twitter Grader find how you rank on Twitter.


BBC iPlayer already taking up 10% of UK network traffic.

YouTube dominant provider of video content online.

Vimeo better rights control than YouTube and a cleaner interface. set up your own global TV channel.

Qik video-sharing from your mobile.

Joost internet TV via a browser plugin.

Videojug a sort of social network of informational video.

Seesmic short video conversation: another social network.

Virtual worlds/MMORPGs

Runescape amazingly successful MMORPG.

Entropia Universe set in a distant future on the untamed planet of Calypso.

Club Penguin minigame-tastic virtual world for kids.

Moshi Monsters "educational" virtual world for kids.


DabbleDB create online databases and analyse them.

Google Visualisation tools dozens of tools for making data more comprehensible.

Many Eyes IBM's visualisation tools, similar to Google's.

• Which essential sites have we missed? Tell us on the Technology blog

· This article was amended on Friday December 19 2008. We originally gave the wrong address for the local information website Streetwire. It is This has been corrected.