Internet, World Wide Web Services, Search Engines and Online Communities

LivingInternet.com - General guide to the Internet, includes sections covering the history of the Web, email, Usenet and other topics.

World Wide Web Consortium - International industry consortium founded in 1994 whose purpose is to develop specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to promote the Internet's evolution and ensure its interoperability.

Best of the Web

The Best Designs - Features a gallery of selected Web designs updated weekly, design resources and articles.

CoolHomepages.com - Graphical index of thousands of the best web page designs, categorized and fully searchable. User submissions encouraged.

Design Project - Exhibition of the best in design. Contains works of many of the world's top designers, reviews, interviews, and tutorials.

Internet Vibes - Illustrated directory of well-designed sites with rating system. Features an online community, tutorials and downloads.

Vianet Website of the Day - Daily selection with a brief review of each site.

Web Digest For Marketers   - Online strategist Larry Chase reviews marketing sites launched by Fortune 1000 companies.

ALA Great Web Sites for Kids - From the American Library Association. ALA children's librarians evaluate web sites to find the best for kids and parents.

Bedford Public Library Best of the Web - Prepared by the Reference Department at the Bedford, New Hampshire Public Library

Black Stump - Learn about new sites, search engines, cool sites, Australiana.

Bonzer Web Sites of the Week - The best of independent content sites from around the 'net.

CyberScribbles - Weekly review of 5-7 family-friendly websites. Online edition of Paula McHugh's print column from the Beacher Weekly Newspaper.

ECO-PROS Great Links - Ecology education site for children features scientific links to help kids learn about the earth sciences.

Education World Site Reviews - Monthly reviews of educational web sites.

The Flash Gallery - Reviews and rates some of the best Flash sites.

Forbes.com Best of the Web - The best business sites reviewed by the editors at Forbes magazine. Updated weekly and archived.

Hawaii's Best Drives and Sites - Monthly list of the best Hawaiian sights, drives and websites.

Jewelry Days - Web Gems - Reviews of informational gem and jewelry sites.

Linky and Dinky - Linky tends to choose culturally enriching, "brainier" sites. Dinky often veers off into the bizarre, grotesque and far-fetched. Newsletter available.

Mac's Picks of the Week - A collection of family-friendly interesting and useful sites, updated weekly.

Media Man Australia - Site Reviews - Reviews of media related sites with an Australian flavor, from Greg Tingle.

Michigan eLibrary Best of the Web - Sites in twenty-eight categories as selected by professional librarians.

New York Public Library Best of the Web - Catalog of reviewed sites as selected by the librarians at the New York Public Library

PheedCentral - Reviews of tools and techniques for using RSS, blog and other content sharing strategies.

San Diego's Monthly Best of The Web - A monthly selection of great resources and interesting sites focusing on the San Diego area.

Sitecritic.net - Reviews websites and recognizes those that show great professionalism in design and content.

Slot Machine Fan's Best of the Web - Reviews of the most useful and educational slot machine web sites.

Surfing the Net with Kids - Syndicated newspaper columnist Barbara J. Feldman reviews educational websites for families and teachers.

USA Today Tech Space - A daily look at net culture, web sites news and notes from the world of technology.

Web Reviews - Website Reviews - Best websites reviewed on the internet

Web Search Advisor - Weekly Web Watch Newsletter with web site reviews.

Webscout.com - Weekly email and Web-based index of reviews. It includes only the Net's best Web sites, archives and discussion groups.

Wow Web Designs - Database of web design reviews with screen shots. Users can rate and review entries. Designer and tool directories, articles.

Wow-Factor.com - Showcases inspirational designs and features a 'Site of the Week'. Users may submit sites.

Yahoo Picks - Features 5-10 new sites each week, with capsule reviews of each.

Best of the Web - Top Lists

100 Best Online - Review-based list of sites, ranked by style, usability, and content.

100 Best Websites - Noncommercial sites listing 100 sites, selected based on 21 criteria of excellence.

Choice Review - Provides a top 10 directory and reviews of the top choices in a variety of popular subjects.

100.com - Provides the 100 most relevant Web sites for each major category, selected, edited and ranked by professional editors.

7 in1 Best of the Web - 700 hand-picked sites in 26 categories.

Net Top 20 - Annotated list of the top 20 sites in multiple categories.

PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites - Top 100 websites that break new ground in one of 10 categories. Sites are updated every 100 days.

10sites.com - Lists the 10 of the best sites in ten categories

Surf Directions - A top list of the best web sites on the Internet, sorted by the visitors' votes.

Top 10 Links - Top 10 Web sites organized in 14 top-level categories with over 1000 sub-categories.

Top of Everything - Selects the top 11 sites in a number of categories.

Top Ten Web Sites - Personal Top ten web sites on differents categories.

Topfivesites.com - Lists the top five sites in twenty key categories.

TopTenSites - Lists the top 10 sites in various key categories.

Web100.com - List of the editors' favorite 100 sites on the Web, arranged in 10 useful categories.

Worst of the Web

Vincent Flanders' Web Pages That Suck -Source for learning good design by looking at bad design.

Ambit's Totally Useless - A growing list of dozens of Web sites with absolutely no purpose.

The Chaos Engine - Offers a look at the current quality and condition of the web and the internet as a whole. Covers areas such as spam, privacy, serious breaches of "netiquette", forceful marketing, technology and web design.

Golden Trash Awards - For sites that lack originality, creativity, and purpose.

NuttySites.com - Directory of some of the worst, nuttiest, and downright wackiest sites on the net.

Shitty Blogs Club - Humorous club for bloggers who can laugh at their own attempts at blogging.

Tweef Web - A page attempting in its own small way to catalog the weirdest of the web.

Worst of the Web - Features one site per day, with an archive back to November 1996.

Entertainment

AOL Video On Demand - Browse the AOL Video catalog or search the Web and find video clips.

At Whurl TV - Online entertainment laboratory in which you can experiment with the current project. Includes interactive animations, virtual reality, music videos and 3D images.

BBC Entertainment Online - Includes video clips, games, quizzes, competitions, trivia and audio.

Dellacroix Haunted House - This is a virtual haunted house created for fun, it is not intended for small children. It has graphic photos and descriptions of murder and mayhem. Includes hidden items, lots of ways to die and each death will let you reply directly by email. Rated PG-13.

Dull Grey Studios - Creators of Macromedia Flash games, film and other media.

The Entertainment Zone - Downloads of movie trailers, selected video clips, music videos, and Hindi MP3s.

Free Stuff

About.com Freebies - Maintained and daily updated site with a free newsletter, bulletin board, chat and regular topical feature articles.

Absolutely Freebies - Searchable free stuff directory containing screen savers, sweepstakes, magazines, and webspace.

All Free Things - A large searchable directory of freebies available on the web, organized by category. Also offers a newsletter.

All-4-Free Freebie Tree - Categorised links to free products and samples.

Best Free Stuff Online.com - Links to free makeup samples and free stuff for moms, dads, kids, baby and pets.

Digital Free Stuff - A free stuff directory with ratings and reviews of hundreds of freebies ranging from t-shirts to domain names.

Dream Freebies - Browse through more than 5000 individual freebies at this extensive directory. Updated daily.

EZ-Freebies.com - Searchable freebies database organized by categories.

The Free Site - Resource for freebies, including products, graphics, services, product samples, games and email.

1 Free Stuff Site - Clean and simple design. High quality freebies.

The Free Stuff Times - Links to free stuff, with archive and forum.

Free Vault - A comprehensive collection of resources, reviewed and rated.

FreebieDirectory.com - Searchable guide to thousands of freebies, including graphics, freeware and games.

FreebieDot.com - Frequently updated, high quality, and frequently updated site.

FreebieList.com - Offers a large collection of freebies and free stuff such as games, screen savers, contests, and sounds.

Online Communities

AsianXO.com - Provides free news, profiles, e-mail, homepage, chat, and forums.

Buzznet - Users can create communities and share blogs and photographs.

Communities.com - Provides chat rooms, communities, forums, instant messaging, detailed photo profiles, photo galleries, and photo ratings. Search members by age, sex, location, and interests.

The Cult - A worldwide organization of mostly high school and college students - a unique collection of ideas and services.

Dacity.com - Provides members a free message board on many subjects, free chat services, free homepages and free online games.

Facemeet: - Worldwide chatrooms, swap photos, rate and message each other. Free sign up and membership.

Flamingcube - Offer image gallery hosting, webmail, albums, polls, and forums.

Flork - Worldwide community of interesting people. Find new friends easily by 'florking around.'

Forums for Everything - PC help, home repair, automotive and others.

Found Myself - Provides a forum for artwork, hobbies, and opinions. Has chat rooms, message boards, games, contests, an online drawing program, and image gallery.

Kancof: Greatness Among Nations - From philosophy to world news to politics to religion to sports to fitness to weapons.

The Lost Diner - Focused on the abandoned, forgotten, mysterious, and unexplained. Has forums, chat rooms, and message board. Share stories, photos, maps, conversation, links, and ideas.

Web Applications

Application Rental Guide - A searchable directory of web-based apps and application service providers (ASP) arranged by price, reviews, ratings, and hits.

ASP Greeting Card Starter Kit - Web developer software to add professional greeting cards with pictures and music to your ASP website. One hundred percent open source and customizable.

ASP-Directory - A searchable directory of Application Service Providers and hosted business applications. ASP-Directory provides a comprehensive listing of industry leading hosted software solutions.

Checkbook Register Online - A free program to manage, balance, and update one's checkbook online.

How Stuff Works: Application Service Providers - Explanation of what an application service provider is. Includes current examples and a guide on how to select an ASP.

Link Leecher - A free online utility designed to grab and validate all the links from a web page.

Object Workshop - Sanity is a software tool to design and depict relational database structures using the entity-relationship diagramming notation.

ReportsTrader.com - Application Service Provider that develops and hosts online interactive reports that can be viewed over the internet and exported to PDF, Excel, CSV, and other formats.

Zoho - Offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing productivity and easy collaboration. Office tools include a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, hosted wiki, notebook, mail, and CRM.

Slashdot | Articles | Applications Service Providers May Change Your Life - Discussion of Jim Seymour's article. (November 8, 1999)

Applications for Rent - Suite101.com - A new breed of intermediaries, the Application Service Providers, is redefining the IT landscape. (November 1, 1999)

Application service providers: An old idea made new - The introduction of outsourced Web-based shared resource business applications has returned us to the bygone days of service bureaus and time-sharing. (August 23, 1999)

Application Service Providers and e-business - John Morency of Network World Fusion talks about the rapid growth and increasing potential of ASPs. (May 7, 1999)

Web Portals

My Netscape - Customizable homepage with information allowing access to stock quotes, sports scores, news, and weather.

Yahoo! - Personalized content and search options. Chatrooms, free e-mail, clubs, and pager.

All Site Cafe - Internet, Hollywood, fun stuff and the Titanic.

AOL - America On Line's portal, offering search, shopping, channels, chat and mail.

Beast Lair - Fun portal which offers search and email, polls, tests, games, jokes and desktop wallpaper.

BrightPortal.com - A collaboration and information portal. Includes message boards.

Buzzle.com: Intelligent Life on the Web - Features its own directory, free e-mail, message boards, news, articles and short stories online. Provides information on health, travel, science, technology and lifestyles.

The Cannylink Internet Guide - Offers a web directory, search, classifieds, stock reports, weather, debt management, chat rooms and free email.

Citibay - Portal offering a parallel search starting with Google. Guide to US cities, news, travel guide, e-greetings cards and email.

CurryGuide - Global metasearch engine and Web portal. News, weather, horoscope, shopping, kids search, mp3, music, children, weather forecast, books.

First Productions - Features search, news, stocks, weather, recipes, comics, and horoscopes. Offers free e-mail.

Go - A searchable directory, news, stocks, sports and free e-mail.

G-Portal - News, stocks, weather and links.

Home-Page.com - Provides one click access to popular sites in the personal, small business and webmaster categories.

JM Links - A mini-directory to selected web links arranged by subjects: arts, business, education, food & dining, government, health, home design, sports, travel, society and culture.

LavaCubed.com - Form access to simple search on several engines one at a time, iSyndicate news. Free e-mail, URL redirection, and chat.

Lycos - North American portal with email, YellowPages, heavily integrated search engine, personal settings and weather.

Main Portals - Listing of portals by subject and country. Israel AI meta search of 30 engines.

Maujmasti - Message boards, horoscope, collection of quotations, greetings, photo album and live chat.

MaximumEdge.com - Internet starting point featuring a metasearch engine, news, e-mail, weather, stock quotes, comics, radio, and movies.

MrEverything - Web portal with search, directory using the ODP, real estate, shopping, news, finance, stock quotes, recipes, indoor air quality information, travel.

MSN.com - Microsoft's newly renamed portal entry. Features personalization, channels of content sites like Carpoint, and integration with Hotmail e-mail.

Nevaranta - This is the portal for street-culture, politics, and art in general. From music to movies, cartoons, and games. To fashion, teen matters and politics.

nPorta - Web portal personal information resource, web logs, and content provider in wireless communication and technology for corporate and private users.

PortalPlanet - Offers free e-mail, news, customizable front page and links. Also available for company branding.

PrimeTap.com - Features search engine, directory, online magazine, research resources, free stuff, shopping, games and news.

Quick Net Guide - Web portal where users control the content. A searchable directory of thousands of user-submitted websites, chat, news, jokes, and this day database.

Sasmail.net - Free email, links, webmaster resources, and shopping portal.

The Search Beat - Directory that organizes the web by theme pages.

Search Caddy - Meta search engine, directory, stock quotes, weather, and yellow pages.

Searchalot.com - Portal with email, news headlines, weather, personals and greetings. Search with drop-down selection of search engines; directory from the Open Directory.

SearchtheWeb.com - The ultimate web search service providing access to weather, search, shopping, stocks, and games.

Sheilsoft Computer Systems - Portal with wallpapers and web resource.

Spinfinder - Free email, chat and shopping.

Start Web Page - Fast access to major search engines, free email, stock quotes, shopping coupons, news, weather.

Surfing Sam - Sam's mission- To make the Internet a more personal and enjoyable experience. A free personal website with links and a quality search utility.

Swirve.com - Offers horoscopes, games, ecards and movie reviews.

TheAllINeed.com - Portal with news, free email, web directory, freeware downloads, user's forum, greeting cards, online games and content articles on business, home, family, kitchen, entertainment...

TooLittleTime Start Page - Links; search the top nine search engines at once. Guide and tools for building a free web page.

Total Surfer - Website reviews on topics of culture, family, introspection, psychology, recovery, spirituality and wellbeing. Ideal for counsellors and any concerned individual.

Voila - European portal, with localized search and content solutions spanning many languages and countries. Enables you to search "the best of" the American content.

Wapda - Offers recent news articles, newgroups, free 10 MB email account, domain registration, games, and an online chat.

Web Portal, Inc. - Nice searchable small general directory.

Web-a-dex - Internet start page that includes voice chat, language translator, universal search, music, and news.

WebPlaces.com - A comprehensive guide to the Internet, including indexes, directories, meta-search engines, FTP, chat (IRC), usenet (newsgroups), and specialized directories.

Wee Universe - Web portal includes reference, news, entertainment, trivia and helpful information.

WhereToGoOnline.com - An adventurous tour through the internet. Lots of hidden jems of the web listed in an easy to use interface.

World Knowledge Database - Newsfeed with a directory of links.

WorldHot.com - Provides portal to categorized list of top 100 websites covering a variety of topics.

ZenSearch - Collection of shopping sites, articles, forums, music history, news headlines.