The Top 40 Most Useful Sites

40 Incredible sites you might not have known about

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There are millions and millions of websites out there, and there are certain sites that we probably visit every single day.

However, there are so many amazingly useful sites that exist to save time, save money, help us search more effectively, drill down into reference materials, and so much more. In this article, we're going to take a look at a list of incredibly useful sites that's you'll want to check out yourself.

Search and Reference

  • Wikibooks: A giant collection of textbooks that anyone can edit. Over 26K modules at the time of this writing.
  • HyperHistory: A visual timeline of history; click on a link and you're taken to a whole new panorama of information.
  • oSkope: A visual search engine that lets you search and organize items from different web services.
  • Digital History: For anyone who wants more information on U.S. history, this site is the place to look. It has essays, primary sources, and even space where you can ask a question of a professional historian.

Reading and Writing

Entertainment and Video

  • YouConvertIt: Upload any media format and change it into another media format absolutely for free, without installing any kind of software.
  • Internet Movie Poster Awards: Get the first look at the very latest movie posters here - archives go back to 1913.
  • Miro: Free, open-source Internet TV and video player. Play any video file, download YouTube videos, and a whole lot more. Free download.
  • Animoto: Make your own video using your own images and music with professional looking effects.
  • Internet Movie Script Database: If you're looking for a movie script, this is the first place to look. A great way to get another point of view on your favorite film.

Web Applications and Tools

  • Mint: Free and automatic money management. Mint is a great way to be on top of your finances.
  • Tripit: Organize your travel plans into one master online itinerary with everything you need — a fantastically useful service.
  • AmCharts: Free customizable JavaScript charts and graphics — really nice looking images here to use for your presentations or projects.

Health and Lifestyle

  • My Plate: Track what you're eating and how much you're exercising; you can also get free recipes and weight loss tips here.
  • Fitday: You can start your own free diet journal here, and track your daily food, exercise, weight loss, and fitness goals.
  • SparkPeople: A completely free personalized diet and healthy lifestyle program, including free menu plans, calorie counters, and much more.
  • SugarStats: An easy way for diabetics to track and manage their sugar intake.

Shopping and Travel

  • Woot: One of the best places to find deals on the web; mostly gadgets and technology-related deals here.
  • RetailMeNot: Find coupons from for online and "real" stores.
  • ThisNext: Save what you find around the web at ThisNext, a social shopping community.
  • FlightAware: A free live flight tracker; you can view and track the activity of any private or commercial flight here, as well as get printable airport information.

Music and Multimedia

  • Free streaming radio stations of any music or artist you might be looking for.
  • HypeMachine: Listen to the music that people are talking about on the Web.
  • Gnoosic: Discover new music that you didn't even know you liked.
  • Miro: Free open source internet TV and video player.
  • Magnatune: All the music you want to listen to for free.

News and Information

  • Topix: One of the best search engines out there for news and information.
  • Popurls: One of my favorite sites for getting quick information from a large variety of sources online.
  • BoingBoing: An exceedingly eclectic array of information gathered from all over the Web.
  • Techmeme: One of the best places on the Web to get breaking technology news.
  • Drudge Report: The Drudge Report is a great site to find news that is off the beaten track; he also tends to be the first one to break really big news items.

Productivity and New Media

  • Twitter: A mini-blogging application that you can use to journal your thoughts and ideas.
  • Netvibes: A starting page for the web; you can personalize your Netvibes to your unique preferences.

Fun and Games

  • Orisinal: A beautifully designed gaming site; parents love this one.
  • PaperToys: Hundreds of free custom-designed paper models that you can print out and fold yourself.
  • Web Sudoku: Play Sudoku for free with literally thousands of different combinations.
  • Miniclip: Tons of cute animated games for kids and adults.