This section is about the Internet as a place where people (users) connect and interact with each other. For technical information about the internet, see computing (and eventually internet or maybe internet technology).
- Wikipedia: collaboratively-written encyclopedia
- Merriam-Webster: online dictionary
- Babel Fish: online translation of text and web pages
- hypertextbook: reference on a number of scientific areas, and one or two other online books
- AboutUs: wiki-based directory, pre-loaded with domain name whois data and home page screenshots
Auction & Barter Sites
- eBay: hugely popular auction site
- MightyBids: online auctions
- SwapAce: "buy, sell, swap, meet, barter, and negotiate for free"
- The Freesound Project: Creative Commons licensed sounds (sound effects, etc.)
books with full content available online (see also #Electronic Publishing)
- Google Books: library of online books, complete and partial
- Edgar Rice Burroughs: the copyright on most or all of his works has now expired in Australia; many have also expired in the US
Places where new ideas are collected and discussed
- AllYourIdeas wiki: post original practical ideas
- SinceSlicedBread.com: "What's your common sense idea?"
- 2007-02-20 blogging and communities
- Amazon Mechanical Turk: automating human information processing
- Cambrian House: for-profit idea sharing
- Helium: paid writing & collaborative editorship
- PeLeMa: simpler interface; no "groups" (US only?)
- 2006-11-03 Gannett to Crowdsource News
- reputation tracking:
These sites let you upload your art for display and (optionally) sale, typically printed on something such as a t-shirt or coffee mug. The selection of item types is generally yours, and you receive a commission.
see also #Electronic Merchandising
- GMK freefonts: several thousand free fonts
not sure if these services are available to customers globally, just in the US, or in certain countries only
- Amazon S3 Web Services
- rsync.net: "Secure, Online, Geo-Redundant Data Storage for Offsite Backup, Remote Access, and Personal Use."
- ...about computers:
- Bud Uglly Design: parody of bad web page design
- CLOSE THIS WINDOW! Turn off the Internet!
- Surprisingly, they don't suggest playing the internet backwards in order to hear the Satanic messages....
- Make My Logo Bigger!!! Cream: parody of bad marketing graphic design
- The Daily WTF: "Curious Perversions in Information Technology" (see also WTF)
- Zombo.com: parody of web site self-overhype
- ...about the humanities:
- Novelty sites
- Image Sharing
- Cute Animal Pictures
- Cute Overload: "we scour the Web for only the finest in Cute Imagery"
- Kittenwar: ratemykitten meets the card game War
- Rate My Kitten: kittens, kittens, and more kittens
- stuffonmycat.com: cats, with stuff on them
- The Daily Kitten: "a new kitten every day... at 3:07 pm"
- cats with captions...
- Kattalogen: parental advisory: this site contains levels of cattage which may be toxic over prolonged exposure times
- I Can Has Cheezburger?: a blog of lolcats images
- ResearchWikis: wiki for market research (their terminology is a little confused in that they seem to consider each page or subject area to be "a (research) wiki")
- wikinvest: wiki for information about financial investing
Maps of the internet
- The Opte Project: graphical maps of all Class C networks on the Internet
see also #Radio
- free, legal downloads
- Jamendo (music sharing)
- VIRB (music & other media sharing)
- Magnatune: "The open music record label"
- Mr. Furious Records: free downloads of complete songs
- Incompetech: royalty-free music: mostly instrumental for use as backing; some are loopable
- artists with free downloads:
- musical scores:
- legal and portable but not free:
- site is slightly annoying because there is apparently no link to see what music they have until you sign up, although there is a free trial period; however, this URL seems to work even if you aren't signed up
- 2006-05-22 Making money selling music without DRM: the rise of eMusic
- free streams (aside from #Radio) (all work with Linux/Firefox):
- independent artist promotion sites:
- novel demonstrations online:
- information about artists
- WikiMusicGuide, "The music fan site that anyone can edit" (still in beta, so memberships are not automatic)
- mainstream (see issuepedia:mainstream media)
- highlights: collections of interesting items from various sources
- commentary: links to news items, with summary and reader comments
Radio stations listenable over the net (without special software or a subscription)
- DementiaRadio: plays newer music of the sort generally heard on the Dr. Demento Show
- Egg Radio
- Radio Hidebound: "151 proof college radio aged 20 years" (but they do play stuff younger than 20)
- MFA Radio: a feed from Music for America (haven't actually tried to load it yet --Woozle 12:30, 14 November 2006 (EST))
- Radio Paradise: "eclectic online rock radio" .. "listener-supported"
- SomaFM: multiple channels, multiple streaming formats, listener-supported
- LinkedIn: networking for professionals
- MySpace: generally regarded as awful, although extremely popular
- Ning: "Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds. You can make it public or private and for anything - and anyone - you'd like."
- Orkut (now run by Google)
popularity estimates for individual sites