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Anti's Top 10 Websites: do your favourites make the cut?
Top Ten Websites
Member Name: Anti
Top Ten Websites
Advantages: These websites help make life easier and pass the time!
Disadvantages: In my opinion, nothing!
For my 100th review, I've decided to look at the thing I spend my most time on and the reason why the likes of 'Dooyoo' and 'ciao!' exist in the first place- the internet! Never can you find a bigger library of information and entertainment in the world than from the comfort of your own computer. Therefore I've decided to reveal, in no particular order, my top ten websites on the internet. I'll admit that a lot of the popular/more-predictable ones might make an appearance but who knows, a couple might get your interest...
Ebay: Ah yes, the huge online auction site. You can find so many bargains on here, whether it's a generic piece of clothing or a rare collection of coins. Then of course there's the opportunity to sell off unwanted items or even set up your own business if you're dedicated. Obviously eBay is home to ripoff items and scammers but with such a huge market covered that is inevitable. I come here not only to buy but also browse items that I might want to buy or sell in the future.
GameFAQs: Forget spending money on expensive strategy guides, this is the place to go if you need help on video games! GameFAQs is home to walkthroughs of thousands of games across all platforms: free, text-based guides that have been uploaded by dedicated gamers, giving you step-by-step instructions and tips throughout. Some people write just an FAQ for games, some write specialized guides (e.g. for minigames or bosses), and some will upload images of maps for those pesky dungeons and open areas. There are also forums for various topics (including other than video games) and a questions and answers section to get specific help that walkthroughs may not cover. A very helpful website indeed!
TV Tropes: An encyclopaedic website that details explanations and examples of tropes in media. Tropes are like tools in fiction and for the most part, real life. The websites works a lot like Wikipedia but, as the home page says is "a buttload more informal" in covering television shows, films, music, video games and more. I love looking up a television show or video game and seeing what tropes apply to its production or characters, or seeing how a certain trope applies to different media, for hours on end!
Amazon: What more can be said about this site, really? It's a website that sells (almost) everything and has expanded rapidly from just selling books. Now, Amazon is a first stop (even to eBay) if I want to buy or browse online, especially since most books can be found on the Marketplace for pennies. The easy availability of gift certificates either through Dooyoo or many survey sites means that most times I'm purchasing a lot of stuff for free!
That Guy With The Glasses: What is this site? It is a host of various webshows related to reviews of television shows (both live action and animated), video games, films, comic books music. The titular 'That Guy With The Glasses' is Doug Walker who is the main producer and star of the site with his show 'The Nostalgia Critic', a hilarious review show on films and tv shows of the 80s and 90s. People growing up in those decades like myself will love the show, but also should take at the other web shows by different producers depending on your interests. The web producers are all dedicated people and can be really funny. It's definitely an ideal website for young, geeky adults (emphasis on adults here- many of the webshows have strong language and quite mature humour).
Facebook: Again, another website where not a lot more can be said. Sure, a lot of stupid people can say/do/upload pictures of stupid things on facebook, but nevertheless it's still a great way of keeping contact with friends worldwide, see what people are up to and follow the pages of your various interests. The fact that many companies and individuals are using facebook as a publicising tool is testament to its influence on our current society. For me, it's my primary way of finding out news around the world, either through page links or people's soapbox opinions (sometimes not always well-construed!).
Moneysavingexpert: It was quite close as whether I should list this or HotUKDeals, but I believe in terms of general financial help MSE is most useful. Set up by financial expert Martin Lewis, this website provides invaluable help on saving money in different aspects: choosing the best value bank accounts, saving efficiently, paying debts efficiently, and increasing your income. This is the site I thank for allowing me to discover websites that help earn a little bit of extra on the side- including the one you're reading this piece on right now!
Youtube: I've been a fan of Youtube since about 2006 and it's amazing how much this video website has expanded. It's still a place where you can find videos of absolute stupidty and hilarious 30 second pratfalls, but now you can watch music videos, web shows, tv show clips and video game playthroughs (commonly known as 'Let's Plays'). It is a platform for finding both serious and comical things to the point where people can early money for uploading videos on whatever they do best and, like facebook, is another go-to place for news and advertising.
Google: The ultimate search engine and then some! Google not only finds anything I want to look up- most of which I find an answer to on the first page of results- but also provides me with maps, price comparison guides and even book snippets (very useful for essay bibliographies). The sheer convenience and speed of Google means that it has been my internet home page for the past eight years of internet browsing.
Hotmail: Even if you hate every other aspect of the internet (in which case, why are you here?) you have to admit that email is one the fastest methods of contact worldwide. Without an email address, whether on here or gmail, yahoo mail etc., you can't even participate on many of these websites listed here. For me, hotmail is a dependable email server that has worked efficiently for many years. It has allowed me to keep updated on my favourite website and allows me to connect with people around the world at a click of a mouse (or touch of the pad).
So these are my top ten websites. I don't visit all of them daily but I refer back to them when needed to and haven't found any brilliant alternatives to any of them. Have some piqued your fancy? Maybe you don't like any of them. Well that's your opinion- but mine is that these websites are and will always be invaluable to my daily life.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Websites on games, videos and shopping!