Best 50 Websites of 2009

The hottest thing on the Internet is not social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, but Flickr-the popular photo-sharing portal - and the proof is: it has topped TIME's list of the best 50 websites this year.

One of the noticeable trends in this year's list, which was released this week, was on-demand video services, like YouTube, Vimeo and US services Hulu and Netflix.

However, the top two in the list were related to photographs, with California Coastline following Flickr at the second spot.

Third in the list was bookmark website Delicious, while community weblog Metafilter stood at the fourth place.

Popurls, the mashup of the web's most visited social news sites and portals, grabbed the fifth spot in the list.

Twitter ranked sixth and Facebook came 31st in the list, while YouTube and Hulu came at 12th and 14th place in the list.

TIME's list of 50 Best Websites of 2009 is:

1. Flickr - Photo Sharing

2. California Coastline - Coastal Records Project

3. Delicious - The tastiest bookmarks on the web

4. Metafilter - Community Weblog

5. popurls - Genuine aggregator for the latest web buzz

6. Twitter - Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world

7. Skype

8. Boing Boing - Video Site

9. Academic Earth - Video lectures from the world's top scholars

10. OpenTable - Restaurants and Restaurant Reservations

11. Google - Search Engine

12. YouTube Videos

13. Wolfram|Alpha - Computational knowledge engine that draws on multiple sources to answer user queries directly.

14. Hulu - Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free.

15. Vimeo - Video Sharing for you

16. Fora TV - Videos on the People, Issues, and Ideas Changing the Planet

17. Craiglook - Craigslist Search

18. Shop Goodwill - Online Auction Site

19. Amazon - Online Shopping

20. Kayak - Find Cheap Airfare

21. Netflix - DVD Rental...

22. Etsy - Place to buy and sell all things handmade

23. PropertyShark - Real Estate Maps

24. Redfin - Search All the Homes For Sale

25. Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

26. Internet Archive - Digital library of Internet sites

27. Kiva - is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website

28. ConsumerSearch - Product reviews and reports

29. Metacritic - Movie, Tv, Game and Music review site

30. Pollster - Political Surveys and Election Polls, Trends, Charts and Analysis

31. Facebook - is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them

32. Pandora and - Free Radio

33. Musicovery - interactive webRadio

34. Spotify - A world of music. Instant, simple and free

35. Supercook - is a recipe search engine that lets you search by ingredients you have at home

36. Yelp - User Reviews and Recommendations of Top Restaurants, Shopping, Nightlife, Entertainment...

37. Visuwords - online graphical dictionary and thesaurus

38. CouchSurfing - worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.

39. BabyNameWizard NameVoyager the acclaimed interactive graph of baby name popularity.

40. Mint - The best free way to manage your money

41. TripIt - Online travel itinerary and trip planner

42. Aardvark

43. - Store & Share Any Files, Documents, Presentations & Videos

44. Issuu - Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike

45. Photosynth - Your photos, automatically in 3D.

46. OMGPOP - Play Free Multiplayer Games

47. WorldWideTelescope - enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope

48. Fonolo - lets you skip the phone menus when calling large companies. Connect to the right person with less hassle!

49. Get High Now - is a science site disguised as mind-expansion

50. Know Your Meme - viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more...


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