Sunday, July 1, 2007

Time magazine suggested a list of web sites that most people can't live without
Amazon.com
BBC.co.uk
Citysearch.com
Craigslist.org
Del.icio.us
Digg.com
Ebay.com
Facebook.com
FactCheck.org
Flickr.com
Google.com
HowStuffWorks.com
The Internet Movie Database
iTunes
Kayak.com
NationalGeographic.com
Netflix.com
SimpleWeather.com
Technorati.com
TMZ.com
USA.gov
TelevisionWithoutPity.com
WebMD.com
Wikipedia.org
Yahoo.com

there must be an equivalent list here which i can't find immediately (anybody can help?). my personal favorites overlap some of the sites above, such as flickr, delicious and digg, but also include a few chinese sites i consider "indispensable" in my daily life.

Ctrip used to be my most favorite one. the site provides information of travel destinations, hotels and airline tickets. i often use it to collect information and find pals to travel together, sometimes a team would attract as many as hundreds of people. here are two photos taken by a group of backpackers who assembled themselves in Ctrip (source post, in chinese):





Douban is a very popular web 2.0 application among young people, it focuses on reviews of books, music and movies and, recently it launches a blog aggregator service called "9 oclock" which i immediately get hooked. i use the site mainly to update my list of  books and movies i want to buy, when the books in the list adds up to about 15, i will use Joyo-amazon (now a subsidiary of amazon) or Dangdang to purchase them online.

Dianping is a restaurant review sites that offers local versions in over 30 chinese cities. it is most successful in shanghai and as i know, very popular among all age groups. i use the site quite often, mainly to find restaurants to socialize business contacts or dine out with families.

there are a number of other sites i can't live without. a yahoo group that helps me keep contact with my schoolmates, news and weather forecast sites, and certainly, google.

i try to keep the list as short as possible, so if you have something to add, pls leave a comment here.

posted @ 4:35 PM